Mount Ida Wins Fifth Consecutive NAC Championship, 16-9 Over Castleton

Newton Centre, MA – Mustang freshman Matt Savage (Peabody, MA/Peabody) and senior John Lightbown (Melrose, MA/Melrose) combined for 11 goals giving the Mount Ida College Men’s Lacrosse team their fifth consecutive North Atlantic Conference (NAC) title against Castleton State College winning 16-9 on a wet and wild Saturday.

For the past five years, MIC and the Spartans have met in the championship, and every time the Mustangs claimed the victory. Castleton will go home after an outstanding year going 12-6, 6-1 in the conference, while Mount Ida will continue their season and venture into the NCAA Tournament with selection Sunday coming tomorrow. They end the season with a 13-5 overall record, staying perfect at 7-0 in league play. The Mustangs will carry their 37-0 record against conference opponents all the way to 2009.

In the most exciting contest of the season at a very muddy and wet Mount Ida Athletic Field, the hosts jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first four minutes of quarter one on goals by Lightbown, Savage, and junior Criag Heintzelman (Windham, NH/Salem). Assists would be tallied by junior’s Leo Shidler (Peabody, MA/Peabody) and Brett Conley (Fairfield, CT/Fairfield Warde).

The Spartans would counter on a score by freshman Michael DelDotto (Reading, MA/Austin Prep.) making it 3-1. It wouldn’t be long until the Mustangs netted another right before the first horn, making it 4-1 on a rip by Shidler going into the second quarter.

The visitors would not back down tallying two quick goals by DelDotto and junior Phil Barry (Randolph, VT/Springfield College), cutting the hosts lead to 4-3 with 8:14 showing on the clock before halftime.

Like he has in the past, John Lightbown would take it upon himself to stretch the lead for his squad, firing in three scores before the end of the second stanza giving his team the 7-3 advantage. Castleton would net a quick unassisted score my sophomore Korey Counos (St. Albans, VT/Bellows Free Academy) with 33 seconds remaining before the horn making it 7-4.

It would be a battle to the end at this point with both squads going toe-to-toe for the final 30 minutes of the game. The Mustangs would get two quick goals from Savage while the visitors countered with three, two scores by sophomore Jake Rick (Rochester, NY/Irondequoit) and one by junior Devon Wood (Woodstock, VT/Nichols College) making it 9-7 hosts with 6:42 to go in the third.

But the will of the four time defending champions would not go unnoticed, especially from seasoned veterans Lightbown and Conley while newcomers Savage and Dan Harrington (Westford, MA/Westford Academy) showcased their hungriness to win.

The Mustangs would eventually pull away with the dagger coming on a ridiculous flip shot between the legs by Savage taking the indefinite 12-7 lead never looking back.

It would be all but over at this point, the Spartans would net the first two scores of the fourth quarter by Barry and sophomore Kirk Bolduc (Lewiston, ME/Lewiston) pulling with in three goals. But Mount Ida would tally the final four scores by Conley, Lightbown, Savage, and Shidler taking the 16-9 victory and their fifth consecutive NAC Championship.

Mount Ida goaltender sophomore Matt Vernik (Bethany, CT/Amity Regional) would notch 11 saves for his team while Spartans stopper junior Michael Mamunes (Manchester, CT/East Catholic) tallied 13.

Tournament MVP Mount Ida junior Craig Heintzelman would dominate the face-off circle with 19-26 possessions along with the first goal of the contest. He would pick up 11 groundballs giving his team the offensive opportunities they needed for the victory.

The Spartans will head home with their season rounded out while the Mustangs will look forward to the NCAA Tournament with selection Sunday coming tomorrow. Look for it on CSTV and Lax.com.

ALL – TOURNAMENT TEAM
Tournament MVP - Craig Heintzelman – Mount Ida
John Lightbown – Mount Ida
Matt Savage – Mount Ida
Dan Harrington – Mount Ida
Tom Watts – Mount Ida
Jake Rick – Castleton
Jimmy VanDerKar – Castleton
Michael DelDotto – Castleton
Mike Ross – Thomas
Josh Collelo – Thomas
Phil McNerney – Maine Maritime
Clay Tolman – Maine Maritime


April 26, 2008

Mount Ida Advances to Fifth Straight NAC Championship Defeatign Maine Maritime 14-3

Newton Centre, MA (April 26, 2008) - Mount Ida College junior Brett Conley (Fairfield, CT/Fairfield Warde) led the number one seeded Mustangs with four goals and four assists defeating fourth seeded Maine Maritime Academy 14-3 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) semifinal action this Saturday.  MIC heads into their fifth straight championship appearance facing Castleton State for the fifth year in a row.  They would improve to 12-5 overall and a perfect 8-0 in the NAC stretching their career record to 37-0 against league opponents.  Maine Maritime would drop to 5-7 on the year, 3-5 in the NAC competing in their first playoff appearance since 2006.

Freshman Paul Battipaglia (Clinton, CT/Morgan) would net the first goal of the contest for the Mustangs on a dish by Conley making it 1-0 in the opening two minutes.  It was a slow start for the hosts high powered offense, they would eventually tally two more scores both from the stick of freshman Dan Harrington (Westford, MA/Westford Academy) making it 3-0 MIC in the opening of the second quarter. 

The Mariners would finally get on the board with 10:35 showing in the second set on a goal by senior Nate Bolduc (Farmington, ME) cutting it to 3-1 in favor of the home team. 

Both squads would exchange scores including Conley's first for the Mustangs from Battapaglia while MMA would get an unassisted goal by freshman Christopher Keiley (Holliston, MA) making it 4-2 hosts with 6:20 remaining before the break.

Mount Ida would get two quick goals before the halfway point with Conley and Battapaglia netting one a piece off assists from junior Leo Shidler (Peabody, MA/Peabody) and freshman Matt Savage (Peabody, MA/Peabody).  This would give the hosts the 6-2 advantage heading into the third stanza.

The Mariners would tally their final goal of the contest with 8:17 in the third by freshman Wade Mondoux (North Berwick, ME) cutting the lead in half at 6-3.  It would be all but over at this point, with no signs of a comeback by the visitors. 

The Mustangs would pour on their familiar offensive barrage scoring the last eight goals of the contest.  Conley would net two along with one a piece from Battapaglia, Savage, and senior John Lightbown (Melrose, MA/Melrose).

Freshman Frank Rozio (Clinton, CT/Morgan) tallied two scores along with sophomore John Perez (Dorchester, MA/Wayland) netting one giving the Mustangs the 14-3 victory.  Shidler would notch three assists along with Lightbown and freshman Breadan Draper (Lexington, KY/Lexington Catholic/Nazareth) dishing out one a piece. 

Sophomore goaltender Matt Vernik (Bethany, CT/Amity Regional) would stop 14 shots between the pipes for the Mustangs while Mariner keeper senior Patrick Jones (Kennebunk, ME) saved eight.

The Mustangs will host the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship game this coming Saturday, May 3, 2008 against Castleton State with the opening face-off coming at 1:00 p.m.


Castleton advances to fifth-consecutive NAC final with 17-8 win over Thomas

Castleton, VT-Michael Martinez scored four goals to lead second seed Castleton State College to a 17-8 win over third seed Thomas College in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men’s lacrosse semifinal action. With the win the Spartans advance to the final game for the fifth-consecutive season.

The Spartans raced out to a 6-0 lead at halftime, out-shooting their guests 30-7 over the first 30 minutes of play. Josh Davis and Martinez each scored twice for Castleton, while Michael DelDotto and Korey Counos each tallied once during the half.

Castleton stretched its lead to 9-0 before Terrier junior, Mike Ross scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 9-2 with 9:05 remaining in the third period. Daniel Luzzi put an end to Ross’s run with his 14th goal of the season, assist by Jason Jakimer with 8:10 remaining.
Castleton went on to out-score Thomas 8-6 for the remainder and advance to the championship game.

Kolby Peckham scored three goals to lead the Terriers, who end their season at 7-6 overall. Thomas goalie, Josh Collelo was tested all day and stopped 32 shots.

Jake Rick scored three goals, handed out one assist and corralled 11 ground balls to lead the Spartan transition. Freshman Craig MacDerment was 20-for-26 on face-offs and also grabbed 11 ground balls.

Castleton will travel to Mount Ida College on Saturday, May 3 for the NAC final, time to be determined. The game will mark the fifth consecutive meeting in the conference final for the two teams. Mount Ida has bested Castleton in each of the previous four meetings.

NAC Men's Lacrosse Championship    
Semifinals - Saturday, April 26 at higher seed    
(4) Maine Maritime 3 at (1) Mount Ida 14  
(3) Thomas 8 at (2) Castleton 17  
           
Championship - Saturday, May 3 at Mount Ida
   
(2) Castleton
  at (1) Mount Ida    

 


April 23, 2008

Mount Ida Looks to Defend Title in NAC Men's Lacrosse Championship

Four-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, 10-5 overall), who have yet to lose a NAC contest in five seasons, will host fourth seed Maine Maritime (3-4 NAC, 5-6 overall) in a semifinal game on Saturday, April 26th.  Second seed Castleton (6-1 NAC, 10-4 overall) will host Thomas (4-3 NAC, 7-4 overall) in the other semifinal on Saturday.

Semifinal games will be played on Saturday, April 26 at the higher seed. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, May 3 at the highest remaining seed. Game times are subject to change. The top four teams qualify for the NAC Championship. Predetermined tiebreaking procedures were used to seed teams with identical conference winning percentages.

 

NAC Men's Lacrosse Championship    
Semifinals - Saturday, April 26 at higher seed    
(4) Maine Maritime   at (1) Mount Ida    
(3) Thomas   at (2) Castleton    
           
Championship - Saturday, May 3 at highest remaining seed    
Semifinal Winners