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April 10, 2013

MUSTANGS EDGE EMMANUEL, EARN GNAC VICTORY, 8-7

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 (Newton, Massachusetts)- The Mount Ida College men's lacrosse team defeated the Saints of Emmanuel College by a score of 8-7 on Wednesday night in a back and forth battle in the rain on Alumni Field.  With the win, the Mustangs improve to an overall record of (6-7, 5-1 GNAC) while Emmanuel drops to (4-8, 2-4 GNAC). 

Freshman attack Kaile MacLean Daley (Moretown, VT) got the visitors on the board first at the 12:57 mark of the first quarter, giving Emmanuel the lead 1-0 early on.  The hosts would respond two minutes later when freshman attack Michael Markevich (Westminster, MA/Oakmont) would knot the score at 1-1 on an assist from Zach Rosen (East Greenwich, RI/St. Andrews School).  Mount Ida would take the lead from Emmanuel at the 9:26 mark when Michael Trocchi (Danvers, MA/Danvers) tallied his first unassisted goal of the game, giving the Mustangs a 2-1 lead.  Justin Kelly (Collegeville, PA) would score his only goal of the game with 7:10 left in the first, tying the score at 2-2 for the Saints after one quarter of play.

The Mustangs would come out of the gate in the second, scoring the only three goals of the quarter.  Markevich's second tally of the day came from Rosen's second assist of the game, while JT Hoyt (Westfield, MA/Westfield) and Nick Yacuzzi (Oakham, MA/St. John's-Shrewsbury) both added unassisted tallies before the halftime whistle, giving the Mustangs some cushion at 5-2.

Ryan Sabuda (Indianapolis, IN) opened the third quarter with his only goal of the game off an assist by Jake Jaskolski (St. Claire's Shore, MI), inching the Saints closer at 5-3.  Jaskolski himself would add his first score of the game just a minute later cutting the lead to 5-4 in favor of the Mustangs.  Trocchi added his second goal of the contest at the 12:12 mark on a man up tally giving Mount Ida the 6-4 lead after three.

Jaskolski scored an unassisted goal for the Saints at the 14:18 mark, good for his second goal of the game, and once again moving Emmanuel within striking distance.  Five minutes later MacLean Daley would strike again for the visitors tying the game at 6-6 with a swing of momentum for the Saints.  Yacuzzi would regain the lead for the Mustangs with just 4:06 remaining in the game, giving the slight edge to Mount Ida at 7-6.  JT Hoyt would add some insurance at the 3:04 mark on an unassisted goal that would give the Mustangs an 8-6 lead.  The visitors however were not done, as MacLean Daley scored his third goal of the game, good for the hat trick with just 0:18 seconds left in the game. 

The Mustangs would run out the remaining 0:18 seconds of play and notch the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) win by a final score of 8-7.

Junior keeper Craig Bray (New Canaan, CT/Vermont Academy) saw the entirety of the game in goal for the Mustangs, making five saves on twelve shots.  Austin Lauzier (Bedford, NH) played all sixty minutes for the visitors, notching thirteen saves on twenty-one shots. 

Mount Ida will hit the road and visit GNAC opponent Anna Maria College on Saturday afternoon with game time slated for 12:00 p.m.  The Saints will get back to work Saturday as well, as they travel to Becker College for a 1:00 p.m. game.