Wednesday, February 27, 2013 (Middletown, Rhode Island) - Mount Ida College men's lacrosse team (1-0) junior goaltender Kyle Cordaro (West Haven, CT/West Haven) dazzled between the pipes Wednesday evening adding 16 saves leading the Mustangs to a season opening 11-7 non-conference win over host Salve Regina University in Middletown, Rhode Island on a cold and rain soaked field.
Also powering Mount Ida was an impressive first performance from freshman attacker Phil Pichel (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton) with a game-high five goals. 2012 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Rookie-of-the-Year, sophomore attacker Michael Trocchi (Danvers, MA/Danvers), picked up right where he left off last season with two goals and four assists. Senior's Nick Yacuzzi (Worcester, MA/St. John's-Shrewsbury), Jake Davis (Chester, NH/Pinkerton Academy) and Nick Maurias (Peabody, MA/Peabody) all added a goal and an assist in the contest. Junior attacker Zach Rosen (East Greenwich, RI/St. Andrew's School) would also add a goal and two dishes to aid in the victory. Senior face-off specialist Will Krach (Agawam, MA/Agawam) went 9-21 in the middle circle with seen ground balls respectively.
The Mustangs scored the opening goal of the contest on Pichel's first of five scores 29 seconds into the action for the 1-0 advantage.
The visitors surged ahead taking their first lead of the game after two tallies through then next 10 minutes (3:59).
Mount Ida countered knotting the score at 2-2 following Pichel's second goal of the contest on a dish from Trocchi. The Seahawks finished off the opening stanza overtaking the advantage up 3-2 on freshman attacker Jake Pantani's (Branford, CT/Branford) second score on the day off a feed from freshman attacker Sharp Jones (Scituate, MA/Scituate).
The second quarter was dominated by the Mustangs scoring four of five goals recorded before the midway point to command a 6-3 lead on two scores from Pichel and one each from Trocchi and Rosen. Salve Regina pulled within two scores (6-4) with 23 seconds to go before the break on a goal from freshman midfielder Cam Brazill (Ridgewood, NJ/Montclair Kimberly Academy).
Based upon a strong third quarter from the hosts in their first game of the season against a tough Hartwick College squad, Mount Ida Head Coach Andrew Fink knew to put the game out of question at this point in the contest. His team followed suit by notching the first four goals of the third quarter on scores from Davis, Yacuzzi, Maurias and Pichel to overpower the Seahawks taking a 10-4 lead with 1:45 left before the final frame. Salve Regina managed to sneak one in to pull within five (10-5) with 10 seconds to go in the third set on a goals from junior Curtis McKeon (West Haven, CT/St. Joseph).
SRU attempted to make a comeback in the fourth quarter scoring two goals through the first seven minutes (8:18) of the stanza on goals from Jones and senior midfielder Francis McNulty( Durham, CT/Xavier) pulling within three (10-7).
Although the hosts had gained a little momentum scoring the past two goals, a solid performance from Mount Ida netminder Cordaro and a lock down clinic put on by the Mustang defense snuffed out any chance for the Seahawks to gain confidence for a comeback special. Trocchi added the final goal of the contest on a feed from Rosen to send Mount Ida home with the 11-7 victory to open the 2013 season.
The Mustangs will host their first home game of the year against visiting Curry College in the fourth annual Frostbite Classic Saturday afternoon on Alumni Field in Newton, Massachusetts with game time slated for 1:00 p.m. This is the first time since the inception of the annual contest that it will be played at Mount Ida College.