Lasell College Wins NAC Men's Soccer Title

November 4, 2006

Lasell College Wins NAC Men's Soccer Title

Newton, MA - The 2006 NAC Championship match started off with a hotly contested first half as both team traded possession throughout, trying to find their rhythm.  The shots were even at seven a piece at the half, but the Lasers saw more quality chances and found the back of the net in the 20th minute as sophomore forward Zach Gagne (Somerset, MA) made a run down the right side and crossed the ball to sophomore forward Jeff Danso (Worcester, MA) to bring the score to 1-0 after 45 minutes.

Lasell quickly netted a goal to start the second half in the 46th minute as Danso set up Gagne to give the Lasers a 2-0 lead.  Elms was able to create more quality chances in the second half and scored in the 63rd minute when freshman midfielder Ben Masse (Chicopee, MA) set up freshman forward Sean Moylan (Chicopee, MA) at the top of the box to bring the score to 2-1.  Each team had chances down the stretch, but neither was able to score again as Lasell held onto the 2-1 lead to advance to the DIII NCAA tournament.  Elms goalkeeper Phil Joyce (Ashland, NH) played very well, tallying nine total saves.  Lasell goalkeeper Julian Dutton (Madison, CT) also had some spectacular stops finishing with five saves.

Lasell College (15-5 overall) will advance to the DIII NCAA tournament for the second time in their history.  Tournament brackets will be announced Sunday night.


2006 Men's Soccer Champions - Lasell College

2006 NAC Men's Soccer All-Tournament Team

Tournament MVP: Jeff Danso, Lasell (So. - F)
Brian Whelan, Lasell (Jr. - M)
Julian Dutton, Lasell (Fr. - GK)
Ryan Shaunessey, Lasell (Jr. - D)
Kuol Acuek, Lasell (So. - F)
Phil Joyce, Elms (So. - GK)
Matt Kapinos, Elms (So. - M)
Sean Moylan, Elms (Fr. - F)
Mike Anthony, Castleton State (So. - GK)
Jesse Brown, Castleton State (Sr. - M)
Nate Ghelli, Maine-Farmington (Sr. - M)
Eben Baker, Maine-Farmington (Jr. - D)

NAC Men's Soccer Tournament

Quarterfinals - Saturday, October 28 at higher seeds
(6) Johnson State 0 at (3) Maine-Farmington 1
(7) Elms 2 at (2) Husson 1 - 2OT
Quarterfinals - Sunday, October 29 at higher seeds
(8) Becker 0 at (1) Lasell 1
Quarterfinals - Monday, October 30
(4) Castleton State 1 at (5) Mount Ida 1 - 2OT
Castleton advances 7-6 in penalty kick shootout
         
Semifinals - Tuesday, October 31 at higher seeds
(4) Castleton State 1 at (1) Lasell 3
(7) Elms 3 at (3) Maine-Farmington 1
         
Championship - Saturday, November 4
(7) Elms 1 at (1) Lasell 2
 


Lasell College Defeats Castleton to Advance to NAC Championship

Newton, MA--Lasell College was able to hold off 11 shots from Castleton State today as goalkeeper Julian Dutton (Madison, CT) tallied 7 saves in the 3-1 victory for Lasell. Lasell scored first with 8:32 left in the first half and Castleton earned the equalizer on an own goal with one minute left in the half. Lasell came on strong in the second half and was able to manufacture goals in the 56th minute and again in the 79th minute. Lasell's Jeff Danso (Worcester, MA) led the Lasers today with a goal and an assist in the victory. Lasell will face Elms College here at Lasell on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

ELMS COLLEGE ADVANCES TO NAC CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 3-1 WIN AT MAINE-FARMINGTON

 FARMINGTON, ME, Oct. 31, 2006 - Elms College freshman midfielder Ben Masse (Chicopee, MA) netted his team-leading sixth goal of the year and the seventh-seeded Blazers used a two-goal first half to post a 3-1 win over third-seeded University of Maine-Farmington in Tuesday's North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Tournament men?s soccer semifinal at Prescott Field. With the victory, Elms College (8-9-1) advances to its first conference championship game since winning its first and only NAC Tournament title in 2001.  The Blazers will play at top-seeded Lasell College (14-5) on Saturday, November 4. The winner of that game receives the conference's automatic qualifier into the upcoming NCAA Division III Championship.

Lasell punched its ticket to the NAC Tournament title game with a 3-1 win over No. 4 Castleton in Tuesday's other semifinal. The Blazers dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 double overtime game at Lasell in the previous meeting between the two teams back on October 11. In that game, the Blazers led 1-0 on a goal by Masse in the 57th minute before the host Lasers tallied the equalizer in the 71st minute and the game-winner with just four seconds remaining in the second overtime.

In Tuesday?s semifinal victory at Maine-Farmington, junior midfielder Nda Kaslong (Jos, Nigeria) struck for his fourth goal of the year off a direct kick in the 14th minute to give the Blazers a quick 1-0 lead. The Beavers responded 13 minutes later when senior midfielder Nate Ghelli (Lancaster, NH) converted on a penalty kick for his third goal of the season. Sophomore forward Patrick Kayego (Springfield, MA) then scored what proved to be the eventual game-winning goal in the 42nd minute when he blasted a shot past Maine-Farmington sophomore goalkeeper Brian Lemont (Brunswick, ME) to give the Blazers a 2-1 lead. Masse added an insurance goal off a cross by senior midfielder Matt Kapinos (Ludlow, MA) in the 81st minute to seal the victory. Elms College sophomore goalkeeper Phil Joyce (Ashland, NH) stopped five shots to earn his fifth win of the year, while Lemont finished with three stops in the loss for Maine-Farmington, which finished its season 7-9-3.


Castleton State Ousts Mount Ida
Spartans advance to NAC Semis with 7-6 victory in penalty kick shootout

NEWTON, Mass. (Oct. 30, 2006) - The fourth-seeded Castleton State College men's soccer used a penalty kick shootout to defeat fifth-seeded Mount Ida College this afternoon in North Atlantic Conference Tournament Quarterfinal action at the Mount Ida Athletic Stadium.

After playing to a 1-1 deadlock during regulation time and two overtime periods, the squads went to penalty shootout. It was there that the Spartans edged the Mustangs 7-6 to advance to the NAC Semifinals.

Castleton (8-10-2, 5-4-1 NAC) moves on to play top-seeded Lasell College tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. The Lasers advanced to the second round by way of a 1-0 victory over eight-seeded Becker College yesterday.

Freshman Jerry DeChance (Valatie, N.Y./Ichabod Crane) gave Castleton an early 1-0 advantage, when he scored his first collegiate goal off a scramble in front of the Mount Ida net in the 27th minute.

The Mustangs came back to knot things up at 1-1, when senior Josh Belongie (Ashaway, R.I./Chariho Regional) tallied off a cross from sophomore Jean Demorcy (Jersey City, N.J./Ferris) in the 78th minute. Belongie finished the season with team-highs of 20 points and nine goals.

The contest went scoreless for the remainder of regulation and through two ten minute overtimes. As a result the clubs participated in a penalty kick shootout, which lasted eight rounds. Castleton goalkeeper Mike Anthony (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) turned away two shots in the Spartans 7-6 shootout triumph. Mount Ida netminder Brian Leighton (Turner, Maine/Leavitt Area) stopped one. The duo made 11 and six saves, respectively during regulation and overtime play.

Lasell College Advances to NAC Semi-Finals with Win Over Becker College

Newton, MA--After a scoreless first half, Lasell College sophomore Jeff Danso (Worcester, MA) found the back of the net early in the 2nd half, to lift the Lasers over the visiting Hawks in Newton.  Despite a lot of offensive pressure from Becker, Lasell, the #1 seed, was able to hold on and advance to the NAC semi-finals.  The game was very physical,  both teams had plenty of chances and both goalies made some great saves.  Julian Dutton (Madison, CT) had 8 saves for Lasell and Chris Kirwan (Worcester, MA) had 7 saves for the Hawks.  Lasell will host the winner of the Castleton State/Mount Ida match up here on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

Elms Upsets Husson 2-1 in 2OT

Bangor, ME - Sean Moylan (Chicopee, MA) had a goal and assist to lift #7 Elms College past #2 Husson 2-1 (2OT) in NAC quarterfinal action.  Elms advances to the NAC Semi-Finals with a record of 7-9-1 while Husson finishes at 12-4-3.

Moylan scored the game winning goal with four minutes remaining in the second overtime.  He put the ball on net and got it over the head of Husson's goalie Jon Cowie (Madawaska, ME) for the game winner. 

Moylan helped get the Blazers on top in the first half 1-0, as he assisted on a goal by Jack Paulo II (Chicopee, MA).  He played a through ball to Paulo II who put it past the diving Cowie. 

Husson tied the score as Nattapong Kongsuriya (Bangkok, Thailand) found the net off a pass from Jeff Truchon (Greene, ME) tying the score 1-1 with 8 minutes to play in regulation.   

Cowie finished the game with 4 saves while Elms goalie Phil Joyce (Ashland, NH) had 7 saves. 

Elms will next play in the NAC Semi-Finals at U. Maine Farmington on Tuesday, October 31. 

Ghelli?s Goal Allows UMF Men's Soccer to Advance with 1-0 Win over Johnson St.

Senior Nate Ghelli (Lancaster, NH) scored his second goal of the season at the 53:22 mark and the defense survived over the final 36 minutes of play as the UMF men's soccer team (7-8-3) defeated Johnson State, 1-0, this afternoon on a rainy, windy and cold morning at Prescott Field.  Ghelli's goal, which came on a rebound of a shot by Kellen Brown (South Berwick, ME) enabled the Beavers to eliminate JSC from the postseason for the second year in a row.

The match started in steady rain and as play progressed, the weather continued to worsen.  The rain became heavier, the wind grew stronger and temperatures dropped, but the elements had little effect on the quality of play, as both teams put forth outstanding efforts in adverse conditions.  Johnson State and UMF  played an even first half, with Johnson holding a 9-4 edge in shots, but the Beavers entered the break in a scoreless tie thanks in part to the strong goalkeeping of Brian Lemont (Brunswick, ME). 

About 10 minutes into the second half, Kellen Brown sent a shot on goal which deflected off JSC goalkeeper Andy Lane and bounded out to Ghelli on the left wing.  After settling the ball, he slipped a shot pass a recovering Lane for the 1-0 lead.  The Badgers grew aggressive on offense from that point on, but strong play from the defense and some key plays by Lemont, particularly on corner kicks, preserved the victory.

Johnson State finished the game with a 13-9 advantage in shots and a 13-1 edge in corner kicks, including eight in the second half and five in the last 15 minutes of play.  With Elms? 2-1, overtime victory at Husson today, the Beavers will maintain home field advantage in the semifinals of the NAC Tournament. 


October 26, 2006

Lasell Earns Top Seed in NAC Men's Soccer Championship

After running the table during conference play, Lasell has earned the top seed in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Championship. The Lasers (12-5-0 overall, 10-0-0 NAC) will host eight seed Becker (3-12-4 overall, 3-4-3 NAC) when quarterfinal action begins this Saturday, October 28.

Evidence of a very competitive conference this season, the other three quarterfinal games feature rematches of 1-0 decisions during regular season play. Seventh seed Elms (6-9-1 overall, 5-5 NAC) will travel to second seed Husson (12-3-3 overall, 7-2-1 NAC). The Eagles, who have not lost in their last five contests, defeated the lower seeded Blazers 1-0 when the teams met in Chicopee, Mass. earlier this season.

Third seed Maine-Farmington (6-8-3 overall, 5-3-2 NAC) will host sixth seed Johnson State (8-8-1 overall, 5-4-1 NAC). UMF needed overtime to defeat the Badgers 1-0 in Johnson, Vermont in late September.

Last year's tournament surprise Mount Ida will attempt to follow the same path as they did in 2005 when they claimed the NAC title as the fifth seed. The Mustangs (8-7-3 overall, 4-3-3 NAC) will travel to fourth seed Castleton State (8-10-1 overall, 5-4-1 NAC). The host Spartans defeated the defending champions 1-0 on a late goal in the 77th minute.

The top eight teams qualify for the NAC Championship. Predetermined tiebreaking procedures were used to seed teams with identical conference winning percentages. Quarterfinal games will be played on Saturday, October 28 at 1:00 p.m. at the higher seed. Quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals held at the higher seed on Tuesday, October 31 at 2:00 p.m. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, November 4 at the highest remaining seed. Game times are subject to change. The NAC Champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.

NAC Men's Soccer Tournament - Bracket

Quarterfinals - Saturday, October 28 at higher seeds
(8) Becker   at (1) Lasell  
(7) Elms   at (2) Husson  
(6) Johnson State   at (3) Maine-Farmington  
(5) Mount Ida   at (4) Castleton State  
         
Semifinals - Tuesday, October 31 at higher seeds
Winner 1/8 vs. Winner 4/5
Winner 2/7 vs. Winner 3/6
         
Championship - Saturday, November 4
Semifinal Winners