NEWTON, Mass. – Seniors Nicole Pavao (Peabody, Mass.), Rebecca Beaulieu (Weare, N.H.) and Nikki Kinneen (Salem, N.H.) were honored on the field in a pre-game ceremony, as they played their final regular season home game on Wednesday evening.
Unfortunately, Mount Ida then saw their three-game win streak snapped by the red-hot Johnson & Wales Wildcats, who improved to 8-0 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's lacrosse play by handing the Mustangs a 20-6 defeat.
Mount Ida drops to 13-3 on the year and 6-2 in the conference, though they are still locked in to host the first home playoff game in program history next week.
Brooke Scahill (Ledyard, Conn.) and Alyssa Kelly (Lee, Mass.) had two goals apiece, but the Mustangs couldn't match the offensive firepower of Johnson & Wales, who scored eleven of twelve goals after Scahill had given the Mustangs the lead just over a minute into action.
The Wildcats had seven players record three or more points, led by Alexandra Anton (Dix Hills, N.Y.), who had two goals and four assists and Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, R.I.), who scored four times and added a helper.
One of the keys to victory for JWU was their dominance off of the draw, where they had a 19-8 advantage, led by seven draw controls apiece by Lydia Knapp (Glen Falls, N.Y.) and Gabrielle Vasile (Milford, Mass.). Vasile, who had a team-high three caused turnovers, and Knapp each scored hat tricks for the visitors, as did Madeline Bishara (Saunderstown, R.I.) and Allison Pazienski (New Hyde, N.Y.).
Outshot 37-17, Mount Ida got 15 combined saves from Jessica Henry (Wilbraham, Mass.) and Eleanor Garvey (Elkridge, Md.) between the pipes. Meghan Sargent (Brattleboro, Vt.) caused a pair of turnovers and picked up two ground balls in the effort.
Junior Marianna Consiglio (New Fairfield, Conn.) stopped seven shots and allowed just six goals to earn the win for JWU.
Johnson & Wales (12-4) has a chance to finish the conference season undefeated when they head to Saint Joseph (CT) for a 1:00 pm start on Saturday.
Mount Ida's final game of the regular season will also be on Saturday, when they travel to cross-town rivals Lasell for a 12:00 pm game.