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Remarkable Season Comes to a Close in GNAC Semifinals

Remarkable Season Comes to a Close in GNAC Semifinals

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – By far the best season in Mount Ida College women's lacrosse program history came to an end on Friday evening as the #4 seeded Mustangs suffered a 19-8 defeat to top seeded Johnson & Wales, the number eight scoring offense in the country, in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) semifinals. 

The Mustangs finish their season with a 14-5 record, a win total five more than the program's previous high. Along the way, Mount Ida ran off a record seven game win streak, smashed scoring records for a single-season and watched sophomore Alyssa Kelly (Lee, Mass.) score over 100 points in the season to lead the GNAC and rank in the top ten in the country. 

Johnson & Wales improves to 15-4 on the year with their 12th straight win, and will host the GNAC championship game on Sunday at 1:00 pm against #6 seed Simmons, who shocked Saint Joseph's Maine 11-10 in the other semifinal tonight. 

Kelly had three goals and two assists to lead Mount Ida and end her season with 105 points, 25 more than the next closest player in the conference.

Allison Pazienski (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) had 4 goals while Gabrielle Vasile (Milford, Mass.) had 5 goals to pace the Wildcats. 

Johnson & Wales got out to a fast start, scoring three goals in first four minutes of the opening half. Pazienski found the back of the net twice during the run. 

Alyssa Kelly scored a goal and assisted on Emily McConnell's (Dracut, Mass.) tally as the Mustangs pulled within 5-2 at the 20:19 mark of the first half. 

JWU senior midfielder Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, NY) scored twice during a 6-0 run as the Wildcats built an 11-2 lead with 12:33 remaining in the opening stanza. JWU took a 15-4 edge into the locker room. 

History was made on the same goal late in the second half. Knapp found a cutting Gabrielle Vasile (Milford, Mass.) who scored from point-blank range. It was the 100th goal of Vasile's career and Knapp's 100th assist. Knapp is the first player in school history to reach 100 assists. 

Brooke Scahill (Ledyard, Conn.) had two goals and she and Meghan Sargent (Brattleboro, Vt.) each grabbed a team-high four ground balls. Hayley Napier (Fairhaven, Mass.) and Nikki Kinneen (Salem, N.H.) also scored for the Mustangs. 

Jessica Henry (Wilbraham, Mass.) and Eleanor Garvey (Elkridge, Md.) split time in goal and combined for nine saves for Mount Ida. 

The Wildcats had a 33-26 margin in shots and 29-21 advantage in ground balls. Elizabeth Tonn (Wantage, NY) snared a game-high six ground balls.