MOUNT IDA WOMEN’S LACROSSE
2018 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Semifinals
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Alumni Field, Auburndale, Mass.
FINAL: LASELL 17, MOUNT IDA 8
AUBURNDALE, Mass. -- Junior Jordan McComb (Cumberland, R.I.) netted six goals and an assist for seven points to lead second-seeded Lasell to a 17-8 victory over third-seeded Mount Ida in semifinal round action of the 2018 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championships played Tuesday afternoon at Grellier Field.
The host Lasers, who improve to 14-3 overall with their ninth straight victory, advance to Saturday’s league title match against Johnson & Wales at 1:00 p.m. at Scotts Miracle-Gro Field in Providence, R.I., as the top-seeded Wildcats advanced with a 19-4 triumph over fourth-seeded Regis in Tuesday’s other semifinal contest. The visiting Mustangs conclude their campaign at 12-5 overall with the setback.
Senior Taylor Yandow’s (Moretown, Vt.) goal 5:27 into the contest enabled Lasell to forge an early 2-2 tie, but Mount Ida used markers from freshman Jordyn Ringuette (Colchester, Conn.) and senior Emily McConnell (Dracut, Mass.) in a 35 second span to take a 4-2 edge with just over 22 minutes remaining in the half. The Lasers then took control of the contest by scoring the final seven goals of the opening period, including two each off the sticks of McComb and freshman Kellie Matthews (Walpole, Mass.), to take a 9-4 advantage at the break.
The Mustangs crept back to within three in the opening 4:25 after intermission on goals from junior Alyssa Kelly (Lee, Mass.) and senior Hayley Napier (Fairhaven, Mass.), but Lasell responded with five unanswered tallies (two each from McComb and Yandow) and took a 14-6 lead with 11:11 to play on sophomore Sam Taylor’s (Hanover, Mass.) marker. Mount Ida cut its deficit to six on goals by Ringuette and junior Brooke Scahill (Gales Ferry, Conn.) with just over nine minutes remaining, and the hosts iced their triumph by collecting the last three scores of the afternoon to account for the final margin.
Yandow tallied five times in the win for the Lasers, who received a pair of goals and five assists from junior Vanessa Pino (Methuen, Mass.). Matthews added a pair of markers for Lasell, which also received a tally off the stick of sophomore Amanda DiLeonardo (West Haven, Conn.). Kelly and Scahill each netted two goals and an assist in the setback for Mount Ida, as the duo finished the year with a combined 230 points (144 goals, 86 assists).
Sophomore Morgan Choquet (Woonsocket, R.I.) earned her 14th win of the season in goal for Lasell with a 17-save effort, including 12 first half stops, while senior Eleanor Garvey (Elkridge, Md.) made 12 saves in the setback for Mount Ida. The Lasers outshot the Mustangs by a 37-34 margin overall (29-25 on goal) and held an 18-9 advantage in draw controls for the match to avenge a 15-10 setback suffered to Mount Ida back on March 31st.
The Mustangs advanced to the GNAC semifinals for the second straight season and for the third time in program history, as Head Coach Nicole Poli has guided her squad to 26 victories over the last two campaigns combined.