May 5, 2007

Mount Ida Slips Past Castleton in Overtime, 11-10

May 5, 2007

Mount Ida Slips Past Castleton in Overtime, 11-10

Mustangs advance to NCAA Tournament after claiming fourth straight NAC crown

NEWTON, Mass. (May 5, 2007) - For the fourth year in a row, the Mount Ida College men's lacrosse team defeated Castleton State College in the North Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship. The top-seeded Mustangs used overtime to down the second-seeded Spartans 11-10 this afternoon in front of an overflow crowd at the Mount Ida Athletic Stadium. Junior attackman Andrew Cloonan (Franklin, Mass./Franklin/Dean CC) netted the game-winning goal just 36 seconds into the extra session.

With the win, Mount Ida (13-3, 7-0 NAC) secured a spot in 28th Annual NCAA Division III Championship. The Mustangs are expected to take the field for first round action on Wednesday, May 9 versus a yet to be determined opponent. Brackets for the national tournament will be announced tomorrow evening on College Sports Television Network from 9-10 p.m. Mount Ida, which has never fallen in 29 contests versus NAC foes, will ride a 12-game winning streak into its first ever NCAA Tournament.

Despite its loss today, Castleton (10-5, 6-1 NAC) is still eligible for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament. The ECAC field will be announced in the coming days, with first round games taking place on Wednesday.

The Spartans controlled things in the early going, scoring a pair of man-up goals in the first 2:09 to take a quick 2-0 lead. Two straight goals by junior midfielder John Lightbown (Melrose, Mass./Malden Catholic) evened things up at the 9:09 mark of the first quarter.

Castleton tallied the next four goals to open up a 6-2 edge midway through the second stanza, but Mount Ida closed the half with a three-goal flurry to slice the deficit to 6-5 at the break. Sophomore attackman Leo Shidler (Peabody, Mass./Peabody) recorded the final two to help the Mustangs gain momentum heading into the second half.

Cloonan's first tally of the day knotted things up at 6-6 just over three minutes into the third frame. Less than one minute later, freshman midfielder Jake Rick (Rochester, N.Y./Irondequoit) scored to put the Spartans back in front by a goal. Shidler and Lightbown registered consecutive goals to give Mount Ida's its first lead of the day (8-7) at the 3:39 mark of the third quarter, but senior midfielder Adam Rosati (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) even things up at 8-8 with his third goal just over one minute later.

Rosati found the net again in the early stages of the fourth quarter to put Castleton State in front 9-8. The Spartans maintained their slim lead until Lightbown posted the equalizer with 5:57 remaining in regulation. Sophomore midfielder Anthony DiMarsico (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) then scored at the 2:12 mark to give the Mustangs a 10-9 cushion.

With the game nearly in hand, Mount Ida committed a penalty with just over one minute left in the fourth frame. Castleton capitalized on its power play opportunity, as freshman attacker Geoffrey Walker (Manchester, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) tallied with 34 seconds on the clock to send the contest to overtime.

In the extra frame, the Mustangs won the opening face-off and called a timeout. Following the break, Cloonan took a feed from sophomore attackman Brett Conley (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield) and collected the game-winner.

Lightbown, the Tournament's Most Valuable Player, finished with a game-best four goals. Mount Ida also received a boost from Shidler, who amassed a hat trick and one assist. Cloonan finished with a pair of markers for the hosts. Freshman goalkeeper Matt Vernik (Bethany, Conn./Amity Regional) turned in a magnificent effort between the pipes for the Mustangs, stopping 18 shots. He improved his record to 6-1.

The Spartans were paced by Rosati, who poured in four goals. Sophomore attacker Robbie Scanlon (Jericho, Vt./Mt. Mansfield Union) totaled two goals and an assist, while senior midfielder Matt VanDerKar (Manchester, Vt./Burr and Burton Academy) chipped in with one goal and three helpers. The NAC Player of the Year scooped up a game-high 15 ground balls. Sophomore netminder Michael Mamunes (Manchester, Conn./Burlington CC) made nine saves in a losing effort for the guests.

Statistically, the game was nearly even. Castleton outshot the Mustangs 43-38 and won 15 of the 25 face-offs. The Spartans enjoyed a 50-40 edge in the ground ball column. Both squads were successful in man-up opportunities. Castleton scored five times in eight chances, while Mount Ida netted three goals in seven power play situations.

2007 North Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament Championship
All-Tournament Team

Tournament MVP: John Lightbown
Matt Vernik - Mount Ida
Tom Kennedy - Mount Ida
Tom Watts - Mount Ida
Scott Eiseman- Mount Ida
Matt VanDerKar - Castleton State
Adam Rosati - Castleton State
Alex Brown - Castleton State
Brandon Bell - Daniel Webster
Craig VanTuyl - Daniel Webster
M.J. Cain - Thomas
Chris Vashon - Thomas

Mount Ida 11, Castleton 10 (OT)








#2 Castleton







#1 Mount Ida







#2 Castleton vs. #1 Mount Ida College (May 5, 2007 at Newton, Mass.)

        Castleton (10-5, 6-1 NAC) vs. Mount Ida College (13-3, 7-0 NAC)

Castleton SCORING: GOALS: Adam Rosati 4; Robbie Scanlon 2; Matt VanDerKar 1; Jake Rick 1; Michael Martinez 1; Geoffrey Walker 1.

ASSISTS: Matt VanDerKar 3; Stephen Gerding 1; Jake Rick 1; Robbie Scanlon 1.

Mount Ida College SCORING: GOALS: John Lightbown 4; Leo Shidler 3; Andrew Cloonan 2; Alex Champagne 1; Anthony DiMarsico 1.

ASSISTS: Brett Conley 2; Chris Prophete 1; Leo Shidler 1.

Castleton GROUND BALLS: Matt VanDerKar 15; Joe McIntyre 9; James VanDerKar 7; Jake Rick 5; Michael Mamunes 3; Kyle Bourgeois 2; Alex Brown 2; Devon Wood 2; Korey Counos 1; Stephen Gerding 1; Michael Martinez 1; Robbie Scanlon 1; Eli Willey 1.

Mount Ida College GROUND BALLS: Brett Conley 5; Luke Wilson 5; Tom Kennedy 4; Craig Heintzelman 3; Vince Pizzimenti 3; Leo Shidler 3; Trevor Bergeron 2; Alex Champagne 2; Steve DeLeon 2; Dan Kelly 2; John Lightbown 2; Matt Vernik 2; Tom Watts 2; Andrew Cloonan 1; Scott Eiseman 1; Chris Prophete 1.

SHOTS - Castleton 43; Mount Ida College 38.

SHOTS ON GOAL - Castleton 28; Mount Ida College 20.

PENALTIES - Castleton 8/6:30; Mount Ida College 9/7:30.

MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - Castleton 5-8; Mount Ida College 3-7.

FACEOFFS - Castleton 15-25; Mount Ida College 10-25.

CLEARS - Castleton 25-34; Mount Ida College 27-38.

GOALIES - CSC: Michael Mamunes 9-5 (60:26 minutes, 20 shots-9 saves, 11 GA); IDA: Matt Vernik 6-1 (60:26, 28-18, 10).

April 28, 2007

Mount Ida Smothers Thomas, 19-3; Mustangs advance to fourth-straight NAC Championship

NEWTON, Mass. (April 28, 2007) - For the fourth year in a row, the Mount Ida College men's lacrosse team has advanced to the North Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship. The top-seeded Mustangs moved on to the title game by way of a convincing 19-3 victory over fourth-seeded Thomas College this afternoon at the Mount Ida Athletic Stadium. With its NAC Semifinal triumph today, Mount Ida (12-3, 7-0 NAC) extended its win streak to 11-straight. The Mustangs own a perfect 28-0 mark versus league foes in their history.

On the other side of the bracket, second-seeded Castleton State College cruised to a 15-9 victory over third-seeded Daniel Webster College. As a result, the Spartans will move on to face Mount Ida next Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Newton, Mass. It will be the fourth-consecutive meeting between the two schools in the league Championship. The Mustangs have downed Castleton in each of the first three title game clashes. Last spring, they won by a score of 16-3.

Next Saturday's winner will advance to the 28th Annual NCAA Division III Championship. This is the first season that the NAC will receive an automatic bid to the national tournament.

Junior midfielders John Lightbown (Melrose, Mass./Malden Catholic) and Alex Champagne (East Greenwich, R.I./Rocky Hill/Ohio Wesleyan), along with sophomore attackman Leo Shidler (Peabody, Mass./Peabody) recorded three goals and one assist apiece to pace Mount Ida. The Mustangs also received solid production from sophomore attackers Brett Conley (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield) and Chris Prophete (Waltham, Mass./Waltham), along with senior midfielder Vince Pizzimenti (Gloucester, Mass./Gloucester), who all finished with two goals and a pair of assists.

With his hat trick today, Lightbown became the first player in Mount Ida program history to surpass 100 goals for his career. The 2005 NAC Rookie of the Year has found the net 101 times in his career, including 25 this spring.

Lightbown notched a natural hat trick in the opening period to help the Mustangs to an early 5-1 edge after one quarter of play. The hosts added six more markers in the second stanza to open up an 11-1 halftime cushion. In the second half, they continued to dominate, outscoring the Terriers 4-0 in the third quarter and 4-2 in the fourth.

Junior attackman Gunner Siverly (Bucksport, Maine/Bucksport), freshman midfielder Mike Hubbard (Waterville, Maine/Messalonskee) and freshman attacker Dustin Green (Danville, Vt./Danville) scored goals for Thomas. The Terriers, who were participating in the postseason for the first time in school history, rounded out their 2007 campaign with an overall record of 4-6. They posted a 3-4 mark in league play.

Mount Ida outshot the visitors 62-20 and owned a 68-31 advantage in the ground ball category. The Mustangs won 18 of the game's 26 face-offs. They capitalized on two of their five man-up opportunities while limiting Thomas to just one goal in five power play chances.

Freshman goalkeeper Matt Vernik (Bethany, Conn./Amity Regional) earned his fifth victory between the pipes for Mount Ida. He made one save in 30 minutes played. His counterpart, junior M.J. Cain (Benton, Maine/Lawrence) turned away 24 shots in a losing effort for the Terriers.

April 28, 2007

Castleton heads to fourth-straight NAC final, defeats Daniel Webster 15-9

Castleton, VT-Steve Gerding had a game-high six points on four goals and two assists to lead the Castleton State College men's lacrosse team to their fourth-straight conference final. The Spartans defeated Daniel Webster 15-9 in NAC semifinal action.

The Spartans raced out to a 4-0 lead after the first quarter, and scored six unanswered before the Eagles got on the board. Gerding tallied the final three goals of the first quarter, then sent home his fourth to open the scoring in the second.

Daniel Webster would not go away, as they out-scored their hosts 5-4 in the second quarter to cut the lead three at halftime. Bryan Abrahamson got the Eagles on the board with 12:55 remaining in the first half, and Brandon Bell tallied three more before halftime.

Castleton proved to be too much in the second-half, out-scoring the Eagles 7-4 over the final 30 minutes.

Bell finished the afternoon with four goals and one assist to lead the 7-5 Eagles. Ryan Manning notched two goals and one assist, while Colby Field added one goal and three assists.

The Spartans received another big effort from senior Matt VanDerKar. The nation?s leader in ground balls per game and face-off percentage scored two goals, had one assist, 23 ground balls and won 22 out of 26 face-offs for the game.

Adam Rosati scored four goals for 9-4 Castleton. Jake Rick and Robbie Scanlon each added a pair of goals and Devon Wood one to round out the Spartan scoring.

Castleton will take on the winner of #1 Mount Ida v #4 Thomas on Saturday, May 5 at 1:00 pm. The game will be hosted at the highest remaining seed.

April 27, 2007

Mount Ida Earns Top Seed in NAC Men's Lacrosse Championship

Three-time defending champion Mount Ida College secured the top seed in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Men?s Lacrosse tournament. The Mustangs (7-0 NAC, 11-3 overall), who have yet to lose a NAC contest in four seasons, will host fourth seed Thomas (3-4 NAC, 4-5 overall) in a semifinal game on Saturday, April 28th at 2:00 p.m.  Second seed Castleton (6-1 NAC, 8-4 overall) will host Daniel Webster (5-2 NAC, 7-4 overall) in the other semifinal at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The top four teams qualify for the NAC Championship. Semifinal games will be played on Saturday, April 28 at the higher seed. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, May 5 at the highest remaining seed. Game times are subject to change. NAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament

Semifinals - Saturday, April 28 at higher seeds
(4) Thomas   at (1) Mount Ida 2:00 p.m.
(3) Daniel Webster   at (2) Castleton 1:00 p.m.
Championship - Saturday, May 5 at Highest Remaining Seed
Semifinal Winners