LEICESTER, Mass.- Becker College defeated Mount Ida College 9-8 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference men's lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field. The win ups the Hawks record to 11-4 (7-3 GNAC), while Mustangs drop to 8-7 (5-4 GNAC). The win was Becker's first over Mount Ida in the program's nine year history.
Men's Lacrosse Downs Mustangs, 9-8
Becker got on the board 2:04 into the game when Myles White (Norwalk, Conn.) scored his 16th goal of the season. White helped put the Hawks in front 2-0 when he assisted David Deschenes (Gales Ferry, Conn.) on his 38th goal of the season with 8:59 remaining in the first quarter.
Mount Ida cut their deficit to 2-1 when Peter Hardy (Tyngsboro, Mass.) tickled the twine with 5:22 remaining in the opening quarter.
The Mustangs tied the game with 10:29 remaining in the second quarter when Jon Berry (Chichester, N.H.) connected with Wyatt Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) for the equalizer.
The game remained tied at 2-2 until Becker scored three unanswered goals in 29 seconds, two coming from David Deschenes and one from Blake Boutiette (Burriville, R.I.), giving the Hawks a 5-2 advantage at the half.
The Hawks extended their lead to 6-2 when David Deschenes scored his third goal of the game on an assisted from John DeAngelis (Swampscott, Mass.).
The Mustangs finally ended their scoring drought 4:02 into the third quarter on a Zach Rosen (Greenwich, R.I.) goal. Mount Ida cut the score to 6-4 when Corey Gelbstein (Greenwich, Conn.) launched a clear attempted the length of the field, connecting with Mike Markevich (Westminster, Mass.) for his team leading 22nd goal of the season. Mount Ida continued their rally when Wyatt Sullivan netted his second goal of the game with 3:00 remaining in the third quarter, cutting the Becker lead to 6-5.
Mount Ida tied the game 1:53 into the fourth quarter when Zach Davis (Old Saybrook, Conn.) found Zach Rosen just outside the right post on a man advantage opportunity. The Mustangs took their first lead of the game with 10:23 remaining in regulation when Jon Berry ripped a shot into the back of the Becker net from ten yards out with a man advantage.
With 8:31 remaining in the fourth, Becker tied the game at 7-7 when Blake Boutiette spun through the Mustang defense for his 12th goal of the season. The Hawks took the lead back with 6:16 on the clock when Myles White found Christopher Bell (Campbell Hall, N.Y.) in front of Mustangs net for his fifth goal of the season.
Mount Ida knotted the game at 8-8 when Zach Rosen scored on a bounce shot with 3:32 remaining in the fourth.
Becker netted the game winner with 2:31 remaining when David Deschenes scored on an underhand shot on an assisted from Myles White, giving the Hawks a 9-8 victory.
Becker goalie Jeffrey Candee (Madison, Conn.) made ten saves, while Kyle Cordaro (Worcester, Mass.) collected 15 stops.
The Mustangs return to action on Saturday, April 19 when they host Anna Maria on Senior Day beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Hawks will await the final seedings for the GNAC Tournament, which begins next Wednesday, April 23.