Mustangs Down Falcons in GNAC Tilt
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Mount Ida College women's lacrosse team collected their second Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) victory of the 2014 season by defeating Albertus Magnus by a final score of 20-2 on Celentano Field.
The Mustangs improve to 5-9 (2-6 GNAC) while the Falcons drop to 0-8 (0-8 GNAC) on the year.
Mount Ida opened the game with three unassisted tallies in the first minute and a half byAmanda Bowen (Randolph, Vt.), Molly Sheppard (Brookhaven, N.Y.) and grad student Alison Koning (Carlisle, Mass.) to give the visitors the early 3-0 advantage. Senior attackChristina Gedick (Acton, Mass.) notched her first goal of the game off the stick of Sheppard before fellow Mustang Rebecca Beaulieu (Weare, N.H.) also scored an unassisted marker to give Mount Ida the quick 5-0 cushion.
Albertus Magnus freshman attack Halle Altieri (Guilford, Conn.) scored the only two goals of the afternoon for the Falcons upping her season total to six goals while bringing her team within three of the Mustangs.
After Altieri's two quick strikes, Mount Ida seized control of the game scoring twelve straight times to take a commanding 17-2 lead at the break. Sheppard and Bowen both recorded hat tricks down the stretch of the first half with teammates Nikki Kinnen (Salem, N.H.) andSamantha Basler (Plymouth, Mass.) tallying two of their own in the remaining minutes of the opening stanza. Gedick and GNAC Rookie of the Week Beaulieu also tallied a goal each during the scoring spree for the Mustangs leading into the break.
The second half, much like the first, began with the Mustangs scoring two straight times off the sticks of Basler and Bowen taking the 19-2 lead. With 7:30 remaining in the GNAC contest, Nicole Batakis (East Longmeadow, Mass.) scored her 3rd goal of the season for the Mustangs.
Sheppard led all scorers with five on the afternoon while Bowen was right behind her four markers. Basler recorded a natural hat trick of her own with Bowen also recording a game high four assists.
Junior net minder Sammy Levitt (Wayland, Mass.) took the win for Mount Ida improving to 5-9 while Falcon keeper Erika Blechert (Durham, Conn.) dropped to 0-8.
Mount Ida will be back in action on Thursday afternoon on Alumni Field when they host Bay Path at 4:00. Albertus will travel to Leicester, Massachusetts also on Thursday to take on the Hawks of Becker College with game time slated for 4:00.