Mount Ida vs. Castleton State
April 14, 2006
|The Game Story:|
|NEWTON, Mass. (April 14, 2006) - Led by freshman Brett Conley|
(Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield) and junior goaltender Kyle Bowler
(Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury), the Mount Ida College men's
lacrosse team battled to a key 10-5 victory over North Atlantic
Conference foe Castleton State College this afternoon at the Mount
Ida Athletic Stadium. With the win, the Mustangs now stand alone
atop the league standings with a perfect 5-0 mark. They also set a
new program record for wins in a season with ten, surpassing the
previous high of nine set last year. The Spartans, who had won
six-straight heading into today's contest, suffered their first
Conference defeat of the season.
Conley sparked the Mount Ida offense with five goals and
an assist, while Bowler made 15 saves on the defensive end to help
the Mustangs to their 17th consecutive NAC triumph. Freshman Leo
Shidler (Peabody, Mass./Peabody) recorded one helper to go with a
hat trick, and sophomore Johnathan Lightbown (Melrose, Mass./Malden
Catholic) tallied one goal and a team-best two assists.
Castleton received solid production from junior Adam
Rosati (Guilford, Vt./Guilford), who netted three of the team's five
goals. Freshman Matt Varney (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) scored once and
assisted on another, and junior Matt VanDerKer (Manchester, Vt./Burr
and Burton Academy) registered one marker to round out the Spartans
Rosati gave the guests a 1-0 edge with just under ten
minutes remaining in the first frame, but Mount Ida rattled off the
next six goals, including four-straight by Conley, to take a 6-1
advantage into the break.
Following a Varney marker to open the second half, Mount
Ida tallied three-straight to open up a 9-2 lead and put the game
out of reach. The Spartans scored three of the game's final four
tallies to close the gap to 10-5, but it was not enough, as Mount
Ida held on for its tenth victory in 12 chances.
Junior Avram Feld (Bridport, Vt./Middlebury Union) took
the loss in net for Castleton despite stopping nine shots.
Mount Ida (10-3, 5-0 NAC) returns to action on
Wednesday, when it visits Emerson College for a NAC clash beginning
at 3:30 p.m. Castleton will also take the field again on Wednesday,
as it travels to Daniel Webster College for a league game starting
at 3:30 p.m.