Castleton Wins NAC Men's Lacrosse Title with 11-5 Defeat of Mount Ida


For the first time in seven years, Castleton State College defeated rival Mount Ida College in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men’s lacrosse championship game on a saturated and rain soaked field in Newton, Massachusetts.  The Mustangs, who had won the previous six conference championships all against the Spartans, dropped their first ever title contest and only their second loss ever in NAC play since joining the conference in 2004. 

Castleton senior Jake Rick was awarded the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.  The Spartans will move on to their first ever trip to the NCAA tournament with a 13-5 record starting this Wednesday with their opponent TBA. 

Castleton scored the first three goals of the contest to open a commanding lead at 3-0 on two unassisted goals from Rick and freshman Nohea King.  Sophomore Samuel Bailey added the third on a feed from junior Craig MacDerment to start the second frame.

After a very quiet start offensively for Mount Ida, they finally got on the board with 4:37 to go before the break on a goal from senior Christopher Prophete cutting the Spartan advantage to 3-1 heading into halftime. 

The Mustangs started the scoring to open the third quarter on a man-up goal from junior Paul Battapaglia off a dish from freshman Nick Yacuzzi cutting  the lead to 3-2 with Mount Ida at the door step of a comeback.

Castleton then proceeded to reel off the next three goals to re-open a commanding four goal lead up 6-2 on scores from Bailey, MacDerment, and senior Michael Martinez all on unassisted attempts with 10:03 to go in the third. 

Mount Ida struggled to get anything going offensively with every challenge answered by Castleton.  The Mustangs added their third goal of the contest on an unassisted goal from senior Brandon Keith cutting the Spartan advantage to 6-3 with 6:22 to go in the third.

The Spartans added another keeping the Mustangs at arm’s length up 7-3 on a Martinez goal fed from Bailey at the 2:27 mark in the third stanza.

Mount Ida answered on a Yacuzzi score from junior captain Derek Broughton  attempting to stay alive for any chance of a late comeback down 7-4 with under two minutes to go in the third quarter.

Castleton would not back down scoring again off another unassisted goal by King up 8-4 to open the fourth frame.  The Mustangs scored their fifth and final goal of the contest a minute and change later on a Broughton score from junior Matthew Savage down three (8-5) with 13:46 remaining in the game.

Mount Ida’s hopes for a late heroic comeback were snuffed out while they watched the Spartans score the final three goals of the contest on scores from senior Daniel Luzzi, Martinez, and King to seal the 11-5 championship victory for the first title win in program and school history. 

Mount Ida was outplayed physically and mentally early on that led to their demise.  The Mustangs offense struggled to put anything together making it very difficult for their solid defense to hold off the Spartans sparking offense.  Castleton outshot Mount Ida 38-33 for the contest and overpowered the Mustangs in the middle circle going 11-18.

Yacuzzi, Keith, Prophete, Broughton, and Battapaglia all notched one goal apiece for Mount Ida while Martinez and King tallied three goals each for the Spartans.  Bailey was also outstanding with two goals and two assists for the visitors.

Mount Ida netminder Jimmy McAllister denied 10 Spartan shots while Castleton sophomore goaltender David DeGhetto made 11 saves. 

North Atlantic Conference (NAC) All-Tournament Team


 Jake Rick, Castleton - MVP
David DeGhetto, Castleton
Adam Farmer, Castleton
Evan Cassidy, Castleton
Craig MacDerment, Castleton
Jimmy McAllister, Mount Ida
Carl Grimo, Mount Ida
Kevin Mulvey, Mount Ida
Ben Landry, Husson
Matt Tabler, Husson
Christopher Keiley, Maine Maritime
Taylor Boutin, Maine Maritime

May 5, 2010

Mount Ida, Castleton to Meet for 7th Time in NAC Title Game

Christopher Prophete and Derek O'Reilly each had two goals and three assists for Mount Ida as they defeated Maine Maritime 14-5 to advance to their seventh-straight conference tournament final. They will face Castleton, 17-5 winners over Husson. The Mustangs have won all six previous championship tilts.

NAC Men's Lacrosse Championship
Quarterfinals - Saturday, May 1 at higher seeds
(1) Mount Ida 18, (8) Lyndon State 1
(2) Castleton 21, (7) Thomas 1
(3) Husson 11, (6) Johnson State 7
(4) Maine Maritime 22, (5) St. Joseph's of Maine 6

Semifinals - Wednesday, May 5 at higher seeds
(1) Mount Ida 14, (4) Maine Maritime 5
(2) Castleton 17, (3) Husson 5

Championship - Saturday, May 8 at Mount Ida
(2) Castleton at (1) Mount Ida

Mount Ida ready to defend NAC Title After defeating Maine Maritime 14-5


Newton Center, Mass. - For the seventh time in as many years, the Mount Ida College men’s lacrosse program will advance to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) championship game after a 14-5 victory over visiting Maine Maritime Wednesday afternoon in Newton, Massachusetts.   The Mustangs, who will host the title contest against visiting conference rival Castleton State College, improves to 12-6 overall and continues their perfect NAC winning streak at 11-0.  The Mariners finish up their 2010 season with a 7-7 overall record and end at 7-3 in NAC play.

After a quiet start in the opening six minutes of the contest, the Mustangs struck twice with goals, one each from sophomore Dan Harrington (Westford, MA/Westford Academy) and freshman Nick Yacuzzi (Oakham, MA/St. John’s), for the 2-0 advantage with 4:46 to go in the first quarter.

The Mariners got on the board with 2:36 to go in the opening frame on a sophomore Andrew DiSalvo (Glastonbury, CT/Xavier) goal off a dish from junior Christopher Keiley (Holliston, MA/Holliston) cutting the host lead to 2-1.

The one goal separation did not last very long with Mount Ida going on a 5-0 run that started at the tail end of the first and lasted into the 10th minute of the second quarter.  Junior captain Derek Broughton (Peabody, MA/Peabody) and sophomore Derek O’Reilly (East Setuaket, NY/Ward Melville) notched two scores a piece during the five goal run while junior Bill Eagan (North Andover, MA/North Andover) added the other leading 7-2. 

The teams exchanged two goals apiece to finish the second frame with Keiley notching both for the Mariners.  Senior Christopher Prophete (Waltham, MA/Waltham) and Yacuzzi added one apiece for the Mustangs giving the hosts a commanding 9-3 advantage heading into the break.

Mount Ida scored two goals to open their third quarter with one each from Prophete and junior Matthew Savage (Peabody, MA/Peabody) for the 11-3 lead for the only goals in the third set.

Although junior Wade Mondoux (North Berwick, ME/Noble) would score  to open the fourth quarter (11-4), Mount Ida score the last three out of four goals from senior transfer Brandon Keith (Barnstable, MA/Barnstable),  junior Dan Harrington (Westford, MA/Westford Academy), and freshman Mike Durand (Londonderry, NH/Londonderry) for the 14-5 win.  MMA freshman Tom Houle (Manchester, NH/Kents Hill) scored the final goal for the Mariners.

The Mustangs dominated every major statistical category during the contest leading in groundballs (57), shots (52), and face-offs (16-22).  Mount Ida senior face-off specialist Matthew Vernik (Bethany, CT/Amity Regional) continues his reign in the middle circle going 14-20 on the day with 10 groundballs.  The Mount Ida defense, led by senior’s Kevin Mulvey (Peabody, MA/Peabody), Bryan Seaman (Peabody, MA/Peabody), Dan Kelley (Bethany, CT/Amity Regional) and long stick middy Carl Grimo (Bristol, RI/LaSalle Academy), was again as solid as a rock surrendering only five goals.

Prophete and O’Reilly flourished statistically today with two goals and three assists each to lead the Mustangs.  Harrington, Yacuzzi, and Broughton all added two scores apiece while Savage, Keith, Eagan, and Durand all notched one.  Freshman Jake Davis (Chester, NH/Pinkerton Academy) added two assists.

Mount Ida netminder Jimmy McAllister (Smithfield, RI/LaSalle Academy) played the first three quarters and was outstanding to say the least denying nine Mariner shots surrendering three of the five visiting goals.  Sophomore Craig Naftal (Bellmore, NY/JFK) saw the final quarter notching three saves.

The Mustangs will host the NAC championship game this coming Saturday at Mount Ida Athletic Stadium against visiting conference rival Castleton State College starting at 1:00 p.m.

Castleton advances to seventh-straight NAC Final


Castleton, VT - Castleton State College placed 10 different players in  the scoring column en route to a 17-5 win over Husson University in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men’s lacrosse semifinal win.

With the win, Castleton improves to 12-5 and advances to its seventh-straight NAC title game. The Spartans will take on six-time defending champion Mount Ida in the final, as the Mustangs turned in a 14-5 win over Maine Maritime in the other semifinal match-up. Husson’s
season ends at 10-8.

Korey Counos (St. Albans, VT) started the Spartan scoring, whistling a shot past from 15-yards out just 1:14 into the contest. Ben Landry (Lewiston, ME), the nation’s leading goal scorer knotted the game at 1-1 five minutes later, pouncing on a Spartan turnover and beating Castleton goalie David DeGhetto (Clifton, NJ).

The momentum was short-lived, as Castleton reeled off three-straight, including two from James Bascom (Barre, VT) to take the 4-1 lead late in the first half. Landry answered with his 80th of the season to slice the lead in half, but Craig MacDerment (Clifton Park, NY) scored with 44 seconds left in the half to push the lead to 5-2.

The third period belonged to the Spartans as Castleton outscored the Eagles 8-2, including four-straight to open the period. Jake Rick (Rochester, NY) scored with 7:31 left in the period off a Counos assist, and Michael DelDotto (Reading, MA) effectively put the game away seven seconds later off a Michael Martinez (Barrington, IL) helper.

Counos led the way with three goals and an assist, while Rick finished with two goals and two assists. DelDotto added three goals, Samuel Bailey (Hartford, VT) two goals and one assist, and Bascom chipped in a pair of goals to round out the multiple-point scorers.

DeGhetto stood tall in net for the Spartans, turning away 13 shots in his 11th win of the season. MacDerment played a huge role in the Spartan possession game, corralling a game-high 17 ground balls and winning 18-of-21 face-offs.

Landry’s two goals led the Eagles, while Mitch Heaps (York, PA), Nick Brown (Lewiston, ME) and Matt Tabler (Catonsville, MD) each tallied one.

Tyler Quinn (McLean, VA) was saddled with the loss, stopping nine shots and allowing 16 goals in 59:04.

Castleton owned the advantage in ground balls (49-29), shots (37-26) and was 14-for-19 on clearing attempts.


May 2, 1, 2010

Top seeds advanced in the NAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament

All four top seeds advanced during quarterfinal play on Saturday. Top seed and six-time defending champion Mount Ida defeated Lyndon 18-1 and will face fourth seed Maine Maritime on Wednesday. Second seed Castleton bested Thomas 22-1 and will host Husson in semifinal action Wednesday.

NAC Men's Lacrosse Championship
Quarterfinals - Saturday, May 1 at higher seeds
(1) Mount Ida 18, (8) Lyndon State 1
(2) Castleton 21, (7) Thomas 1
(3) Husson 11, (6) Johnson State 7
(4) Maine Maritime 22, (5) St. Joseph's of Maine 6

Semifinals - Wednesday, May 5 at higher seeds
Maine Maritime vs Mount Ida
Husson vs Castleton

Championship - Saturday, May 8 at highest remaining seed
Semifinal Winners

May 1, 2010

Mount Ida Stings Lyndon State in Quarterfinal Round of NAC Tournament 18-1


Newton Center, Mass. - Seven Mount Ida College men’s lacrosse players scored two goals or more en route to an 18-1 stinging against visiting Lyndon State College in the quarterfinal round of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) post-season tournament Saturday in Newton, Massachusetts.  The number one seed Mustangs, who have won their fourth league contest in a row spilling over from the regular season, improve to 11-6 going a perfect 10-0 in conference play.  The Hornets end their 2010 season going 3-10 overall, 2-8 in conference competition.

The Mustangs notched the first three goals of the contest with two goals from senior transfer Brandon Keith (Barnstable, MA/Barnstable) and one score from junior Paul Battapaglia (Clinton, CT/Morgan) to lead 3-0 through 14 minutes of the first quarter.

The visitors got on the board with about a minute to go in the first frame on an unassisted goal by freshman Teague Cyle (Tilton, NH) trailing 3-1.

Mount Ida reeled off the next 15 goals through three quarters for the commanding 18-1 quarterfinal victory sending the Mustangs into the semifinals against either St. Joseph’s College (ME) or Maine Maritime Academy next Wednesday at Mount Ida.

Junior Matt Savage (Peabody, MA/Peabody) led the charge for the Mustangs with three goals and two assists on six total shots.  Senior’s Keith, Christopher Prophete (Waltham, MA/Waltham), Michael Simone (Dover, NH/St. Thomas Aquinas), junior’s Battapaglia, Dan Harrington (Westford, MA/Westford Academy), and freshman Nick Yacuzzi (Oakham, MA/St. John’s) all notched two scores a piece during the romping.  Junior Derek O’Reilly (East Setuaket, NY/Ward Melville) was solid all game with one goal and a game leading four assists.  Sophomore Brendan Hylan (Clinton, CT/Morgan) and freshman John Whelan (Cranston, RI/Bishop Hendricken) added one each.

Junior captain Derek Broughton (Peabody, MA/Peabody) was his unselfish self chipping in three assists.  Prophete, Harrington, Yacuzzi, and junior Pat McGovern (Bristol, RI/Mt. Hope) tallied an assist a piece.

Mount Ida split all three goaltenders in net starting in the first quarter with sophomore Jimmy McAllister (Smithfield, RI/LaSalle Academy) notching five saves.  Sophomore Craig Naftal (Bellmore, NY/JFK) took duties for the second and third frames with zero saves.   Freshman Chandler Webb (Quincy, MA/Bishop Hendricken (RI)) saw the final set with two stops.  Hornets’ goaltender, sophomore Christian Henault (St. Johnsbury, VT), saw 55 shots by the Mustangs adding 16 saves.

Mount Ida senior Matt Vernik (Bethany, CT/Amity Regional) was again disgustingly good as he has been all season going a perfect 19-19 from the middle circle picking up 13 groundballs.  The Mustangs dominated every statistical category for the entire contest. The Mount Ida defense was devastating all day surrendering only one score for the entire contest.

Mount Ida will host the semi-final round this coming Wednesday with the time TBA against either St. Joe’s or Maine Maritime.

May 1, 2010

Castleton advances to semifinal round of NAC Tournament with 21-1 win over Thomas


Castleton, VT - Michael Martinez (Barrington, IL) scored a game-high six goals and dished out one assist to lead the Castleton State College men’s lacrosse team, 21-1, over Thomas College in the quarterfinal round of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Tournament on Saturday night at Spartan Stadium on Senior Night.

The Spartans improve to 11-5 overall on the season and play Husson on Wednesday, May 5 in the semifinal round of the NAC Tournament at Spartan Stadium with a time to be determined later. The Terriers season ends at 4-9 overall.

David Manghis (Acton, MA), Robert Hass (Farmington, CT), Daniel Luzzi (Oakland, NJ), Robert Schroeder (Salisbury, VT), Korey Counos (St. Albans, VT), Martinez and Jake Rick (Rochester, NY) were all honored after the game for their contributions to the Castleton State College
men’s lacrosse program.

Offensively for Castleton, Nohea King (St. Albans, VT) netted four markers, Counos scored three goals, Samuel Bailey (Hartford, VT) found the back of the net twice and Jeremy Peyton (Montpelier, VT), Rick, Luke Titus (So. Burlington, VT), Alexandre Brands (Woodstock, VT) Luzzi and David Whitlock (Randolph, VT) scored a marker each.

Bailey led the Spartans’ transition dishing out a game-high six assists while teammate Kevin McCarthy (Johnson, VT) handed out four assists.

Josh Colello (Yarmouth, ME) scored the lone goal for Thomas coming at the 2:06 mark of the second half. Sean Machin (Brunswick, ME) assisted on the marker.

Craig MacDerment (Clifton Park, NY) was 13-15 in faceoffs for the Spartans as Castleton went 22-for-26 in that category. The Spartans also led the game in clears going 18-for-25.

May 1, 2010

Husson Heads to Semifinals With Win Over Johnson State


The Husson University Eagles defeated Johnson State 11-7 in the first round of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men’s lacrosse tournament.  Husson’s Ben Landry (So., Lewiston, ME) scored 6 goals in the win.  With the loss, the Badgers end their season with a 4-8 record (4-6 NAC).  Husson improves to 10-7 (7-2 NAC) and will face the winner of a contest between Castleton in the semifinals and Thomas on May 5.

Landry notched the first goal of the day for the Eagles five minutes into the first period.  Johnson State’s Justin Connolly (So., Jeffersonville, VT) answered with an unassisted goal.  The Eagles and Badgers would continue to trade goals throughout the first period and into the second period.  At the half, Huson led 4-3.

The Eagles would not relinquish the lead, ending the game with an 11-7 victory.

May 1, 2010

Maine Maritime Cruises to Victory over St. Joseph's, 22-6


Castine, Maine -- Attacker Andrew DiSalvo (Glastonbury, CT) scored five goals and dished out six assists on the afternoon as the Mariners from Maine Maritime defeated the St. Joseph’s College Monks 22-6 in a North Atlantic Conference men’s lacrosse quarterfinal game played Saturday afternoon at Ritchie Field.

The Mariners jumped out to a 4-0 lead at the end of the first quarter on goals by Dennis St. Pierre (South Berwick, ME), Chris Keiley (Holliston, MA) and two by Disalvo. The Mariners exploded for eight more markers in the second quarter and took a 12-2 lead into the half.

St. Joe’s scored the first goal of the third quarter on an Elliot LaMarre (Raymond, ME) goal but was quickly countered by a Keiley (six goals) tally that put the score at 13-3. The Monks scored again but gave up the next five markers and trailed 18-4 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Mariners tacked on four more goals in the fourth while the Monks added two to finish off the scoring at 22-6. With the win, the Mariners will advance to the semi finals of the NAC Playoffs.

Andrew DiSalvo finished the day with 11 points for MMA while Chris Keiley added eight points on six goals and two assists. Todd Murphy (Middlesex, VT) was outstanding in the win collecting two goals and six assists for eight points. Tom Houle (Manchester, NH) collected three goals in the victory. Erik Milles (Bangor, ME) collected his first collegiate win for the Mariners making 15 saves.

Paul Dolewa (Saco, ME) led the Monks with three goals and an assist while Benson Pasquarello (Kennebunk, ME) and Alexander Stone (Lewiston, ME) each finished with two points. Christopher Driscoll (Saco, ME) took the loss for the Monks.


April 29, 2010

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

Six time defending champion Mount Ida College will be 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 Mustangs (9-0 NAC, 10-6 overall), who have been the top seed five of the  last six years, will host the eighth seeded Lyndon State (2-7 NAC, 3-9) in a quarterfinal matchup on Saturday, May 1.

Second seed Castleton (8-1 NAC, 10-5) will welcome seventh seed Thomas (3-6 NAC, 4-8). The Spartans are the only conference team to defeat Mount Ida in the last six seasons. Sixth seed Johnson State (4-5 NAC, 4-7 overall) will travel to third seed Husson (7-2 NAC, 9-7). The Eagles posted a 7-2 mark in their second year as a varsity program. Fourth seed Maine Maritime (6-3 NAC, 6-6) will host fifth seed St. Joseph's College of Maine (5-4, 10-7) in quarterfinal action Saturday.

Quarterfinal games will be played Saturday, May 1 at the higher seed. Quarterfinal winners will meet in a semifinal contest on Wednesday, May 5 at the higher seed. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, May 8 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, May 1 at higher seeds
(8) Lyndon State at (1) Mount Ida
(7) Thomas at (2) Castleton
(6) Johnson State at (3) Husson
(5) St. Joseph's of Maine at (4) Maine Maritime

Semifinals - Wednesday, May 5 at higher seeds
Maine Maritime/St. Joseph's vs Mount Ida/Lyndon St.
Husson/Johnson St. vs Castleton/Thomas

Championship - Saturday, May 8 at highest remaining seed
Semifinal Winners