NEWTON, Mass. – The home opener for Mount Ida College women's lacrosse saw sophomore Alyssa Kelly (lee, Mass.) score seven goals as the Mustangs improved to 2-0 on the year with a 15-5 victory over visiting Wentworth Institute on Wednesday evening at Alumni Field.
Kelly's offensive performance, which also included six draw controls, along with 14 saves from freshman goalie Jessica Henry (Wilbraham, Mass.) were the difference in the game, with Mount Ida scoring the first six goals and leading 10-2 at halftime, sending Wentworth to 0-1 in their season opener.
Nicole Pavao (Peabody, Mass.) scored the first two goals of the game on her way to a hat trick, and Brooke Scahill (Ledyard, Conn.), Hayley Napier (Fairhaven, Mass.) and Kelly's first two goals of the game gave Mount Ida the 6-0 advantage.
Wentworth got on the board through sophomore Brooke Paradis (Pelham, N.H.), who would go on to score four of their five goals.
Julie Dam (Milford, Mass.) pulled Wentworth back to a 7-2 deficit, before Kelly scored on either side of a Napier goal to end the half.
Paradis scored three more times in the second half for the Leopards, but before her brace in the final two minutes the Mustangs had extended their lead to 15-3.
The Mustangs outshot Wentworth 33-29 and had a 17-14 edge in ground balls. Kelly and Pavao caused two turnovers apiece, while Emily McConnell (Dracut, Mass.) grabbed four ground balls and also scored in the win.
Wentworth sophomore Liz Gunning (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) made nine saves, while Natalie Wood (Holden, Mass.) caused two turnovers and picked up two ground balls.
Next up for Mount Ida is a trip to Florida during spring break, where they will play Rhode Island College on March 7th and Drew University on March 8th.
The Leopards will be going to Hilton Head, South Carolina for their spring break, and will play Wilkes on Tuesday at 11:30 AM.