NEWTON, Mass. - The Elms College field hockey squad was blanked by host Mount Ida College, 2-0, in a non-conference matchup at Alumni Field Thursday night.
Mount Ida grabbed an early lead when Minicucci was able to beat Blazer goalkeeper Jillian Lapponese (Enfield, Conn.) with some terrific stick worth to find the back of the net. The offensive attack for the Mustangs continued to hound Lapponese and the Blazers backline, leading to 14 saves for Lapponese on the day. Mount Ida was able to control possession of the ball throughout the first half with some strong work from Salls and Callahan. Erin Esty (Gorham, Maine) almost tacked on another Mustangs goal prior to the intermission, but Lapponese was able to knock the ball aside and the teams would head into the break with score remaining 1-0 in favor of the home team.
Second half action started much like the first half with the Mustangs getting an early corner, taken by junior Sarah Hemstock (Northford, Conn.). Lapponese was able to stop the first shot from Minicucci, but she was able to find her own rebound and find the back of the cage for her second goal of the game. Minicucci continues to lead the Great Northeast Athletic Conference in goals with 22 and total points with 51. Mount Ida continued to control possession throughout the half, pushing the offensive attack at every opportunity. Mustangs goalkeeper Grace Ryan (Livermore Falls, Maine) had a quiet night, making only one save.
With the win, Mount Ida moves to 8-7 overall and 2-4 in GNAC action, while the Blazers fall to 4-11 overall and remain 3-0 NECC play. Both teams return to action on Saturday and will take on respective conference opponents. The Mustangs travel to GNAC newcomer Regis (Mass.) for their final regular season game with the start time set for 11:00am, while the Blazers travel to Wheelock for a 11:00am start.
Source: (Mount Ida Athletics)