PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On Wednesday afternoon, the Mount Ida College women's lacrosse team hosted and won their first home playoff game in program history, and are into the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) semifinals for just the second time.
Tonight they will travel to top-seeded Johnson & Wales University with a chance to reach Sunday's championship game on the line for the #4 seeded Mustangs.
The Mustangs and Wildcats come into the game with matching 14-4 records, though Johnson & Wales has won 11 straight games and is undefeated in conference play, a streak that includes a 20-6 win over Mount Ida at Alumni Field on April 26th.
How They Got Here
Mount Ida got four goals apiece from Nicole Pavao (Peabody, Mass.) and Brooke Scahill (Ledyard, Conn.) and 14 saves out of freshman Jessica Henry (Wilbraham, Mass.) as they defeated Emmanuel College 12-9 in their quarterfinal matchup.
The Mustangs never trailed in the game, and took a 7-3 advantage into the break before holding off the Saints, who would cut the lead to a goal just ten minutes into the second half. Hayley Napier (Fairhaven, Mass.) scored twice in the final 14:30 to help Mount Ida preserve the lead.
The Wldcats had no problem with Rivier University in their quarterfinal matchup, scoring the opening six goals of the game and racing out to a 15-1 halftime lead en route to a 23-5 rout.
Juliana Giello (Warwick, N.Y.) had five goals and two assists and Alexandra Anton (Dix Hills, N.Y.) assisted on six goals for JWU, who outshot their opponents 40-12.
All-Time and Postseason History
The all-time series between the schools consists of four meetings, and they have all gone in favor of the Wildcats, who have earned two wins in Providence and two in Newton. This is the first time these teams will meet in the postseason.
The Mustangs are making their seventh postseason appearance in eight years as a program, and have now reached the semifinals twice, with their only other appearance in 2011.
JWU is looking to return to the GNAC championship game for the second consecutive season. Last year the Wildcats lost to Lasell 12-9 on their home field.
The winner of tonight's game will face off against the winner of the other semifinals matchup between Simmons and Saint Joseph's (ME). That game is set for 8:00 pm tonight in Standish, Maine, as the Sharks look for another upset after topping #3 seed Lasell in the first round.
How to Watch
Live Video: http://providence.jwuathletics.com/links/96bwv0