April 4, 2013 (Newton, Massachusetts)- The Mount Ida College women's lacrosse team notched their second Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) win on the season with an impressive 16-6 victory against the Bluejays of Saint Joseph College (CT). With the win, the Mustangs improve to an overall record of (4-6, 2-3 GNAC) while the Bluejays drop to (2-6, 1-5 GNAC).
Freshman attack Maile Melvin (Hebron, CT/RHAM) would score the first goal of the contest for the Mustangs at the 23:49 mark giving the hosts an early 1-0 cushion. Saint Joseph junior attack Erika Leitao (Southington, CT/Southington) would tie the score at 1-1 with a goal of her own just thirty-six seconds later. Mount Ida would score the next seven goals on tallies by Molly Sheppard (Brookhaven, NY/Bellport), two scores by Amanda Bowen (Randolph, VT/Randolph Union), two free position goals by freshman defense Samantha Basler (Plymouth, MA/Plymouth North), Melvin, Alexandria Milot (Tiverton, RI/Tiverton), and Bowen, while increasing the Mustang lead to 8-1 with 7:31 left in the half. Dayna Gambino (Newington, CT/Newington) would cut into the hosts lead (8-2) with her first score of the day for the Bluejays at the 7:31 mark. The Mustangs responded with two quick goals from Milot, and Kaitlyn Affhauser (Cheshire, MA/Housac) adding to the lead while creating some insurance for the hosts at 10-2. Freshman attack Eliza Doane (Suffield, CT/Suffield) scored her only goal of the game with just twenty-five seconds left in the half, chipping away at the lead but seeing her team behind 10-3 at half time.
The Mustangs came out of the break on fire as they would score the first four goals of the half on tallies by Basler, Sheppard, and two more goals from Bowen, all while adding to their lead at 14-4. Leitao added her second score of the game at the 19:03 mark only before Basler would score her fourth goal of the game with just 9:39 left in the contest. Gambino and Leitao would each score once more for the Bluejays but it would prove not enough as Melvin would notch her final score of the game while solidifying the conference win for the Mustangs, 16-6.
Senior keeper Kayla Musty (Topsham, VT/Oxbow) would see the entirety of the game between the pipes for the Mustangs making eleven saves on seventeen shots while Brianna Tenore (Rocky Hill, CT/Rocky Hill) would see every minute for Saint Joseph making four saves on twenty saves.
Mount Ida will hit the road on Saturday, April 6th against GNAC conference foe Emmanuel College with game time slated for 12:00 p.m. Saint Joseph will host GNAC opponent Rivier University on Saturday as well with game time scheduled for 1:00 p.m.