PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Mount Ida College women's lacrosse team fell just shy of their first GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) win against the hosting Wildcats of Johnson and Wales by a final score of 10-7. Wildcat sophomore Marissa Hart led the way for JWU with four goals on six shots while freshmen Lydia Knapp (Glens Falls, N.Y.) tallied a hat trick on eight shots.
With their first ever GNAC victory, Johnson and Wales improves to (4-2, 1-0 GNAC) on the young season while Mount Ida drops to (2-4, 0-1 GNAC).
Mustang senior Molly Sheppard (Brookhaven, N.Y.) started things off for Mount Ida just two and a half minutes into the game notching her first of four goals on the afternoon by giving the visitors the early 1-0 lead. Knapp then capitalized for the Wildcats a little more than a minute later on an unassisted tally, tying the score at 1-apiece. Mount Ida freshman midfielder Rebecca Beaulieu (Weare, N.H.) gave the lead back to the Mustangs on an unassisted marker at the 15:15 mark, before Alison Koning (Carlisle, Mass.), Sheppard, and Beaulieu once again recorded goals while giving Mount Ida the 5-1 advantage. With just 0:55 seconds left on the clock, sophomore midfielder Jessica Schmell (Coopersburg, Pa.) scored on a free position shot while cutting into the visitors lead at 5-2. The opening stanza would come to a close with Mount Ida holding a narrow three goal lead.
Johnson and Wales picked up right where they left off in the first half by scoring the first goal exactly one minute into the half off of Hart's unassisted marker. With Mount Ida's lead cut down to just two, Sheppard scored a man up goal for the Mustangs increasing their lead back to three goals at 6-3. Trailing by just two goals, Johnson and Wales would go on a tear, scoring five straight goals to a two goal lead of their own at 8-6 with 10:44 remaining in the GNAC tilt. Anna Orshiro (Gloucester, Mass.) scored her first and only goal of the afternoon at the 21:20 mark before Hart would score a man down marker off the stick of teammate Brittany Manfro (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) cutting the lead to 6-5. The momentum would then change as Hart scored her fourth goal of the game all while tying the score at 6-6. Natalie DiCocco (Media, Pa.) and Knapp both notched unassisted goals three minutes apart to give the lead to the Wildcats for good.
Sheppard scored on a free position shot bringing the visitors within one, but Hart and Knapp took over the last 5:00 of the game while tallying a goal apiece and finishing off the Mustangs by a final score of 10-7.
Junior keeper Sammy Levitt (Wayland, Mass.) took the loss for the Mustangs making 8 save son 18 shots while Genevieve Giampietro (Meriden, Conn.) made 5 saves on 12 shots.
Johnson and Wales won 14 of 18 draw controls while Knapp nabbed 8 of them on the afternoon. The Wildcats outshot the Mustangs 27-15 on the afternoon. Ground balls were even at 16-16 with Amanda Bowen (Randolph, Vt.) leading the way for Mount Ida while Hart picked up for JWU respectively.
Mount Ida will be back in action on Tuesday, March 18th with a home game against GNAC foe Simmons College with game time slated for 3:30 pm. JWU will also be back in action on Tuesday with a night game against the Saints of Emmanuel College with game time set for 7:00.