NEWTON, Mass. – Senior Alex McCormack-Kuhman (Wells, Maine) broke a 12-12 tie with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter Monday afternoon as Lasell College edged cross-town rival Mount Ida College, 13-12, in a key Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's lacrosse game at Grellier Field.
McCormack-Kuhman and junior Ryan Madden (Hingham) each scored four goals to help Lasell overcome a 9-2 deficit midway through the second quarter. The Lasers used a seven-goal run in the third and early in the fourth quarter after trailing 10-5 at halftime to secure the win. The 13-12 score matches the final score of last year's GNAC Championship game win by Lasell over Mount Ida.
Lasell improves to 7-6 overall and 7-1 in the GNAC to move over .500 for the first time in 2018. Mount Ida slips to 7-8 overall and 6-2 in the conference, one game behind the Lasers.
Mount Ida gathered an early 3-1 lead with three goals by junior Owen LaPorte (Farmington, Conn.), and went on to a 6-2 lead after one quarter. The Mustangs had their largest lead of the game at 9-2 four minutes into the second quarter.
Junior Austin Shindoll (Denver, Colo.) would close the gap with 6:10 remaining in the second, sparking a three-goal burst by the Lasers. Lasell came all the way back in the third quarter, outscoring the visitors 6-0 in the frame, including three goals by Madden.
Defensively, the Lasers held the Mustangs scoreless in the third quarter. Junior David Sheehan (Tewksbury, Mass.) had a single-game program-record seven caused turnovers, along with five groundballs in the victory. Sophomore Ben Werner (Boxford, Mass.) went 15-24 from the faceoff-x, and tallied a team-high six ground balls.
Madden scored three of his four in the third quarter for the Lasers, tying the game at 10-10 with 2:48 remaining. Lasell took an 11-10 lead just 31 seconds later on an extra-man opportunity as Shindoll found the back-of-the-net for the third time on the afternoon.
The Mustangs battled their way back into the game, scoring two goals midway through the fourth to tie the game 12-12 with 5:23 remaining.
Lasell would seal the game with McCormack-Kuhman's fourth goal of the afternoon, his 27th of the season, tying a career-high for goals in a season.
Both teams close out the regular season at home on Wednesday, April 25, as the Lasers host Emmanuel on Senior Day at 4:00 p.m. and Mount Ida meets Johnson & Wales at 6:00 p.m.
(By Brian McLoughlin, Athletic Communications student assistant)
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