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March 16, 2013

TROCCHI LEADS MEN'S LAX TO FIRST LEAGUE VICTORY SATURDAY

Saturday, March 16, 2013 (Nashua, New Hampshire) - Mount Ida College men's lacrosse sophomore attacker Michael Trocchi (Danvers, MA/Danvers) added a game-high three goals and a career-high seven assists in an 11-6 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) victory over hosting Rivier University Saturday afternoon in Nashua, New Hampshire in the back end of a twin bill with the men's teams. 

After dropping the past three contests, the Mustangs put behind their losing ways with their first GNAC victory of the season (1-0) to remain perfect in league action improving to 2-4 for the 2013 season. 

In a chippy game that saw 16 penalties the Mustangs offense overpowered the Rivier defense. Mount Ida was off to a 2-0 start after they scored their first goal of the afternoon shorthanded with 6:13 remaining in the first quarter by Phil Pichel (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton) assisted by Trocchi.  Mount Ida struck again with a goal by senior midfielder Jake Davis (Chester, NH/Pinkerton Academy). Continuing to battle in the first quarter the Raiders responded with a goal by freshman David Bray (West Suffield, CT) assisted by Mike Arricale (Billerica, MA). Bray would also have a 50% day in the face-off circle (5-10).

The Raiders would continue their scoring roll in the second quarter with an unassisted Brandon Hanifin (Tewksbury, MA) goal. A minute and a half later junior Danny Hooper (Wakefield, RI) notched his first of two goals on the afternoon. Following up was the lone goal one the man up with a goal by freshman Kyle Graham (Londonderry, NH). Graham would also have eight groundballs in the Raider's defensive effort. Mount Ida would respond with three goals in the last five minutes of the half.

The Rivier offense would struggle in the second half only able to muster two goals for the rest of the afternoon. Danny Hooper scored his with 4:28 left in the 3rd and Robert Auer (Salem, NH) scored his off an assist by Hanifin with five minutes remaining in the game. The Raiders were outscored 6-2 in the second half and outshot 27-12. Clark Plummer led the Raider's defense and kept the Raiders in the contest with 25 saves.

Mount Ida men's lacrosse will head to Daniel Webster College Tuesday afternoon for more league action with opening face-off coming at 3:30 p.m.

Some Content Courtesy of Rivier University Sports Information