Mount Ida Wins sixth-straight NAC Men's Lacrosse Title behind Shidler’s career day

Box Score

Castleton, VT - Mount Ida College senior, Leo Shidler, scored nine goals, dished out one assist and earned Tournament Most Valuable Player honors in leading the Mustangs to their sixth-straight North Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Title. The second-seeded Mustangs defeated top-seed Castleton State College 25-9, earning an automatic berth in the upcoming NCAA Division III National Tournament.

Castleton jumped out to a 2-0 lead just two-and-a-half minutes into the contest as Jake Rick and Ryan Bartlett each scored for the Spartans. It appeared Castleton was poised to do what no team has done in six seasons, defeat the Mustangs in a NAC Tournament contest. The momentum was quickly stolen away by Shidler and Mount Ida however, as the senior netted four-straight goals to key a 6-0 Mustang run that spanned into the second period.

Derek Riley briefly stopped the Mustang stampede with 6:15 remaining, scoring unassisted to bring the Spartans to within five at 9-4. Mount Ida responded with the final two goals of the half, and the first seven of the third period to take a commanding 18-4 lead and never looked back. Shidler scored a pair during the run, while Brett Conley added a goal and two assists to aid the surge. Matthew Savage also contributed a goal during the outbreak, his 53rd of the season, tying the all-time Mount Ida mark for goals in a season. Savage eventually tallied two more to set the mark at 55.

Phil Barry and Bartlett led the Spartan attack with two goals each, while Kevin McCarthy added one goal and one assist. The Spartans fall to 11-6 on the season and will await word of a potential berth in the ECAC New England Tournament.

Following Shidler in the scoring column were Savage (4 goals, 2 assists) and Conley (1 goals, 5 assists) each with six points. Christopher Prophete also had a strong day, scoring three goals and handing out a pair of helpers. Justin Famiglietti stopped 11 shots in the win, including seven in the final period to keep the Spartans at bay. Mount Ida improves to 13-6 overall with the win, and will await pairings to be announced for the upcoming national tournament.

All-Tournament Team

MVP - Leo Shidler, Mount Ida
Brett Conley, Mount Ida
Justin Famiglietti, Mount Ida
Christopher Prophete, Mount Ida
Bryan Seaman, Mount Ida
Kirk Bolduc, Castleton
Jake Rick, Castleton
Andrew Shea, Castleton
Matt Riani, Johnson State
Erik Tillberg, Johnson State
Brian Corain, Maine Maritime
Dan Redmond, Maine Maritime


NAC Men's Lacrosse Championship
Quarterfinals - Saturday, April 25 at higher seeds
(1) Castleton 22, (8) St. Joseph's ME 8
(2) Mount Ida 22, (7) Husson 3
(3) Maine Maritime 12, (6) Thomas 5
(4) Johnson St. 20, (5) Emerson 10

Semifinals - Wednesday, April 29 at higher seeds
(1) Castleton 15, (4) Johnson St. 7
(2) Mount Ida 13, (3) Maine Maritime 5

Championship - Saturday, May 2 at Castleton
(2) Mount Ida 25, (1) Castleton8

#1 Castleton Advances to NAC Final with 15-7 Win Over #4 Johnson State

Castleton, VT - Ryan Bartlett had two goals and three assists to lead first-seeded Castleton State College to a 15-7 win over fourth-seeded Johnson State College in North Atlantic Conference men’s lacrosse semifinal action Wednesday afternoon.

Bartlett’s two-goal performance paced nine different Spartan scorers as Castleton advances to its sixth-consecutive NAC Final.

After Jake Rick and Steve Noyes traded goals, the Spartans scored three unanswered to finish the first period. Kevin McCarthy put home a Rick assist, and Drew Shea scored five seconds later after scooping up his own face off and scoring. Rick ended the run off a Bartlett assist to round out the first period.

Johnson State grabbed the first goal of the second period as Noyes put home an Erik Tillberg assist to make it 4-2 with 10:01 remaining in the first half. Castleton went on a 7-0 run over the next 15 minutes to put the game away. Bartlett had one goal and two assists, while Phil Barry added one goal and three assists during the surge.

Tillberg led the Badgers with three goals and two assists, while Matt Riani and Casey Riley each had a single goal. Brendan Sawyer stopped 14 shots in the loss as Johnson State’s season ends at 7-5.

Rick and Kevin McCarthy both finished the day with two goals and two assists, while Shea, Daniel Luzzi and Michael Martinez each had two goals.

Castleton will host the championship Saturday at 1:00 pm versus five-time conference champion, and second-seeded Mount Ida who advanced by way of a 13-5 win over Maine Maritime.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009 (Newton, Massachusetts) - Senior captain Brett Conley (Fairfield, CT/Fairfield Warde) notched five goals and one assist to lead the Mount Ida College men's lacrosse team past visiting Maine Maritime Academy 13-5 in the semifinal round of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) tournament this Wednesday in Newton, Massachusetts.  The Mustangs advance to their sixth consecutive NAC championship against the winner of Castleton State College and Johnson State College.  The Mustangs improve to 12-6 overall, 10-1 in the NAC while the Mariners end their very successful 2009 season at 9-3, 7-3 in conference competition.

The Mustangs came out flat and the Mariners capitalized on it in the first three minutes of the contest taking a 1-0 lead on a Garrett Lake (Farmington, ME/Mt. Blue) goal from sophomore Christopher Keiley (Holliston, MA/Holliston).  Mount Ida answered a minute later on Conley's first score of the game off a feed from sophomore Matthew Savage (Peabody, MA/Peabody) knotting it at 1-1.

The Mariners would not go away re-gaining the advantage on a Keiley score off a dish from senior Phillip McNerney (Eliot, ME/Marshwood) leading 2-1 at the 10:37 mark in the first quarter.  The visitors added another, up by two scores midway through the first, on a Richard McKee (Plymouth, MA/Plymouth South) goal from Nick Lund (Alfred, ME/Massabesic) ahead 3-1, their largest lead of the game.

Mount Ida was determined to erase the two goal deficit and jumped on the back of senior Christopher Prophete (Waltham, MA/Waltham) who fired in two consecutive goals to tie the score at 3-3 towards the end of the first quarter.  The Mustangs retook the lead on an unassisted goal by senior Leo Shidler (Peabody, MA/Peabody) who forced a turnover during a Maritime transition and snuck a shot underneath the goaltender for the 4-3 lead at the end of one quarter.

Conley took over for Prophete carrying the team scoring four consecutive goals to blow open the game a bit.  He scored every goal in the second quarter to give the Mustangs a 8-3 advantage on two assists from sophomore Paul Battapaglia (Clinton, CT/Morgan), and one a piece from Savage and freshman Billy Gerke (Essex, VT/Rice Memorial). 

After a 7-0 run by the Mustangs, the visitors finally answered in the beginning of the third quarter on a freshman Brian Corain (Berwick, ME/St. Thomas Aquinas) unassisted score down 8-4.  Mount Ida responded with a goal by Battapaglia from sophomore Dan Harrington (Westford, MA/Westford Academy) to lead 9-4 with 11 minutes to go in the third quarter.  Another Corain goal for the Mariners at the end of the third made it 9-5 Mustangs heading into the fourth.

That was about it for the visitor's small comeback while the Mustangs reeled off four final goals of the contest all in the fourth frame.  Savage tallied two scores out of the four while Battipaglia and Prophete each added one a piece capturing the 13-5 victory.

Mount Ida face-off specialist, senior Craig Heintzelman (Windham, NH/Salem) dominated the middle circle winning 16 of 22 from the Mariners.  Along with a huge day from Conley, Prophete also played a very import role during this game notching three scores.  Savage, who is one goal shy of tying the Mount Ida record for goals in a season (53) at 52, will have a chance to overtake the record this coming Saturday against the winner of Castleton State/Johnson State in the NAC championship.

Mount Ida backstop, freshman Justin Famiglietti (Peabody, MA/Peabody), was outstanding for the Mustangs denying 11 shots and gaining the victory.  Mariners' goaltender, freshman Daniel Redmond (Westbrook, ME/Westbrook), was incredible saving 22 shots on the day.

The Mustangs will head to Castleton, Vermont to play the Spartans for the NAC Championship on Saturday.


April 25, 2009

Top Seeds advance in NAC Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals

All four top seeds advanced in today's NAC men's lacrosse quarterfinals. Top seed Castleton defeated St. Joseph's (Me.) 22-8 and will host fourth seed Johnson State, 20-10 winners over Emerson, on Wednesday 29. Five-time defending champion Mount Ida earned a semifinal win over Husson 22-3. The Mustangs will host Maine Maritime, 12-5 victors over Thomas, on Wednesday. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, May 2 in the NAC Championship.

NAC Men's Lacrosse Championship
Quarterfinals - Saturday, April 25 at higher seeds
(1) Castleton 22, (8) St. Joseph's ME 8
(2) Mount Ida 22, (7) Husson 3
(3) Maine Maritime 12, (6) Thomas 5
(4) Johnson St. 20, (5) Emerson 10

Semifinals - Wednesday, April 29 at higher seeds
Johnson St. at Castleton
Maine Maritime at Mount Ida

Championship - Saturday, May 2 at highest remaining seed
Semifinal Winners

#1 Castleton advances to NAC Semifinal with win over #8 St. Joseph's (Me.)

Castleton, VT - Jeremy Peyton led 11 different scorers with three goals and two assists as Castleton defeated St. Joseph's 22-8 in North Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse quarterfinal action Saturday afternoon.  

 Korey Counos, Michael Martinez and Kirk Bolduc each had three goals as the top-seed Spartans advanced to the semifinal round of the eight-team tournament. Castleton will host fourth-seeded Johnson State College Wednesday at a time to be determined. The Badgers advanced with a 20-10 win over fifth-seed Emerson.  

 St. Joseph's broke a scoreless tie 4:45 into the first period as Jonathan Horgan broke free for an unassisted goal on a Monk extra man opportunity. Castleton answered by scoring the next five goals and never trailed again. Ryan Bartlett started the run with 7:35 remaining in the opening period, and Peyton capped it just 13 seconds into the second period off a John Petrovitsis assist.  

 Both teams traded goals over the 10 minutes of play, but after Ryan Prescott brought the Monks to within three at 7-4, Castleton went on a 8-0 run that spanned the entire third period to effectively put the game away. Peyton and Bolduc each scored a pair of goals during the stretch, as did face-off specialist Craig MacDerment. MacDerment owned the face-off, winning 13-of-15 on the afternoon and grabbing nine ground balls.  

 The Castleton transition was excellent all game, making good on 26-of-31 clear attempts, while holding the Monks to just 12-for-29 resulting in a 59-27 advantage for Castleton in ground balls.  

 Horgan led the Monks with four goals and one assist, while Paul Dolewa added a pair of goals. Don Gearan made 14 saves in 45 minutes and Nick Hannon stopped two shots in the final period as St. Joseph's season closes out at 4-13.  

 Phil Barry, MacDerment, Bartlett, and Michael DelDotto each had two goals as Castleton improves to 10-5 on the season. Michael Mamunes stopped 14 shots in 42 minutes of action before yielding to David DeGhetto who stopped two over the final 18 minutes.  

Mount Ida Defeats Husson 23-3 in NAC Quarterfinal

Newton, Massachusetts -  In today's opening quarterfinal round of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men's lacrosse tournament, Mount Ida College rolled over visiting Husson University 23-3 on a hot and humid Saturday afternoon in Newton, Massachusetts.  The Mustangs move on to the semifinal round and will host Maine Maritime Academy this coming Wednesday who beat Thomas College 12-5 today.  Mount Ida improves to 11-6 overall, 9-1 in the NAC while the 2009 season road ends for the Eagles at 4-9, 3-7 in conference competition. 

It was a big offensive day for the Mustangs who reeled off 17 consecutive goals for the first two quarters of the contest.  The opening goal was scored in the first six seconds of the game by senior Craig Heintzelman (Windham, NH/Salem) who won the face-off, picked up the ground ball, and fired a shot past the goaltender for the 1-0 opening lead.

It only got better for Mount Ida after that, while senior Brett Conley (Fairfield, CT/Fairfield Warde), Christopher Prophete (Waltham, MA/Waltham), and Anthony DiMarsico (Fairport, NY/Fairport) set the pace netting three goals a piece during the 17 goal stretch.  Sophomore Paul Battapaglia (Clinton, CT/Morgan) added two while senior Alex Champagne (East Greenwich, RI/East Greenwich), junior Michael Simone (Dover, NH/St. Thomas Aquinas), sophomore's Derek Broughton (Peabody, MA/Peabody) and Dan Harrington (Westford, MA/Westford Academy), and freshman Billy Gerke (Essex, VT/Rice Memorial) all added one a piece during the two quarter offensive bludgeoning.

The visitors finally got on the board with 1:41 remaining in the second quarter on an unassisted goal by freshman Nick Brown (Sabbattus, ME/Oak Hill) making it 17-1 before the break.

The Mustangs started to lay back on the attack notching four consecutive scores to start the third quarter.  Battapaglia, Conley, DiMarsico, and senior Leo Shidler (Peabody, MA/Peabody) all tallied one a piece making it 21-1 in favor of the Mustangs.

Husson added two immediately following the quick strike by Mount Ida starting with an unassisted goal by freshman Anthony Diaz (Brunswick, ME/Brunswick) making it 21-2 Mustangs.  Freshman Ben Landry (Lewiston, ME/Lewiston) chalked up one more for the Eagles off a feed from Brown trailing 21-3 at the end of the third stanza.

The Mustangs added two more scores, the only goals by either team in the fourth quarter, to round out the contest.  Sophomore Matthew Savage (Peabody, MA/Peabody) and freshman Ian Saunders (Glens Falls, NY/Glens Falls) tallied the goals in the remaining minutes of the game for the 23-3 victory.

It was a huge day statistically for Mount Ida with Conley having the biggest tallying four goals and five assists good for nine points while teammate DiMarsico added four goals as well.  Prophete and Battapaglia combined for six goals, three a piece, while Savage, Shidler, Heintzelman, Champagne, Gerke, Saunders, Broughton, Harrington, and Simone all added one a piece. 

Although the Eagles struggled offensively, freshman goaltender Matt Linnell (Albion, ME/Lawrence) saw a lot of action between the pipes stopping 21 shots that came his way.  Mount Ida junior Matt Vernik (Bethany, CT/Amity Regional) saw the first half for the Mustangs denying three shots while freshman Justin Famiglietti (Peabody, MA/Peabody) got second half duties blocking eight shots.

The Mustangs will host Maine Maritime Academy Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 in NAC semifinal action with the time to be announced.  The Mustangs hosted the Mariners back on April 11th, 2009 winning 18-4.   

Mariners move on to NAC Semifinals with 12-5 win over Thomas

Castine, Maine -- Freshman attacker Brian Corain (Berwick, ME) had a 6 point afternoon as the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners beat the Thomas College Terriers 12-5 in a North Atlantic Conference Quarterfinal men's lacrosse game played Saturday afternoon at Ritchie Field.

With the victory, MMA improves to 8-3 while Thomas ends their season at 4-7. MMA will move on and play the winner of the Mount Ida and Husson matchup in the semifinals on Wednesday.

Thomas College got on the board first when Jeremy Parmley (Eliot, ME) scored an unassisted goal 2-minutes into the contest taking a 1-0 lead. MMA answered seconds later tying the score at 1-1, when Chris Keiley (Holliston, MA) scored off of an assist from Brian Corain (Berwick, ME), tucking the ball over the shoulder of the Thomas goalie.

MMA took the 2-1 advantage at the 6:59 mark of the 1st quarter when Keiley found Garrett Lake who blasted it into the top right corner for the man down score. The Mariners scored again 3-minutes later when Mike Vangelist (Sanford, ME) stole a pass at midfield and found Garrett Lake for his second score of the game taking a 3-1 advantage. The Mariners closed out the quarter with a Chris Keiley goal grabbing a 4-1 lead at the end of the first 15 minutes of play.

MMA took a 5-1 lead with 5:42 to play in the 2nd quarter, when Keiley found the back of the net for his second goal of the day. Brian Corain assisted on the goal. The Terriers inched closer at 5-2 when TJ Collins (East Bridgewater, MA) scored off of a Justin Lawler (Oakland, ME) pass with 2:58 left in the 2nd quarter. Thomas scored again with 1:26 left in the 2nd, when Luke Collier (Sidney, ME) received a pass from Lawler and shot it over the stick of the MMA goalie moving the Terriers within 2 goals at 5-3.

Thomas opened the scoring in the 3rd with an unassisted goal from Kolby Peckham (West Gardiner, ME), pulling the Terriers within one goal at 5-4. MMA answered less than a minute later when Brian Corain found Garrett Lake, pushing the gap back to two goals at 6-4. Both teams exchanged goals as Nick Lund (Alfred, ME) scored for MMA and Luke Collier scored for Thomas bringing the score to 7-5. Ryan Williams (Cumberland, ME) put the Mariners up 8-5 with just 4 seconds left in the 3rd when he gathered a pass from Wade Mondoux (Berwick, ME) and shot the ball from 20 yards out for the score.

The Mariners opened up the scoring in the 4th when Chris Keiley found Brian Corain for his second goal of the afternoon increasing the lead to 9-5. This was the third time on the day this combo combined for a goal.

MMA increased the lead to 10-5 when Nick Lund scored his 2nd goal of the day off of a pass from Brian Corain. The Mariners scored again when Chris Keiley deflected and shot from Ryan Williams into the top corner of the net giving MMA the 6-goal cushion at 11-5. Brian Corain ended the scoring on the day putting the Mariners up 12-5 after connecting on a pass from Nick Lund.

MMA (8-3,7-2 NAC) got 4 goals from sophomore Chris Keiley and 3 goals from senior Garrett Lake. Brian Corain collected 2 goals to go along with his 4 assists while Nick Lund added 2 goals and an assist. The Mariners had 11 assists in their 12 goals. Daniel Redmond (Westbrook, ME) made 20 saves for the Mariners on 45 Thomas shots picking up his school record 8th win of the year. Peter Betti (Upper Saddle River, NJ) led the Mariners with 9 ground balls in the game.

For Thomas College (4-7, 3-6 NAC), Kolby Peckham, Luke Collier, Justin Lawler, Jeremy Parmley, and TJ Collins all had a goal in the game while Collier and Lawler each added an assist. Kevin Averill (New Sharon, ME) led Thomas with 9 ground balls while goalie Josh Colello (Yarmouth, ME) made 18 saves in the loss.

Johnson Advances to NAC Semifinals with 20-10 Defeat of Emerson

JOHNSON, Vt. (April 25, 2009) - Johnson State College lacrosse accomplished a feat for the first time on Saturday by defeating Emerson College 20-10 in the North Atlantic Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday at Minaert Field and advancing to the NAC Semifinals on Wednesday.  The fourth-seeded Badgers outshot the fifth-seeded Lions 64-24 on the day and dominated the groundball battle 82-36.  The appearance was the first post-season birth in the NAC, a program that joined in the league in 2002.

Emerson (7-6, 5-4 NAC) made the most of their scoring opportunities early tallying three goals on their first five shots to take a 3-2 lead in the first period.  Johnson (7-4, 6-3 NAC) would respond by outscoring Emerson 8-2 over the final 20 minutes of the first half and give the Badgers a 10-5 lead at halftime.

A 21-7 third quarter groundball advantage sparked a six-goal period for Johnson with two of those goals coming from freshman Alex Petti (East Greenwich, R.I./Greenwich).

Despite an outstanding effort from goalkeeper Patrick Curran (Framingham, Mass.) who made 33 stops on the day, Emerson could not slow the JSC offense on this day as four different players scored fourth period goals for Johnson en route to the 20-10 final.

JSC was paced by Erik Tillberg (Randolph, Vt./Randolph) and his six-goal, one-assist performance while Petti added four goals on the day.  Senior Matt Riani (Jericho, Vt./Mount Mansfield) tallied three goals and three assists and junior Billy Noyes (Boston, Mass./Northeast Regional) added two goals and five assists. 

Emerson saw senior Joe Greaney (Medfield, Mass.) scored four unassisted goals on the day to lead the Lion offensive charge while Axel Larson (Westford, Vt.) scored a pair of goals.

Branden Sawyer (East Greenwich, R.I./Greenwich) stopped seven Emerson shots and back-up Jeff Boesse (Moretown, Vt./Harwood) stopped one for Johnson State opposite Curran's fine goalie performance.

The loss ends Emerson season at 7-6 overall while Johnson will move on to play the winner of #1 seed Castleton and #8 St. Joseph's of Maine on Wednesday.  The site and time are still to be determined.


April 22, 2009

Castleton Earns Top Seed in NAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament

Castleton State College secured the top seed in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse tournament after finishing regular season play with a perfect 9-0 mark. The Spartans (9-0 NAC, 9-5 overall), who gave five-time defending champion Mount Ida College their first ever NAC conference loss earlier this season, will host the eighth seeded Monks from St. Joseph's (Me) in a quarterfinal matchup on Saturday, April 25.

Second seed Mount Ida (8-1 NAC, 10-6) will welcome seventh seed Husson (3-6 NAC, 4-8). The Eagles advance to the NAC tournament in their first year as a varsity program. Sixth seed Thomas (3-6 NAC, 4-6 overall) will travel to third seed Maine Maritime (7-2 NAC, 7-3) while fourth seed Johnson St. (6-3 NAC, 6-4) will host fifth seed Emerson (5-4, 7-5) in quarterfinal action Saturday.

Quarterfinal games will be played Saturday, April 25 at the higher seed. Quarterfinal winners will meet in a semifinal contest on Wednesday, April 29 at the higher seed. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, May 2 at the highest remaining seed. Game times are subject to change. The top eight teams qualify for the NAC Championship. Predetermined tiebreaking procedures were used to seed teams with identical conference winning percentages.

NAC Men's Lacrosse Championship
Quarterfinals - Saturday, April 25 at higher seeds
(8) St. Joseph’s ME at (1) Castleton
(7) Husson at (2) Mount Ida
(6) Thomas at (3) Maine Maritime
(5) Emerson at (4) Johnson St.

Semifinals - Wednesday, April 29 at higher seeds
Johnson St./Emerson vs Castleton/St. Joseph’s/Lyndon St.
Maine Maritime/Thomas vs Mount Ida/Husson

Championship - Saturday, May 2 at highest remaining seed
Semifinal Winners