Mount Ida vs. Salve Regina
March 29, 2007
The Game Story:
NEWTON, Mass. (March 29, 2007) – Junior attackman Andrew Cloonan (Franklin Mass./Franklin/Dean CC) piled up six points on four goals and a pair of assists to propel the Mount Ida College men’s lacrosse team to a 13-9 victory over non-conference foe Salve Regina University this afternoon at the Mount Ida Athletic Stadium. With the game knotted at 8-8 midway through the third quarter, the Mustangs netted five straight goals to seal things.

Mount Ida received solid production from sophomore attacker Brett Conley (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield), who recorded four markers. Junior midfielders John Lightbown (Melrose, Mass./Malden Catholic) and Alex Champagne (East Greenwich, R.I./Ohio Wesleyan) found the net two times apiece, while sophomore midfielder Anthony DiMarsico (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) chipped in with three helpers for the Mustangs.

Salve was paced by junior midfielder Robert Hoffman (Spring Lake Heights, N.J./Saint Rose), who collected five points on three goals and a pair of assists. Six other Seahawks notched one goal each for the guests.

After playing to a 3-3 deadlock after one period of play, Salve gained momentum by outscoring the Mustangs 4-3 in the second frame. The Seahawks enjoyed a 7-6 edge at the intermission.

Goals by Champagne and Conley gave Mount Ida an 8-7 advantage in the early stages of the second half. Salve responded to knot things up at 8-8 on a Hoffman goal at the 8:08 mark of the third quarter.

From there, it was all Mustangs, as the hosts exploded for the next five goals to open up a 13-8 cushion. Cloonan scored three of his four goals during that stretch, which lasted 7:53.

Mount Ida outshot the Seahawks 38-34 and won 14 of the game’s 26 face-offs. The Mustangs cashed in on 3-of-9 man-up opportunities, while holding Salve scoreless in four power play opportunities. They owned a 45-35 edge on ground balls.

Senior goalkeeper Kyle Bowler (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) stopped nine shots for the hosts, while sophomore Brian Walker (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) made 11 saves between the pipes for the Seahawks.

Mount Ida (3-3, 0-0 NAC) will kick off the North Atlantic Conference portion of its schedule on Sunday, when it visits Thomas College. The contest will be played at Colby College beginning at 1:00 p.m. Salve Regina (1-5, 0-1 CCC) returns to action on Saturday, when it hosts the Wentworth Institute of Technology in its home opener at noon.