Mount Ida Finishes off Unbeaten Conference Slate

JOHNSON, Vt. (April 22, 2006) The Mount Ida College men's lacrosse team upended Johnson State College 23-4 this afternoon in North Atlantic Conference action in Johnson, Vt. With the win, the Mustangs finished their NAC slate with a perfect 7-0 mark. They secured the league's regular season title and the first seed in the postseason tournament.

Mount Ida, last season's NAC regular season and tournament champions, will head into this year's tournament riding a 19-game winning streak in Conference games. The top seeded Mustangs will host fourth seeded Daniel Webster College on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in one semifinal matchup. When the two squads met earlier this season, Mount Ida cruised to an 11-3 win. Second seeded Castleton State College will entertain third seeded Maine Maritime Academy in the other semifinal clash. The Spartans earned home field by way of a 14-6 win over the Mariners today.

Ten Mustangs contributed goals in the lopsided victory. After opening up a 12-4 halftime lead, Mount Ida scored the game's final 11 goals to seal things. The guests out-shot Johnson State 58-18 and won 24 of the game's 29 face-offs.

Senior Matt Ramieor (Arlington, Mass./Arlington) poured in seven points on four goals and three helpers to lead the way. Sophomore Johnathan Lightbown (Melrose, Mass./Malden Cathlolic) was next with four markers and an assist, while freshmen Leo Shidler (Peabody, Mass./Peabody) and Brett Conley (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield) contributed a hat trick and two assists apiece.

The Badgers received solid production from freshman Seth Vaczy (Middlebury, Vt./Middlebury), who recorded a pair of goals. Sophomore Darin Harvey (Jericho, Vt./Mount Mansfield) and freshman Steve Noyes (Barre, Vt./Spaulding) accounted for Johnson State's other two tallies.

Junior Kyle Bowler (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) made five saves en route to the victory in net for Mount Ida. Sophomore Evan Pastone (Scituate, Mass./New Hampton) took the loss for the Badgers despite stopping 11 shots.


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