Mount Ida Falls to Castleton in NAC Championship Game

Saturday, May 8, 2010 - (Newton Center, Massachusetts) - For the first time in seven years, the Mount Ida College men's lacrosse program fell in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) championship game against visiting NAC rival Castleton State College 11-5 this Saturday 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 loss and only their second loss ever in NAC play since joining the conference in 2004. Castleton State senior Jake Rick (Rochester, MY/West Irondequoit) was awarded the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

The Mustangs end their 2010 season with an overall record of 12-7 while 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.

The Spartans 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 (St. Albans, VT/Bellows Free Academy). Sophomore Samuel Bailey (Hartford, VT/Western New England College) added the third on a feed from junior Craig MacDerment (Clifton Park, NY/Shenendehowa) 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 (Waltham, MA/Waltham) 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 (Clinton, CT/Morgan) off a dish from freshman Nick Yacuzzi (Oakham, MA/St. John's) cutting the lead to 3-2 with Mount Ida at the door step of a comeback.

Castleton State 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 (Barrington, IL/Barrington) 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. They added their third goal of the contest on an unassisted goal from senior Brandon Keith (Barnstable, MA/Barnstable) 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 (Peabody, MA/Peabody) 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 (Peabody, MA/Peabody) 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 (Oakland, NJ/Ramapo College), 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 State 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 (Smithfield, RI/LaSalle Academy) denied 10 Spartan shots while Castleton State sophomore goaltender David DeGhetto (Clinton, NJ/St. Joseph Regional) made 11 saves.


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