Newton, Mass. - Despite two goals from sophomore Christopher Magnifico (Glastonbury, Conn.) and freshman Jayme Toro (East Haven, Conn.), the Albertus Magnus College men's lacrosse team came up short, 22-7, against Mount Ida Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action.
FINAL SCORE: Mount Ida 22 | Albertus Magnus 7
RECORDS: Albertus Magnus (1-2, 0-1) | Mount Ida (1-5, 1-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Mount Ida took control early as the hosts opened regulation with a three-goal lead before back-to-back goals from Toro and James May (Branford, Conn.) brought the score to within one, 3-2, with 7:05 remaining in the first. The Mustangs managed to push their lead to five, 7-2, until a goal from Brennan Moore (Meriden, Conn.) cut the score to within four, 7-3, but the Falcons would head into the second down five, 8-3.
Over the next two quarters, Mount Ida went on a 10-1 scoring run, extending its lead to 18-4 entering the final 15 minutes of play. Albertus Magnus was unable to secure the comeback in the fourth as the Mustangs outscored the Falcons by a 4-3 edge to earn their first win of the season.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
- Albertus Magnus - Jack Kerner (1-2): 16 Goals-Against | 9 Saves | 25 Shots
- Albertus Magnus - John Brunetti: 6 Goals-Against | 2 Saves | 8 Shots
- Mount Ida - Cam Haywood (1-5): 4 Goals-Against | 7 Saves | 11 Shots
- Mount Ida - Joe Varagnolo: 0 Goals-Against | 2 Saves | 2 Shots
- Mount Ida - Allan Stein: 3 Goals-Against | 1 Save | 4 Shots
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Along with his two goals, Magnifico added an assist to finish out with three points and a caused turnover.
- Senior Brennan Moore (Meriden, Conn.) led the Falcons' offense with two helped, two ground balls and a caused turnover.
- Owen LaPorte registered a team-best four goals for the Mustangs while Eric Walker added three goals and three assists of his own.
- The Falcons posted an 11-10 edge in saves.
- Albertus Magnus finished the game 18-of-32 in the circle with no violations while the Mustangs went 14-of-32 in face-offs and recorded five violations.
- Mount Ida was 5-of-9 in man-up opportunities and 21-of-25 in clears compared to the Falcons who were 3-of-9 in man-up opportunities and 17-of24 in clear attempts.
- The Mustangs won the battle in ground balls posting a 37-27 advantage.
- Senior Niko Ames (Sunderland, Mass.) led the Falcons' defense with a team-best four caused turnovers.
- Mount Ida forced 14 of the Falcons' 28 turnovers.
The Falcons return to the field next week against Mitchell (3/26 - 6 pm), Mass. Maritime (3/28 - 7 pm) and Rivier (3/31 - 1 pm).