Leicester, Mass. – Becker College was defeated by Mount Ida College 19-8 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Mount Ida got on the board 2:22 into the game when Michael Trocchi (Danvers, Mass.) fed Nick Yacuzzi (Worcester, Mass.) for his 15th goal of the season. Becker tied the game with 9:30 remaining in the opening quarter on a goal from freshman James Conley (Barnstable, Mass.). The Hawks excitement was short lived as the Mustangs embarked on a 5-0 run, closing out the first quarter with a 6-1 advantage.
The Mustangs scored five more unanswered goals to start the second quarter, taking a commanding 11-1 lead. Becker end the Mustangs run when Stephen Elliot (Windsor, Conn.) scored on a man advantage opportunity, making the score 11-2. Jeff Petersen (Syracuse, N.Y.) added a goal on an assist from Joe Ignagni (Kingston, Mass.) before the end of the half, making the score 11-3 at the break.
Things were looking up for the Hawks when they opened the second half with goals from Petersen and John DeAngelis (Swampscott, Mass.), cutting the Mustang lead to 11-5. Mount Ida responded with four straight goals, two off the stick of Gilson Fernandes (Saugus, Mass.), upping the Mustang lead to 15-5. The deficit proved to be too much for the Hawks to recover from as Mustangs doubled up the Hawks in goals in fourth quarter, securing the 19-8 victory.
Mount Ida was led by Fernandes and Trocchi, each scoring a game high four goals. Yacuzzi chipped in with a hat-trick and two assists. Mount Ida goalie Jimmy McAllister (Smithfield, R.I.) made 11 saves as the Mustangs improved their record to 9-4 overall and 6-1 in the GNAC. Mount Ida returns to action on Monday, April 16, when they host UMass-Boston at 4:00pm.
DeAngelis netted a hat-trick and Petersen added two goals to lead the Hawks. Becker goalie Michael Munoz (Avon, Conn.) recorded 17 saves as the Hawks fell to 3-10 overall and 3-4 in the GNAC. Becker will try to end a two game losing streak when they travel to Emerson College on Wednesday, April 18 at 5:00pm.