NEWTON, Mass – The Mount Ida College women's lacrosse team defeated the Vikings of Salem State University on a soggy Alumni Field this afternoon by a final score of 14-11. Freshman Rebecca Beaulieu (Weare, N.H.), junior Kaitlyn Affhauser (Chesire, Mass.) and senior Molly Sheppard (Brookhaven, N.Y.) combined for ten of Mount Ida's 14 goals while leading the Mustangs to the non-conference victory. With the win, Mount Ida improves to 2-3 on the young season while Salem State drops to 1-2 on the year.
The visitors would get on the board first on a Kristina Conlon (Dracut, Mass.) unassisted tally at the 24:48 mark giving the Vikings the early 1-0 lead. Beaulieu would knot the game at 1-apiece off the stick of graduate student Alison Koning (Carlisle, Mass.) Colon would then give Salem State the 2-1 advantage when she would strike yet again two minutes later. Samantha Basler (Plymouth, Mass.) struck for the hosts while once again tying the game for the Mustangs at 2-2. Salem State stood tall while Nicole Napolitano (Peabody, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal to regain the lead at 3-2 in favor of the Vikings. While Salem stood pat, Beaulieu would strike twice in a span of just over a minute to give Mount Ida their first lead of the contest at 4-3.
Yet again, Salem State would retaliate with three quick scores of their own. Kristen Caso (Framingham, Mass.) would score on a free position shot while Erin Riley (Wakefield, Mass.) tallied her first score of the game on an unassisted shot and Kelly Tanner (Wellesley, Mass.) scored her first marker of the game off an assist from Napolitano. While Salem State took the 6-4 lead, Sheppard would strike for her second goal of the game while bringing the hosts to within one at 6-5. Napolitano and Basler then exchanged quick scores, with the Vikings still keeping the close 7-6 advantage. Freshman defense Katy Hart (Beverly, Mass.) and Napolitano put the Mustangs in a three goal hole right before the half with the score 9-6 before Affhauser and Amanda Bowen (Randolph, Vt.) notched goals in the last two minutes of the half to bring the hosts within one at the break, 9-8.
The second half started just like the first as Salem State would strike first off the stick of Erin Riley (Wakefield, Mass.) good for her second and final goal of the contest giving the visitors another two goal lead at 10-8.
Off the goal from Riley, the Mustangs had different plans. Mount Ida would score six straight goals to take a commanding 14-10 lead with 17:25 remaining in the game. Sheppard would complete the hat trick for the afternoon on two unassisted goals while Affhauser also tallied her final two scores of the game good for a hat trick of her own. Beaulieu would add to her goal count with her fourth marker of the game before Bowen would finish things up for Mount Ida with her second tally of the contest.
Conlon would tally her third goal of the afternoon before Mount Ida's strong defense would stymie the Salem State attack for the final 10:35 minutes of the game while taking the 14-10 non-conference victory.
Junior keeper Sammy Levitt (Wayland, Mass.) took the win for Mount Ida while making eight saves on 24 shots. Freshman Chyenne Jackson (Peabody, Mass.) took the loss while making nine saves on 29 shots.
The Mustangs held a 29-24 advantage in shots, while Salem State held the slight edge in ground balls 19-17. Basler helped the hosts earn a 19-17 advantage in draw controls, winning six of them on the afternoon.
Mount Ida will open GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) play this Saturday, March 15th at conference foe Johnson and Wales University with game time slated for 1:00 p.m. The Vikings will also be back in action on Saturday when they travel to NEWMAC (New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference) member Emerson College for a 1:00 contest.