NEWTON, Mass. – Mount Ida dropped their second Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) contest of the season on a balmy Alumni Field on Tuesday afternoon by a final score of 20-8 to the Sharks of Simmons College.
With the conference setback, the Mustangs now drop to 2-8 (1-2 GNAC) while the Sharks improve to 5-4 and 2-1 in league play.
Mount Ida was led by Nicole Pavao (Peabody, Mass.) who tallied a team high five goals, two ground balls and two caused turnovers. The trio of Hayley Napier (Fairhaven, Mass.), Alyssa Kelly (Lee, Mass.) and Samantha Basler (Plymouth, Mass.) provided the other three Mustang goals while Kelly also padded four assists. Kelly, who also led the team in caused turnovers with four, also grabbed three ground balls.
Simmons opened the GNAC tilt by scoring the first four goals of the contest to take the early lead just minutes into the opening stanza. Kasey Fries (Bridgewater, Mass.) scored her first of eight goals, a game high, to give the Sharks the 3-0 lead at the 23:44 mark before teammate Ashley Sheehan (North Attleboro, Mass.) padded the lead at 4-0.
Kelly cut into the Shark lead by responding with her 30th tally of the season off Napier's second helper of the season. Simmons rattled off another three goals over the course of the next two and a half minutes to give Simmons the commanding 7-1 lead. After Shark tallies by Jolene Potter (Readfield, Me.), Missy Maiewski (Northampton, Mass.) and Fries' second of the day, Pavao notched her 22nd marker of the season, a man up goal off the stick of Kelly for the Mustangs.
With 7:37 remaining on the clock, Fries scored her third goal of the game before Maiewski and Alexia Malone Oliver (Bristol, R.I.) notched goals while Malone Oliver's was of the free position brand.
The Mustangs battled back and cut the Shark lead in half at 10-5 before the half while scoring three straight goals on two tallies by Pavao and a lone tally by Napier.
Fries once again found the back of the net to begin the second half before Basler got the Mustangs on the board with a FPS at the 21:32 mark. Fries (2) and Maiewski scored the next three for the Sharks while taking the convincing 14-6 lead with just under eighteen minutes remaining in the game. Elena Bragg (Belmont, Mass.) increased the lead to 15-6 before Pavao tallied two straight for Ida while bringing the hosts back within seven.
Simmons closed out the GNAC matchup by scoring the last five goals of the contest with Maiewski, Fries (2), Malone Oliver and Kiera Kirkaldy (Middlebury, Vt.) rounding out the scoring for the Sharks.
Kirkaldy led all Sharks with two assists while teammate Lauren Williams (Bowdoinham, Me.) tallied a team high eight ground balls. Bragg tallied four caused turnovers in the win for Simmons.
Jackie Tarsook (Derry, N.H.) took the loss for the Mustangs while making eight saves and Kenzie Rogers (Bourne, Mass.) made 13 saves in the GNAC victory.
Mount Ida is back in action this coming Saturday when they travel to Johnson and Wales with game time set for 1:00. Simmons also hits the road for a Saturday matinee with St. Joe's (ME) with game time also set for 1:00.