NEWTON, Mass. – Alyssa Kelly (Lee, Mass.) scored eight goals and had four assists to tie the Mount Ida College women's lacrosse program record for points in a game and help the Mustangs to a 20-4 win over Albertus Magnus College in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Kelly had a hand in either scoring or setting up ten straight goals as the Mustangs (11-2, 4-1 GNAC) got back in the win column after suffering their first defeat since March 8th their last time out.
Mount Ida never trailed, jumping out to a 5-0 lead thanks to an early hat trick from sophomore Brooke Scahill (Ledyard, Conn.), who ended the game with five points and six draw controls.
Emily O'Connell (Dracut, Mass.) had six points on three goals and three assists, and Hayley Napier (Fairhaven, Mass.) scored a hat trick as well as the Mustangs outshot their opponents 49-11 and caused 34 turnovers while making just 14 themselves.
Kelly had four caused turnovers and six ground balls, while freshman Jenessa Corbett (Westbrook, Maine) caused three turnovers. The Mustangs kept the Falcons out of their offensive end for much of the game, holding the visitors to 10-29 on clear attempts and dominating the middle of the field, while clearing their zone 15 out of 18 tries.
Nikki Kern (Wallingford, Conn.) got the Falcons on the board at the 13:41 mark, but the Mustangs scored the final seven goals of the half, including five straight by Kelly, two on assists from Scahill.
Albertus Magnus, who got 19 saves out of sophomore goalie Lexie Fenn (Oakville, Conn.) scored three of the final five goals of the game, including two by Kaitlin D'Agostino (Hamden, Conn.).
Splitting time in the net for Mount Ida was junior Eleanor Garvey (Elkridge, Md.), who made two saves and allowed just one goal in the first half, and freshman Jessica Henry (Wilbraham, Mass.), who stopped three shots in the second.
The highlight day for Kelly comes exactly two years to the day after Amanda Bowen set the single-game scoring mark with 10 goals and 12 points against Becker College. The sophomore now has 62 goals and 86 points to lead the GNAC and continues to climb in the national ranks for scoring.
The Mustangs now head on the road to face Norwich on April 19th in a 7:00 pm game in Vermont.
Albertus Magnus (4-4, 1-4 GNAC) plays at Johnson & Wales at the same time.