Mount Ida vs. Umass-dartmouth
April 1, 2009
The Game Story:
The Mount Ida College men's lacrosse team dropped their second consecutive loss to visiting non-conference UMASS-Dartmouth, 9-7, Wednesday afternoon in Newton, Massachusetts. The Mustangs fall to 3-6 overall, 2-1 in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) while the Corsairs improve to 3-5, 0-1 in the Little East Conference (LEC).

The opening quarter was very close with the visitors striking first on a senior Matt Leary (Framingham, MA/Framingham) goal from junior Andrew Foster (Newbury, MA/Danvers); Leary's first of four during the contest making it 1-0.

Mount Ida answered on a Matt Savage (Peabody, MA/Peabody) score from fellow sophomore Paul Battipaglia (Clinton, CT/Morgan) knotting it at 1-1 early in the first quarter.

UMASS-Dartmouth struck right back on a Josh Aresenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic) tally making it 2-1 visitors. The Mustangs stuck with the Corsairs following with a Leo Shidler (Peabody, MA/Peabody) goal from senior Brett Conley (Fairfield, CT/Fairfield Warde) tying it again at 2-2 at the end of the first.

The Mustangs were non-existent in the second set while the visitors thrived with three consecutive goals taking the outright 5-2 advantage. Two goals from Foster, including his second on a man-up possession, and another from Leary helped the Corsairs dominate the field in the second quarter with Mount Ida coming up short heading into the locker room.

The third quarter started with the Corsairs netting their fourth consecutive score, coming off Leary's third of the day, making it 6-2 early in the third quarter. Finally the Mustangs answered with a goal from Conley, his first of the game, off a dish from Shidler making it 6-3 visitors.

The Corsairs didn't let up; scoring the next three on Leary's fourth of the game and two from Aresenault making it 9-3 visitors with a under 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Mount Ida finally woke up and mounted a mini comeback led by senior captains Conley and Shidler. Savage started up the attack with his second of the game from sophomore Nate Prince (West Gardiner, ME/Gardiner Area) making it 9-4. Not two minutes later, Zach Jacobson (Shoreview, MN/Moundsview) answered on a man-up possession off a feed from Conley trailing 9-5.

The Mustangs tallied two more scores, both from Shidler fed by Conley, making it 9-7 with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The Corsairs eventually rode out the clock playing keep away capturing the 9-7 victory over the Mustangs.

Mount Ida had a very difficult time holding on to the ball turning it over 40 times while the Corsairs only surrendered 28. The Mustangs led the ground ball game 36-23. Mount Ida held 18-33 clears while the visitors went 18-25 on the day.

Freshman goaltender Justin Famiglietti (Peabody, MA/Peabody) was outstanding for the Mustangs blocking 19 shots while senior Kevin Pelsinski (Merrimack, NH/Merrimack) denied eight shots for the Corsairs.

Mount Ida will travel to Lyndon State College this Saturday for another North Atlantic Conference (NAC) match-up starting at 1:00 p.m.