NEWTON, Mass. – Mount Ida College got their offense going for the first time this season on Tuesday night and bounced back from a tough opening day loss with a resounding 6-0 win over Becker College in non-conference field hockey action at Alumni Field.
Lexi Minicucci (Westfield, Mass.) had a hand in all six goals, with four markers and two helpers as Mount Ida improved to 1-1 and sent the Hawks to 0-2 on the year.
The Mustangs came out of the gate firing, and tallied two goals in the first 7:40, both coming off the stick of Miniccuci. The senior forward would go on to add two more goals in the contest, both coming off assists from fellow senior forward, Sarah Hemstock (Northford, Conn), who also scored on a tip-in to make it 3-0.
Mount Ida Freshman Kerrianne Fagan (Bellingham, Mass) and Erin Etsy (Gorham, Maine) both earned their first collegiate point Tuesday. Etsy assisted on Minuccici's second of 4 goals, and Fagan earned her first points when she added the 6th and final insurance goal in the 66th minute of play.
Becker was unable to get much on anything going on the offensive side of the ball against the Mustangs, managing only 4 shots in the contest. What Becker lacked in offensive prowess, they made up for in defensive persistence. Despite facing 45 shots in the contest, Becker held the Mustangs to only 6 goals. Junior goalkeeper Alexis Barry (Manchester, N.H.) looked solid in goal for most of the night, making 21 saves in a losing effort.
Grace Ryan (Livermore Falls, Maine) wasn't tested in net while earning the shutout for the Mustangs, who had a 28-0 edge in shots on goal and a 14-3 advantage in penalty corners.
The Mustangs will try to keep the offense going when they open GNAC conference play at Simmons College on September 9t at 11am.
Becker will look to bounce back and get in the win column when they host Anna Maria on September 7th at 3:30.