Mount Ida falls to an overall record of 2-5 heading into a key match-up against Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) memeber Becker College on Alumni Field in Newton, Massachusetts this Saturday with game time slated for 1:00 p.m. The win was the second straight for the Huskies improving their overall record to 2-3.
Along with a solid outing from Yacuzzi, the Mustangs saw one goal and two helpers from senior midfielder Jake Davis (Chester, NH/Pinkerton Academy) while junior attacker Zach Rosen (East Greenwich, RI/St. Andrew's School) added a tally. Mount Ida junior net minder Craig Bray (New Canaan, CT/Vermont Academy) stopped nine Huskie shots.
Senior Kyle Baker (Kennebunk, ME) scored a game-high four goals and classmate Ryan Hatch (Cape Elizabeth, ME) stopped 10 shots for the hosts. Baker scored all his goals in the first half as the Huskies built a 6-3 lead. Senior Kayle Hamilton (Buxton, ME/Bonny Eagle) had a pair of goals in the fourth quarter to give the Huskies some breathing room after the Mustangs closed to within one, 6-5, in the third quarter. Senior Ryan Foley (Cape Elizabeth, ME) and sophomore Kaleb Smith (West Gardiner, ME) had the other goals for the Huskies.
Yacuzzi gave the visitors a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal in three minutes into the game. The lead lasted only 20 seconds as Foley rolled the cage and beat Bray to equalize. Baker scored twice in the first quarter to give USM a 3-1 advantage after 15 minutes.
Rosen cut the deficit to one taking a pass from Davis and beating Hatch. Smith scored a man-up goal for the Huskies at 9:32, and Baker pushed the lead to 5-2 with his third goal at 5:11. Yacuzzi netted his second goal off a feed from behind the4 net by Davis less that minute later. Baker countered after taking a pass from junior Dylan Kenney (Portland, ME) with 2:20 to play in the half.
Yacuzzi and Davis had the only goals in the third quarter to cut the Huskies lead to one, 6-5, after three quarters. Hatch got some help from the crossbar when Yacuzzi rocketed a shot off the iron with the score 6-4 at the time.
Hamilton gave the Huskies two insurance markers in the final quarter. He made a nifty catch on a feed from senior Mark White (Oakville, Ontario) and beat Bray from the left side to make it 7-5 in the opening seconds of the quarter. Hamilton later iced the game dodging his way through three defenders to score an unassisted goal with 2:23 remaining.
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