November 5, 2005

Mount Ida Claims NAC Men's Soccer Title in Shootout

Fifth seed Mount Ida College upset second seed and host Lasell College in a dramatic North Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Championship.  Much of the game was played in the midfield throughout the first half, each side battling for possession.  Lasell dominated much of the second half with several quality chances and top notch defending in particular by senior Mike Dewire (Waltham, MA), but neither side was able to score at the end of regulation and two overtime periods.

The winner was now to be decided by penalty kicks, as each team chose five players to take alternate shots.  The score was tied 3-3 and Mount Ida had the last penalty kick.  Ida senior defender Dan Smith (Westminster, VT) netted the winning goal as goalkeeper Nathan Walzer (Woodbury, CT) got a touch on the ball but was unable to keep the ball out of the net. Walzer finished the game with three saves, Mount Ida goalkeeper Brian Leighton (Turner, ME) finished with nine saves and the win.

Mount Ida wraps up the NAC tournament with at 8-4-5 overall record and will head to the Division III NCAA Tournament.  Lasell College finishes the season with a 11-6-2 record and awaits a possible ECAC tournament bid to be announced early next week.

North Atlantic Conference Championship All-Tournament Team 

Tournament MVP: Dan Smith, Mount Ida (Sr. Defender - Westminster, VT)
Arly Noel, Mount Ida  (Sr. Midfielder - Framingham, MA)
Joe Kassoy, Mount Ida  (So. Midfielder - Glastonbury, CT
Brad Johnson, Mount Ida  (So. Midfielder - Grafton, MA)
Svetlin Ignatov, Mount Ida  (Fr. Forward - Taunton, MA)
Mike Navedo, Lasell (Sr. Defender - Norton, MA)
Zach Gagne, Lasell (Fr. Midfielder - Somerset, MA)
Mike DeWire, Lasell (Sr. Defender - Waltham, MA)
Nate Williams, Castleton State (Sr. Forward - East Schodack, NY)
Justin Fleming, Castleton State (Jr. Defender - Derby, VT)
Brian Lemont, Maine-Farmington (Fy. GK - Brunswick, ME)
Nate Ghelli, Maine-Farmington (Jr. Defender - Lancaster, NH)

NAC Men's Soccer Tournament - Bracket

Quarterfinals - Sunday, October 30 at higher seeds
(8) Me.-Farmington 0 at (1) Johnson State 0 - 2OT
Me.-Farmington advances on penalty kicks 6-5
(7) Elms 1 at (2) Lasell 3
(6) Maine Maritime 0 at (3) Castleton State 1
(5) Mount Ida 3 at (4) Husson 1
         
Semifinals - Wednesday, November 2 at higher seeds
(8) Me.-Farmington 1 at (5) Mount Ida 2
(3) Castleton State 1 at (2) Lasell 2
         
Championship - Saturday, November 5 at Lasell
(5) Mount Ida 0 at (2) Lasell 0 - 2OT
Mount Ida earns title on penalty kicks 4-3

November 2, 2005

Lasell Men’s Soccer Advances to NAC Finals with 2-1 Defeat of Castleton State

Newton, MA – For the second straight year the Lasell College men’s soccer team will advance to the North Atlantic Conference finals.  The Lasers defeated the Castleton State College Spartans 2-1 to earn the right to play for the NAC title for the second year in a row.  Lasell junior midfielder Adam Palencia scored the first goal in the 18th minute on an crossball from freshman Zach Gagne.  Lasell would score again in the 33rd minute as freshman forward Jeff Danso scored on a feed from sophomore fullback Steve Salerno.  Defensively, senior fullback Mike Dewire played very well as did sophomore goalkeeper Nathan Walzer who had four saves in the win.

In the second half, Castleton State’s T.J. Mazza netted a goal in the 65th minute off a free kick which resulted in a scramble in front of the net.  Castleton senior goalkeeper Matt Vernon played 22 minutes, recording one save and allowing one goal and left the game with an injury.  Freshman goalkeeper Ben Colona finished the game allowing one goal and stopping three shots.  The NAC finals will be hosted by Lasell College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against cross town rival Mount Ida College. 

#5 Mount Ida Outlasts #8 Maine-Farmington, 2-1; advance to NAC Championship

NEWTON, Mass. – The fifth seeded Mount Ida men’s soccer team (8-4-4, 4-2-3 NAC) fought back for a 2-1 victory over eighth seeded Maine Farmington in a North Atlantic Conference Tournament Semifinal match this afternoon at the Mount Ida Athletic Stadium. With the win, the Mustangs advanced to Saturday’s Conference Championship at second seeded Lasell College. Lasell knocked off third seeded Castleton State College 2-1 in today’s other semifinal pairing. The Lasers defeated Mount Ida 4-1 in the teams’ previous meeting on September 28.

Following a Mount Ida handball in the goal box, senior Joe Conway netted a penalty kick to give Maine Farmington a 1-0 advantage just 8:11 into the contest. The Mustangs received a penalty kick of their own in the 31st minute, when freshman Zain Hassan drew a foul in box. Classmate Svetlin Ignatov tallied off the penalty kick to knot the match up at one goal apiece.

Mount Ida took its first lead of the contest, when junior Josh Belongie ripped a rebound past Beavers freshman goalkeeper Brian Lemont in the 69th minute. His goal proved to be the match-winner, as the Mustangs defense stifled Maine Farmington over the final 21:15. Freshman goalkeeper Brian Leighton stopped six shots for Mount Ida, while Lemont made seven saves in a losing effort for the Beavers.