Thomas Wins NAC Men’s Soccer Title

Waterville , ME - - The number two seeded Thomas College Terriers defeated the number four seeded Lyndon College Hornets 3-1 in the North Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Championship. This is the first time that Thomas has won the Men’s Soccer Title since joining the NAC in 2002. Tournament MVP Michael Hand (United Kingdom) scored two goals in the victory.

The Hornets struck early in the game scoring in the first 46 seconds of the game when Kyle Mecham (Wilbraham, MA) put in a header off of a Emmitt Simpson (Barton, VT) free kick.

The Terriers were able to tie the game in the 23rd minute when Hand scored his first goal of the game off of a Kennen Hoedemaker (New Zealand) assist.

At the half the scoreboard read 1-1.

Hand scored his second goal and the eventual game winner in the 49th minute off of a Harley Colman (England) assist. Giving the Terriers the 2-1 lead.

The Hornets went down a man when a red card was issued in the 70th minute. Dylan Keller (Freedom, ME) scored off Hodemaker’s second assist in the 71st minute.

Both keepers played a brilliant game on their way to making the all tournament team; Lyndon’s Jason Gray (East Thetford, VT) made nine saves and Thomas keeper Mikkail Crockwell (Bermuda) made six saves in the victory.

Thomas will wait for the section show on Monday November 8th to see who their opponent will be in the NCAA tournament.

All-Tournament Team

Andy LaCroix (Castleton)
Anthony Buehler (Castleton)
Michael Kelly (UMF)
Patrick Martin (UMF)
Jason Gray (Lyndon)
Kyle Mecham (Lyndon)
Patrice Lumumda (Lyndon)
Paul Rechichi (Thomas)
Casey Castle (Thomas)
Mikkail Crockwell (Thomas)
Michael Hand – Tournament MVP (Thomas)


November 4, 2010

Thomas, Lyndon to Play for NAC Men's Soccer Title

Thomas College will host Lyndon College for the NAC Men's Soccer title on Saturday in Waterville, Maine.

Thomas, who entered the tournament as the second seed, defeated Farmington 3-1 in semifinal action. NAC Rookie of the Year Casey Castle led the way for the Terriers netting two goals while fellow freshman Mikkail Crockwell played a stellar game in the goal making six saves.

Lyndon's Patrice Lumumba scored two goals, including the game-winner to lead fourth-seeded Hornets to a 3-1 win over top-seed Castleton semifinal action at Spartan Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Thomas won 2-1 in overtime when the two teams faced each other during regular season play in mid-October. The NAC Champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.

NAC Men's Soccer Championship
First Round - Tuesday, October 26 at higher seeds
(6) Johnson State
0
at (3) Farmington
4
(5) Maine Maritime
1
at (4) Lyndon
4
         
Semifinals - Saturday, October 30 at higher seeds
(4) Lyndon 3
at (1) Castleton 1
(3) Farmington 1
at (2) Thomas
3
         
Championship - Saturday, November 6 at Thomas
(4) Lyndon
at
(2) Thomas

 



October 26, 2010

Farmington, Lyndon Advance to NAC Semifinals

The University of Maine at Farmington and Lyndon College won their first round men's soccer tournament contests today.

Michael Kelly (Norton, Mass.) collected two goals and an assist as third-seeded Farmington advanced to the NAC men's soccer semifinals with a 4-0 win over No. 6 Johnson State College at Prescott Field today. The Beavers (8-5-4) are scheduled to take on No. 2 Thomas College (9-5-2) in Waterville on Saturday.

Lyndon reeled off four unanswered goals in the opening half of play to coast to a 4-1 victory over Maine Maritime Academy in first round action. Lyndon will now advance to the NAC Semifinals where it will face top-seeded Castleton State.

 

NAC Men's Soccer Championship
First Round - Tuesday, October 26 at higher seeds
(6) Johnson State
0
at (3) Farmington
4
(5) Maine Maritime
1 at (4) Lyndon
4
         
Semifinals - Saturday, October 30 at higher seeds
(4) Lyndon   at (1) Castleton  
(3) Farmington   at (2) Thomas
 
         
Championship - Saturday, November 6 at highest remaining seed
Semifinal Winners

October 23, 2010

NAC Men's Soccer Championship Seeds Announced

After finishing conference play undefeated, Castleton has earned the top seed in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Championship. The Spartans (12-5 overall), who have played in the past three NAC tournament finals, earned a first round bye and will host a semifinal contest on Saturday, October 30.

The University of Maine at Farmington will enter the championship as the third seed and host a first round contest on Tuesday, October 26. With a 4-2-1 conference mark (7-5-4 overall), the Beavers will face Johnson State (3-8-3 overall, 2-4-1 NAC) who finished tied for fifth. Johnson State received the sixth seed due to predetermined tie-breakers. Farmington defeated the Badgers 2-1 when the two teams met in Maine.

The Farmington/Johnson State winner will advance to meet Thomas on Saturday, October 30. Thomas (9-5-2 overall) finished 5-2 in conference play to earn the second seed and a first round bye.

Fourth seed Lyndon (10-3-3 overall, 4-2-1 NAC) will host fifth seed Maine Maritime (6-7-2 overall, 2-4-1 NAC) on Tuesday. The Hornets, who finished tied for third but received the fourth seed due to predetermined tie-breakers, defeated the Mariners 1-0 when the teams played in September. The winner will travel to Castleton for the other semifinal contest on October 30.

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 26 at the higher seed unless otherwise noted. Winners will advance to the semifinals held at the higher seed on Saturday, October 30. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, November 6 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 26 at higher seeds
(6) Johnson State
  at (3) Farmington
 
(5) Maine Maritime
  at (4) Lyndon
 
         
Semifinals - Saturday, October 30 at higher seeds
Lyndon/Maine Maritime winner   at (1) Castleton  
Farmington/Johnson State winner   at (2) Thomas
 
         
Championship - Saturday, November 6 at highest remaining seed
Semifinal Winners