Mount Ida vs. Maine Maritime
April 29, 2009
The Game Story:
Senior captain Brett Conley (Fairfield, CT/Fairfield Warde) notched five goals and one assist to lead the Mount Ida College men's lacrosse team past visiting Maine Maritime Academy 13-5 in the semifinal round of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) tournament this Wednesday in Newton, Massachusetts. The Mustangs advance to their sixth consecutive NAC championship against the winner of Castleton State College and Johnson State College. The Mustangs improve to 12-6 overall, 10-1 in the NAC while the Mariners end their very successful 2009 season at 9-3, 7-3 in conference competition.

The Mustangs came out flat and the Mariners capitalized on it in the first three minutes of the contest taking a 1-0 lead on a Garrett Lake (Farmington, ME/Mt. Blue) goal from sophomore Christopher Keiley (Holliston, MA/Holliston). Mount Ida answered a minute later on Conley's first score of the game off a feed from sophomore Matthew Savage (Peabody, MA/Peabody) knotting it at 1-1.

The Mariners would not go away re-gaining the advantage on a Keiley score off a dish from senior Phillip McNerney (Eliot, ME/Marshwood) leading 2-1 at the 10:37 mark in the first quarter. The visitors added another, up by two scores midway through the first, on a Richard McKee (Plymouth, MA/Plymouth South) goal from Nick Lund (Alfred, ME/Massabesic) ahead 3-1, their largest lead of the game.

Mount Ida was determined to erase the two goal deficit and jumped on the back of senior Christopher Prophete (Waltham, MA/Waltham) who fired in two consecutive goals to tie the score at 3-3 towards the end of the first quarter. The Mustangs retook the lead on an unassisted goal by senior Leo Shidler (Peabody, MA/Peabody) who forced a turnover during a Maritime transition and snuck a shot underneath the goaltender for the 4-3 lead at the end of one quarter.

Conley took over for Prophete carrying the team scoring four consecutive goals to blow open the game a bit. He scored every goal in the second quarter to give the Mustangs a 8-3 advantage on two assists from sophomore Paul Battapaglia (Clinton, CT/Morgan), and one a piece from Savage and freshman Billy Gerke (Essex, VT/Rice Memorial).

After a 7-0 run by the Mustangs, the visitors finally answered in the beginning of the third quarter on a freshman Brian Corain (Berwick, ME/St. Thomas Aquinas) unassisted score down 8-4. Mount Ida responded with a goal by Battapaglia from sophomore Dan Harrington (Westford, MA/Westford Academy) to lead 9-4 with 11 minutes to go in the third quarter. Another Corain goal for the Mariners at the end of the third made it 9-5 Mustangs heading into the fourth.

That was about it for the visitor's small comeback while the Mustangs reeled off four final goals of the contest all in the fourth frame. Savage tallied two scores out of the four while Battipaglia and Prophete each added one a piece capturing the 13-5 victory.

Mount Ida face-off specialist, senior Craig Heintzelman (Windham, NH/Salem) dominated the middle circle winning 16 of 22 from the Mariners. Along with a huge day from Conley, Prophete also played a very import role during this game notching three scores. Savage, who is one goal shy of tying the Mount Ida record for goals in a season (53) at 52, will have a chance to overtake the record this coming Saturday against the winner of Castleton State/Johnson State in the NAC championship.

Mount Ida backstop, freshman Justin Famiglietti (Peabody, MA/Peabody), was outstanding for the Mustangs denying 11 shots and gaining the victory. Mariners' goaltender, freshman Daniel Redmond (Westbrook, ME/Westbrook), was incredible saving 22 shots on the day.

The Mustangs will head to the winner of Castleton State v. Johnson State this Saturday. If Castleton wins the Mustangs will head to Castleton, Vermont, if Johnson State wins the Mustangs will host the championship. Times are TBA.