MUSTANGS TOP EAGLES, EARN GNAC VICTORY, 10-6
April 4, 2013 (Newton, Massachusetts)- The Mount Ida College men's lacrosse team defeated the visiting Eagles of Daniel Webster College by a score of 10-6, staying undefeated in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play, heading into this weekend's tilt with Norwich University. With the win, the Mustangs improve to (5-6, 4-0 GNAC) while the Eagles drop to (1-6, 0-5 GNAC).
Phil Pichel (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton) got the Mustangs on the board first at the 9:00 mark in the first quarter giving the hosts an early 1-0 advantage. With just nine seconds left in the quarter freshman midfielder Anthony Cotoni (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable) tied the game at 1-1 for the Eagles on an unassisted goal.
As the second quarter began, Mount Ida would score the first five goals of the quarter on tallies by Corey Gelbstein (Greenwich, CT/Forman), Michael Markevich (Westminster, MA/Oakmont), JT Hoyt (Westfield, MA/Westfield), and Pichel and Markevich's second tallies of the afternoon giving the Mustangs a commanding 6-1 lead. Dan Knupfer (Corfu, NY/Pembroke) would score his first goal of the day with just 4:58 left in the half inching the visitors closer to hosts at a score of 6-2. Zach Rosen (East Greenwich, RI/St. Andrew's School) would increase the Mustang lead to 7-2 at the 3:27 mark before Chris Gordon (Groton, MA/Nashoba Valley) would tally his only score of the game with 1:49 on the clock. The half would end with Mount Ida leading the Eagles by a score of 7-3.
The third quarter would see very little scoring as both teams combined for only three goals. Ryan Tirelli (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown) would open the half with his only goal of the game increasing the Mustang lead to 8-3. Daniel Webster would score the next two goals on tallies by Cotoni and Knupfer, inching the visitors closer, by a score of 8-5.
Hoyt would add to the hosts' margin at the 7:59 mark of the fourth quarter, while giving Mount Ida a slight cushion at 9-5. Cotoni would add his third goal of the game, good for a hat trick with just 3:38 left in the game but it would prove not enough as Tirelli would put the game out of reach with just 0:44 remaining on the clock, giving the Mustangs the conference victory.
Junior goaltender Anthony Genualdo (Peabody, MA/Mystic Valley) would see the entirety of the game in net for the Mustangs, making six saves on twelve shots. Senior net minder Tommy Driscoll (South Boston, MA/Catholic Memorial) saw all sixty minutes for the Eagles, making twenty-seven saves on thirty-seven shots.
The Mustangs will get back to work on Saturday, April 6th, with first place in the GNAC on the line as they will host the Cadets of Norwich University with game time slated for 1:00 p.m. Daniel Webster will travel to Mitchell College with a 7:00 p.m. start time.