NEWTON, Mass. – Mount Ida junior attack Amanda Bowen (Randolph, Vt.) set the single season assist record with 5 helpers to go with two goals as Mount Ida stormed past Bay Path College for a 17-0 shutout in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Thursday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Bowen, who now has 24 assists on the season, passes Ali Sarno who collected 21 assists during the 2011 campaign. She is already this season already become the Mount Ida career leader in assists, with 46 in less than three seasons played. Sarno, and Bowen's teammate Molly Sheppard (Brookhaven, N.Y.) each have 33 assists in their career.
Sheppard led the Mustangs Thursday with five goals, while junior Brenna Santos (East Falmouth, Mass.) posted the shutout in her first career appearance in goal.
Alison Koning (Carlisle, Mass.) and Samantha Basler (Plymouth, Mass.) also added hat tricks for Mount Ida, who opened up a 12-0 lead by the half time break. Koning was also one of three Mustangs to cause three turnovers as Mount Ida forced their opponents into 27 miscues.
Sheppard opened the scoring at 27:15 and completed a hat trick at the 21:06 mark while Nikki Kinneen (Salem, N.H.) also scored a pair of goals thirty-two seconds apart before ten minutes had elapsed.
Basler potted twice in the middle of the first half, sandwiched around a Bowen goal which she also assisted on. Koning scored twice in the final seven and a half minutes on either side of Sheppard's fourth tally of the game.
Five different scorers found the back of the net for Mount Ida including the first goals of the game for Christina Gedick (Acton, Mass.) and Stephanie Kehoe (Saugus, Mass.). Bowen assisted on the first three goals of the second half, setting the record when she set up Basler fifty-nine seconds into the period.
Kimberly Drahushuk (Hudson, N.Y.) made nine saves in net for the Wildcats, while Megan Tancredi (Newington, Conn.) caused three turnovers and grabbed four ground balls.
Santos needed just one stop in the first half, on a free position shot by Bay Path sophomore Brittany Morin (Holyoke, Mass.), to record the clean sheet.
Bowen led the Mustangs with five draw controls, helping Mount Ida to a 13-6 advantage in that category. Mount Ida also had a 22-8 edge in ground balls, led by four apiece from Koning and Kehoe, and was 6-7 on clear attempts, while Bay Path cleared successfully just 5-22 times.
Mount Ida's final two games are against Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) opponents beginning on Tuesday when the Mustangs (6-9, 2-6 GNAC) celebrate Senior Day and host rivals Lasell at 3:30 p.m. on Alumni Field. The Wildcats (0-5, 0-2 NECC) will look for their first win on Saturday when they travel to Becker for a 1:00 NECC contest.