NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Sophomore Nina Veneziale led all scorers with six points, scoring three times and added three assists, as the Iona College lacrosse team easily defeated Long Island 17-7 in a non-conference affair on a rainy Wednesday afternoon at Mazzella Field.
Junior Kylie Gregory also had a phenomenal game scoring five points with four goals and an assists. Iona (2-2) also had six other players hit the back of the cage. Senior Casey Scully was the third Gael with a hat-trick and classmate Emily Taddei and sophomore Brenna Lade had two goals each. Junior Brittney Mabus, sophomore Nicole Brancaccio and freshman Meghan Testoni scored single goals.
Lade opened up the scoring for the Gaels early in the first half with her fifth of the season. The hosts added another tally just a minute later; Veneziale gave the Gaels a two-goal advantage with 27:26 remaining in the half.
Iona continued to pressure the Blackbirds with two more goals to take a 4-0 lead, as Taddei scored on the free position and then an unassisted goal from Mabus with 22:14 left in the first.
Long Island (0-2) scored a single tally, before Iona added two more goals to take a 6-1 lead as Testoni and Scully scored 27 seconds apart. The visitors cut it to one, 6-5 with 15:06 left on three free position goals.
The Gaels scored the final three goals in the half, with Gregory scoring twice and Taddei adding one. Iona added five more consecutive goals in the second half on a pair of goals from Scully, and single tallies from Brancaccio, Lade and Veneziale. Gregory added two more goals before the game ended to complete her four-goal performance and Veneziale scored one more time.
Iona outshot Long Island 35-17 over the contest and held an 18-6 advantage in the second half. Junior Nancy Ibrahim played just 14:13 in goal, but received the victory, her replacement sophomore Maria Ortiz made four of the seven team saves in a relief appearance.
Iona will host Central Connecticut State on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.