NEWTON, Mass. – The Mount Ida College women's lacrosse team were defeated by the Lasers of Lasell College by a final score of 24-12 this afternoon on the confines of a soggy Alumni Field. With the win, Lasell improves to 8-6 (6-3 GNAC) while Mount Ida drops to 6-10 (2-7 GNAC).
Before the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) showdown began, Mount Ida recognized six seniors on Senior Day. Coach Nicole Poli and the entire athletic staff recognized Alison Koning (Carlisle, Mass.), Stephanie Kehoe (Saugus, Mass.), Kayla Bravo (East Providence, R.I.), Molly Sheppard (Brookhaven, N.Y.), Christina Gedick (Acton, Mass.) and Tiana Howard (Taunton, Mass.) in a pregame ceremony for their dedication and contributions to the women's lacrosse program.
In her final home game of her career, Sheppard notched two goals and one assist good for three points on the afternoon while Koning capped her home career three ground balls on the afternoon while causing two turnovers in the GNAC contest.
Freshman Rebecca Beaulieu (Weare, N.H.) opened up the scoring and gave the hosts the early 1-0 advantage just twenty-six seconds into the game when she scored her 35th goal of the season. The visiting Lasers responded with three straight tallies from Toni Minnelli (Newington, Conn.) off a free position shot, Caitlyn Bracer (Cheshire, Conn.) off the stick of Brittney Wuorio (Bolton, Mass.) and Lisi Anczok (Buffalo, N.Y.) off a pass from teammate Taylor Dooley (Barnstable, Mass.). Junior attack Amanda Bowen (Randolph, Vt.) scored her first goal of the game from teammate Kaitlyn Affhauser (Chesire Conn.) before Bowen herself notched her first assist of the afternoon on Sheppard's 48th goal of the season.
With the score tied at three all, the Lasers went on to score nine out of the next twelve goals to up their halftime lead of 12-5. During that span Bridget Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) recorded four goals while Wuorio assisted on two of those goals and teammate Bridget Munnelly (Bellingham, Mass.) tallied a helper on Doherty's 22nd of the season. Brecher who also recorded a hat trick during the scoring spree notched her 37th, 38th, and 39th markers of the season. Laser's Ashlee Pechulius (Westfield, Mass.) and Ashley Gleason (Suffield, Conn.) finished off the first half scoring with their first goals of the game. Beaulieu scored her second tally of the first half while Sheppard notched her team leading 49th goal of the season with just two seconds remaining in the opening stanza.
Mount Ida and Lasell exchanged the first four goals of the second half with Beaulieu starting the second half off just like the first, potting her 4th goal of the contest on an unassisted tally at the 29:26 marker. Gleason responded less than a minute later before Beaulieu finished her scoring for the game with her 38th goal of the year with 27:04 remaining in the game. Wuorio improved the Laser lead to 14-7 when she recorded her first goal of the day.
The Mustangs inched closer to the visitors lead scoring two straight goals from Bowen and Samantha Basler (Plymouth, Mass.) that brought the Mustangs within distance at 14-9. Dooley notched her first and second goals of her team leading five on the contest with a free position goal and a helper from Pechulius while Pechulius joined the scoring and increased the Lasell lead to 17-9.
In the remaining 20:53 of play Affhauser and Bowen (2) finished the scoring for Mount Ida while Lasell scored seven more times to add to their lead at 24-12. Dooley recorded three more goals to her total while Gleason potted two more markers and teammates Brecher and Wuorio each scored once.
In the win, Dooley, Brecher, Doherty, and Gleason combined for 18 goals, leading the way for Lasell, while Dooley also had one helper on the afternoon. Wuorio tallied a game high five assists in the contest for the Lasers.
Bowen and Beaulieu each netted four goals apiece, while Sheppard capped her final home game with two scores and added one assist.
Pechulius recorded four ground balls for the visitors, who edged Mount Ida 15-11 in that category. Koning led the way for the Mustangs with three ground balls. Bowen caused a team high three turnovers in the loss for Mount Ida.
Junior net minder Alexa Katsigianis (Amherst, N.H.) recorded five saves in the conference matchup before being replaced by freshman Brooke Bergeron (Swampscott, Mass.) who made two stops. Sammy Levitt (Wayland, Mass.) notched eight saves on the afternoon.
With playoff implications on the line, Mount Ida will finish the regular season when they travel to Connecticut on Saturday afternoon to face off against the Blue Jays of Saint Joseph (CT) with game time slated for 1:00 p.m. Lasell will square off against Western New England University on Thursday afternoon in Springfield, Mass. with game time set for 4:00.