Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - In one of the lowest scoring affairs in Mount Ida College men's lacrosse history, the Mustangs stymied hosting non-league foe New England College defensively capturing a 4-3 victory Wednesday evening led by a game-high three scores from sophomore attacker Kyle Cordaro (Worcester, MA/Herbron Academy).
The Mount Ida defense caused 24 total turnovers for the contest and saw an impressive performance between the pipes from senior netminder Jimmy McAllister (Smithfield, RI/LaSalle Academy) denying 14 Pilgrim attempts.
The Mustangs will travel to their first Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) opponent this Saturday in Boston, Massachusetts visiting Emmanuel College with game time slated for 1:00 p.m.
The Pilgrims would get on the board early as Sam Freihofner (Scarsdale, NY) would register his third goal of the season unassisted just under five minutes into the game. The Mustangs would respond as Kyle Cordaro would put in a pass from Gilson Fernandes Jr. (Saugus, MA/Saugus) netting the game at 1-1 just before the end of the opening quarter.
The two teams would exchange goals early in the second quarter as NEC's Adam Shute (Calgary, Alberta) would score his first goal of the season followed by another score from Mount Ida's Cordaro on a feed from junior Nick Yacuzzi (Worcester, MA/St. John's-Shrewsbury). The Mustangs would get the go ahead tally late in the quarter as Cordaro would strike again with just over five minutes to play off a dish from sophomore Corey Gelbstein (Greenwich, CT/Forman) sending the Mustangs into halftime up 3-2.
The Mustangs would grab the lone goal of the third quarter as Fernandes Jr. would get an unassisted goal at the 10:13 mark extending the Mount Ida lead to 4-2. The Pilgrims would get a goal back a minute and a half into the fourth quarter as Freihofner would net his second unassisted goal of the afternoon.
The Pilgrims would close out the fourth quarter outshooting the Mustangs 8-2 but the Mt. Ida defense would keep NEC off the board and come away with the 4-3 victory.