Castleton crowned NAC Men's Soccer Champions following PKs

Castleton State College advanced to the NCAA III National Tournament on penalty kicks 5-3 over Husson University.  This is their second championship in as many years.  The game featured all that you would want in a title game and was tied 1-1 after a 110 minutes of soccer.

Tournament MVP Mike Anthony (Sr, Dartmouth, MA) turned away Nathan Carter's penalty kick for the difference.  Castleton converted on all five of their penalty kicks; Ryan Hahn (Sr, Benson, VT), Corey Robbins (Sr, Barre, VT), TJ Mazza (Sr, Lake George, NY), Jason Potter (Ludlow, VT), and Greg Klopfer (Jr, Voorheesville, NY) all converted their attempts. 

The game was scoreless at half time.  The Spartans struck first 3:28 into the second half as Mazza served a pass in front of the net and Klopfer headed it home to put Castleton up 1-0.      

The Eagles put constant pressure on Anthony having numerous scoring opportunities in the second half.  Josh Labonte (Fy, Winslow, ME) scored the game tying goal with just over 10 minutes remaining, putting a shot on net from just inside mid-field that found the net.      

Both keepers played well in net.  Anthony finished with 7 saves while Miguel Dominguez (So, Rome, GA) had 4 saves. 

Castleton moves to 12-8-1 on the season while Husson finishes 10-7-1. 

Castleton advances to the NCAA III National Tournament for the 4th time in 6 years. 

2008 All-Tournament Team
Mike Anthony, Castleton - Tournament MVP
Greg Klopfer, Castleton
Sean Fizgerald, Castleton
Nick Bellizzi, Castleton
Josh Bartlett, Husson
Billy Shannon, Husson
Natapong Kongsuriya, Husson
Andrew Merriken, Maine-Farmington
James Tollefson, Maine-Farmington
Darren Roberge, Lyndon State
  Jeff Giroux, Lyndon State


NAC Men's Soccer Championship
First Round - Tuesday, October 28 at higher seeds
(6) Thomas 0 at (3) Farmington 1
(5) Johnson State 1 at (4) Lyndon State 2
Semifinals - Saturday, November 1 at higher seeds
(4) Lyndon State 0 at (1) Husson 10
(3) Farmington 1 at (2) Castleton 2
Championship - Saturday, November 8 at Husson 
(2) Castleton 1 at (1) Husson 1
Castleton advances in PK (5-3)




Top-seed Husson Advances to host NAC Men's Soccer Championship

Bangor, ME - The Eagles have struggled to find the net all year long but erupted for 10 goals in the NAC Semi-Final match up with Lyndon State College.  Husson cruised to the 10-0 win advancing to the NAC championship game. 

Husson scored two goals in the first 4:11 and never looked back.  Mark Trombley (Jr, Burnham, ME) scored the first goal off an assist by Justin Gauvin (Jr, Woolwich, ME) just 2:03 into the game.  Nathan Carter (Jr, Presque Isle, ME) made a nice pass to Natapong Kongsuriya (Sr, Hampden, ME) who rifled it past Jeff Giroux (Sr, Derby, VT) making it 2-0 4:11 into the game. 

Seven different Eagles scored, Trombley finished with two goals.  Tyler Metevier       (Fy, Kittery, ME) added a pair of goals off the bench and Jeff Truchon (Sr, Greene, ME) had 2 goals and 1 assist.  Josh Bartlett (Sr, Bowdoinham, ME), Alex Martin (Fy, Van Buren, ME) each had a goal and Elliott Megquier (Jr, Bangor, ME) scored off a penalty kick to round out the goal scoring.  Aaron Woodman (So, Dexter, ME) and Justin Marks (Fy Winslow, ME) each had an assist. 

Giroux had 3 saves against 17 shots.  Miguel Dominguez (So, Rome, ME) and Brad Ala (Jr, Caribou, ME) split the game and each recorded a save. 

Husson is now 10-6 and will host the NAC Championship game on Saturday, November 8.  They will play the winner of #2 Castleton State vs #3 U. Maine Farmington.  Lyndon State finishes the season at 10-8. 

Castleton will defend NAC title after 2-1 win over Farmington

Castleton, VT-The second-seeded Castleton State College men's soccer team advanced to its second-consecutive North Atlantic Conference Final with a 2-1 semifinal win over third-seeded University of Maine-Farmington.

Farmington freshman James Tollefson put the Beavers on top 1-0 in the 13th minute of play with his 11th goal of the season, but Castleton scored two unanswered goals to earn the win.

T.J. Mazza scored the equalizer with just over five minutes remaining in the first half off a Gerrit Marino assist. Marino sent a through pass into Mazza, who one touched it over Farmington goalie, Matthew Dennett's head for his first goal of the season.

In the 68th minute of play, Sean Fitzgerald scored the game winner from 30 yards out on a direct kick, propelling Castleton to its fourth NAC Final in six seasons.

Dennett finished with 11 saves as Farmington's season ends at 7-8 overall.

Castleton goalie, Mike Anthony, stopped four shots in the win as the Spartans improve to 11-8. Castleton will travel to top-seed Husson University on November 8 for the championship match. Husson earned a spot in the championship round with a 10-0 win over fourth-seed, Lyndon State


Lyndon, Farmington advance in NAC Men's Soccer Championship

Higher seeds Maine-Farmington and Lyndon State advanced in NAC Men's Soccer Championship play in tight contests this afternoon. Lyndon State's pushed to a two goal advantage before surrendering a Johnson State score with less than three minutes remaining for a 2-1 victory. Ryan Beam scored in the 69th minute as Farmington defeated Thomas 1-0. The Championship continues with semifinal action this weekend. Lyndon State will travel to top seed Husson while second seed Castleton will host Farmington. Date and time are currently tentative.

Maine-Farmington men's soccer advances in NAC tourney

FARMINGTON, Maine -- The University of Maine at Farmington ousted Thomas College from the North Atlantic Conference men's soccer tournament today as the third-seeded Beavers tipped the sixth-seeded Terriers 1-0 in the first round at Prescott Field.

The Beavers (7-7) are scheduled to visit No. 2 Castleton State College (10-8) in semifinal action on Saturday. Game time is unavailable at this time. The Terriers ended their season at 7-12.

Ryan Beam (Portland, ME) scored the lone goal for the Beavers in the 69th minute. Andrew Merriken (Salem, NH) drove a free kick at Thomas netminder Keegan Curtin (Durham, ME) to open the play. Curtin was able to block Merriken's bid, but the ball ricocheted out in front of the goal mouth. Beam knocked the ball into the back of the net at 68:31 for the winning score.

Beam's tally was the difference in a tightly-contested affair as the Beavers and Terriers each fired 15 shots with Farmington holding a 2-1 edge in corner kicks. After the Terriers bolted into the contest with five shots over the opening 11 minutes, the Beavers rebounded, but could not score, with Dylan Moreau (Phippsburg, ME) ringing the post and Curtin swallowing a rebound attempt by Andrew Harner (Naperville, IL) for a scoreless deadlock at intermission.

Matthew Dennett (Augusta, ME) stopped seven shots for the Beavers, including point-blank stops on Jonathan Klippert (Cumberland, ME) and Tim Costa (Pelham, NH) in the opening half. The Beaver defense allowed only one shot on goal in the final 22 minutes to preserve the victory.Curtin made six saves for Thomas.

Lyndon State Hornets defeat Johnson State Badgers, advance to NAC semifinals

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. - A steady rain throughout the opening 30 minutes of play did little to dampen the level of intensity in Tuesday's North Atlantic Conference men's soccer quarterfinal match between arch-rivals Johnson State College and Lyndon State.

In a hard-fought contest, where both squads had several solid scoring opportunities, the Hornets managed to make the best of theirs and walk off with a 2-1 victory over the Badgers.

Lyndon took the lead for good at the 38:15 mark of the first half when Emmett Richmond picked up an errant clearing pass 30 meters from the goal and drilled a shot into the upper right hand corner of the net behind JSC goalkeeper Andy Lane.

The Hornets managed to maintain their one-goal lead into halftime and then took a 2-0 advantage at 63:35 when Darren Roberge took a touch pass from Kyle Hessler, split two Johnson defenders and punched a shot over Lane, who came out to contest the shot.

Late in the game, Lyndon appeared to be in control of the contest, but the Badgers scored a late goal to make the final seconds interesting. After a scramble in the midfield, JSC's Cody Johnston took control of a loose ball about 40 meters from goal and chipped it toward the LSC net.

The shot seem to catch Lyndon goalie Jeff Giroux off-guard, causing him to slip as he retreated to the net. As Giroux fell, the shot landed softly into the net with 2:45 remaining to cut the deficit to one and swing momentum in Johnson's favor.

The Badgers continued to pour on the pressure and were awarded two direct kicks deep in the LSC end of the field. But neither opportunity produced a shot on goal and the Hornets held on long enough to earn the win.

Giroux made three saves to get the win and Lane had three saves as well in taking the loss. LSC outshot Johnson by a margin of 11-8 in the contest.

With the victory, Lyndon (10-7, 4-4) advances to Saturday's NAC semifinals in Bangor, Maine where they will meet top-seeded Husson University. Game time for Saturday's matchup has yet to be determined.

Johnson State ends its season with an overall record of 7-9 and a NAC mark of 3-5.

Husson Earns Top Seed in NAC Men's Soccer Championship

After finishing conference play with a perfect 7-0 mark, Husson has earned the top seed in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Championship. The Eagles (9-6 overall) earned a first round bye and will host a semifinal contest on Saturday, November 1.

Maine-Farmington will enter the championship as the third seed and host a first round contest on Tuesday, October 28. With a 4-3 conference mark (6-7 overall), the Beavers will face Thomas (7-11 overall, 3-4 NAC) who finished tied for fourth but was seeded sixth. Farmington defeated the Terriers 6-4 in a high scoring affair a week ago in Waterville.

The Farmington/Thomas winner will advance to meet Castleton on Saturday, November 1. Castleton (10-8 overall) finished 6-1 in conference play to earn the second seed and a first round bye.

Fourth seed Lyndon State (9-7 overall, 3-4 NAC) will host fifth seed Johnson State (7-8 overall, 3-4 NAC) on Tuesday. The Hornets defeated the Beavers 1-0 in overtime during regular season play. The winner will travel to Husson for the other semifinal contest on November 1.

The top six teams qualify for the NAC Championship. Predetermined tiebreaking procedures were used to seed teams with identical conference winning percentages. First round games will be played on Tuesday, October 28 at the higher seed unless otherwise noted. Winners will advance to the semifinals held at the higher seed on Saturday, November 1. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, November 8 at the highest remaining seed. Game times and dates are subject to change. The NAC Champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.

Championship Bracket

NAC Men's Soccer Championship
First Round - Tuesday, October 28 at higher seeds
(6) Thomas   at (3) Farmington  
(5) Johnson State   at (4) Lyndon State  
Semifinals - Saturday, November 1 at higher seeds
Lyndon State/Johnson State winner   at (1) Husson  
Farmington/Thomas winner   at (2) Castleton  
Championship - Saturday, November 8 at highest remaining seed
Semifinal Winners