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Saturday, March 16, 2013 (Nashua, New Hampshire) - The Mount Ida College women's lacrosse team dropped their third straight defeat and their first Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) loss of the young 2013 season against hosting Rivier University Saturday afternoon falling 15-8 in Nashua, New Hampshire.

The Mustangs, who saw a game-high six goals from sophomore attacker Amanda Bowen (Randolph, VT /Randolph Union), slump to an overall record of 1-4 remaining winless in the GNAC standings (0-1).  Rivier improves a perfect 3-0 for the year sitting atop the league standings at 1-0.

Bowen was the goal leader for Mount Ida as she recorded 6 goals on nine shots. She was also 6-for-12 inside the faceoff circle. Alexandra Milot (Tiverton, RI/Tiverton) and Maile Melvin (Hebron, CT/RHAM) each added solo goals while Milot had two assists. Kayla Musty (Topsham, VT/Oxbow) made nine saves for the Mustangs in the loss.

Freshman Danielle Moran (San Diego, CA) made 13 saves to lead the Raiders while junior midfielder Rebecca Wickens (Tyngsboro, MA) highlighted the day as she was able to connect on four of her five shots on net while adding an assist for five total points in the contest. Senior Lauren Brett (Otisfield, ME) added 3 tallies of her own while junior Jessica Amaral (East Providence, RI) registered two goals and two assists in the win. Amaral also collected 10 ground balls to lead the team and classmate Vanessa Viola (Nashua, NH) was 9-for-15 inside the faceoff circle.

Rivier held a slim 6-5 lead as the halftime horn sounded and the offense exploded for 9 goals in the second frame. Mount Ida's Amanda Bowen snuck one past Moran with 25:38 left to play to get the Mustangs within a goal at 8-7. That's when six different Raiders rattled off a goal apiece to give Rivier a seven goal lead with 10 minutes to play.


Mount Ida will travel to Fitchburg State University on March 19th with game time slated for 7:00 p.m.


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Solid goaltending by freshman Clark Plummer keeps the Raiders close but a rough day on the extra-man opportunity (1-9) lead to Rivier's 2nd loss of the season.
In a chippy game that saw 16 penalties the Mount Ida 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 assisted by Michael Trocchi. Trocchi led the Mustangs with 3 goals and 7 assists in the matinee contest. Mount Ida struck again with a goal by Jake Davis. 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 faceoff 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 8 groundballs in the Raider's defensive effort. Mount Ida would respond with 3 goals in the last 5 minutes of the half.
The Rivier offense would struggle in the second half only able to muster 2 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 5 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.
With the loss the Raiders fall to 4-2 on the season (0-1 GNAC) and return to action Tuesday when they will face GNAC opponent Anna Maria at home on Raider Field. With the win the Mustangs of Mount Ida improve to 2-4 and will face Daniel Webster next on Tuesday.