March 16, 2013

Moran backstops Raiders to victory

(Nashua, NH) Freshman Danielle Moran (San Diego, CA) made 13 saves as the Rivier University Women's Lacrosse team remains unbeaten on the season after a 15-8 win over Mount Ida College in Great Northeast Athletic competition earlier this afternoon at Raider Field.

With the win, Rivier improves to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in GNAC competition. Mount Ida falls to 1-4 and 0-1.

Junior midfielder Rebecca Wickens (Tyngsboro, MA) highlighted the day for the Raiders as she was able to connect on 4 of her five shots on net while adding an assist for 5 total points in the contest. Senior Lauren Brett (Otisfield, ME) added 3 tallies of her own while junior Jessica Amaral (East Providence, RI) registered two goals and two assists in the win. Amaral also collected 10 ground balls to lead the team and classmate Vanessa Viola (Nashua, NH) was 9-for-15 inside the faceoff circle.

Rivier held a slim 6-5 lead as the halftime horn sounded and the offense exploded for 9 goals in the second frame. Mount Ida's Amanda Bowen snuck one past Moran with 25:38 left to play to get the Mustangs within a goal at 8-7. That's when six different Raiders rattled off a goal apiece to give Rivier a 7 goal lead with 10 minutes to play.

Bowen was the goal leader for Mount Ida as she recorded 6 goals on 9 shots. She was also 6-for-12 inside the faceoff circle. Alexandra Milot and Maile Melvin each added solo goals while Milot had two assists. Kayla Musty made 9 saves for the Mustangs in the loss.

Next up for Rivier will be a date with Emmanuel College on March 20th. Game time is set for 7pm in the city of Boston. Mount Ida will travel to Fitchburg State on March 19th for their next scheduled contest.