MEDFORD, Mass. -- Mount Ida scored seven times in the opening five minutes and did not allow a single shot on goal as they cruised to a 20-0 win over Newbury College in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Saturday at Hormel Stadium, the season opener for both teams and the first ever varsity contest for the Nighthawks.
It is the just the fourth shutout in the program's history, and is the fourth most goals scored in a game by the team.
Freshman Brooke Scahill (Ledyard, Conn.) led the way with four goals, an assist, six ground balls and eight draw controls, while last year's Rookie of the Year Alyssa Kelly (Lee, Mass.) had six points on two goals and four helpers, and junior Hayley Napier (Fairhaven, Mass.) had three goals, three assists and a caused turnover.
Emily McConnell (Lowell, Mass.) scored the first of her three goals just 1:14 into the action, a goal that would eventually stand up as the game-winner. Scahill, Nikki Kineen (Salem, N.H.), Napier, and Kelly scored in succession before Napier became the first player to tally twice with still less than two minutes having ticked off the clock.
The Mustangs led 12-0 at the break, and freshmen Meghan Sargent (Brattleboro, Vt.) and Jenessa Corbett (Westbrook, Maine), Sara Hall (Barnegat, N.J.) and Jamie Overoye (Lowell, Mass.) all scored their first collegiate goals in the second half.
Jessica Henry (Wilbraham, Mass.) was not tested in net while recording a shutout in her college debut, while Newbury's freshman Keely Molloy (Staten Island, N.Y.) made six stops as the Mustangs outshot their opponents 33-0.
It has been three years since the last women's lacrosse shutout, a 17-0 win over Bay Path on April 10th, 2014 in Newton.
The Nighthawks will continue to look for their first win as a varsity program on Wednesday, March 1st when they host Colby-Sawyer College at 7:00 pm.
Mount Ida plays their home opener at 6:00 pm the same night with Wentworth Institute of Technology coming to Alumni Field.