PAXTON, Mass. – The Mount Ida College women's lacrosse team collected their first Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) victory of the season this afternoon by defeating Anna Maria by a final score of 20-4.
With the win, Mount Ida improves to 3-8 (1-5 GNAC) while Anna Maria drops to 0-6 (0-5 GNAC) on the season.
The Mustangs recorded a season high twenty goals and were led offensively by several key contributors. Molly Sheppard (Brookhaven, N.Y) tallied a game high four goals and one assist and teammates Rebecca Beaulieu (Weare, N.H) and Kaitlyn Affhauser (Cheshire, Mass.) each tallied a hat trick and an assist of their own. Mount Ida also saw graduate student Alison Koning (Carlisle, Mass.), Samantha Basler (Plymouth, Mass.), Christina Gedick (Acton, Mass.) and Nikki Kinnen (Salem, N.H.) all record two goals with Kinnen also recording one assist. Amanda Bowen (Randolph, Vt.) notched one goal and a team high three assists while Kayla Bravo scored one marker in the contest.
Mount began the contest scoring the first five goals of the game. Gedick got things started for the visitors at the 26:50 mark giving the Mustangs the early 1-0 advantage. Over the course of the next five plus minutes, Sheppard tallied two goals with Beaulieu and Affhauser scoring once each to up the Mustang lead to 5-0. Sophomore midfielder Brittany Jackson (Larchmont, N.Y.) netted the first goal of the game for the hosts at the 21:18 mark of the half while cutting into the Mount Ida lead at 5-1.
After the Jackson goal for Anna Maria, Mount Ida would continue their scoring spree by scoring nine consecutive goals to take the commanding 14-1 lead into the break. Koning, Gedick, and Kinnen all tallied unassisted goals while Bowen and Sheppard scored back to back off the sticks of Affhauser and Beaulieu. Basler, Bravo, and two goals from Beaulieu finished off the first half of play with four goals in the last twelve minutes of play.
Anna Maria started things off in the second half by scoring the first two goals off tallies by Emily Adriaansen (Pepperel, Mass.) and Jackson yet again, both unassisted markers. With the 14-3 cushion, Mount Ida added to its lead with three quick ones from Affhauser, Kinnen, and Sheppard, putting the visitors ahead for good, 17-3. Adriaansen tallied her second and final goal of the afternoon for the AMCats before Affhauser, Basler and Koning finished things off for Mount Ida, notching the final three goals of the contest.
Junior netminder Sammy Levitt (Wayland, Mass.) took the victory for Mount Ida improving to (3-7), while Bridget Larson (Hull, Mass.) drops to (0-3) on the year.
Mount Ida put an astounding 38 shots on goal, out shooting Anna Maria 43-13. Sheppard led the way for the Mustangs picking up five ground balls on the afternoon. The Mustangs held the slight edge in ground balls, 21-17. Katelynne Ketchum (Palmer, Mass.) and Ashling Keegan (Holden, Mass.) each recorded three ground balls each for Anna Maria.
Mount Ida will be back at home on Alumni Field on Thursday afternoon when they return to non-conference action by taking on Fitchburg State at 3:30 p.m. Anna Maria will also return to their home confines on Thursday when they entertain Elms College with a 4:00 game time.