Mount Ida vs. Western Connecticut
March 26, 2011
The Game Story:
Saturday, March 26, 2011 (Newton, Massachusetts) – In the final minute of regulation, Western Connecticut State University junior Sean Macey (New Fairfield, CT/New Fairfield) fired in the go-ahead and eventual game winning goal handing Mount Ida College men's lacrosse their third consecutive non-conference loss of the season falling 7-6 Saturday afternoon in the 2011 home opener for the Mustangs.

Mount Ida, who held the lead for most of the contest, falls to an overall record of 1-6 heading into their first Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) next week against hosting Emerson College with game time slated for 6:00 p.m. The Colonials improve to 5-3 snatching their third win in a row and will start conference play in the Little East against Plymouth State University a week from today.

Macey, who tallied three scores in the contest, go the ball rolling for the visitors notching an unassisted goal in the opening two minutes of the game for the 1-0 lead.

The Mustangs followed suit four minutes after scoring two goals, from junior transfer Cody Collard (North Haven, CT/North Haven) and senior Matt Savage (Peabody, MA/Peabody) ,to take the 2-1 advantage with just under eight minutes remaining in the first quarter with sophomore Nick Yacuzzi (Worcester, MA/St. John's-Shrewsbury) assisting both scores.

The Colonials would even the game up 2:49 into the second quarter on an unassisted score from visiting junior Mike Schoen (Tolland, CT/Tolland) knotting the scoreboard at 2-2.

A minute and a half later, Western Connecticut junior Ryan Gillis (Norwich, CT/Norwich Free Academy) would be booked for a two minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, locking in a two minute major for the Mustangs.

Mount Ida capitalized huge scoring three unanswered man-up goals in a span of two minutes starting with a score from junior Ian Saunders (Glens Falls, NY/Glens Falls) dished from Savage making it 3-2 Mount Ida. Junior Paul Battapaglia (Clinton, CT/Morgan) converted next on an unassisted score giving the Mustangs a two goal advantage (4-2). Yacuzzi notched the third snipering the top corner on another Savage assist for the 5-2 lead with fewer than 10 minutes to go before the halftime break.

The visitors converted two goals before the midway point starting with Gillis's first tally of the contest on an assist from Schoen making it 5-3 in favor of the hosts. West Conn sophomore Phil Seperack (Monroe, CT/Masuk) got in on the scoring tallying his only goal of the contest from sophomore John Miller (Seattle, WA/South Kent (CT)) cutting the Mount Ida lead down to one (5-4) heading into halftime.

The Colonials owned the third quarter scoring the only two goals of the frame starting with an unassisted tally from Schoen for his second score of the day tying the game for the first time since the beginning of the second quarter (5-5).

West Conn followed by taking their first lead since the game's first goal on Macey's second score of the contest from junior Raul Bourgeois (New Milford, CT/Trinity-Pawling) up 6-5 with over 10 minutes to go in the third quarter.

Mount Ida tied the game back up with 12 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter on Savage's second goal of the game from sophomore Nick Maurias (Peabody, MA/Peabody) deadlocked at 6-6.

The Mustangs had a chance with under two minutes to go when the game was locked at 6-6 to take the lead on the final possession but a huge turnover behind the net gave West Conn the ball and would ultimately end the game on Macey's third goal with 52 seconds to go. The Colonials would run out the clock and take home a nail biting 7-6 non-conference victory.

The visitors led the game in most of the major statistical categories picking up 20 more groundballs than the hosts (53-33) and outshooting the Mustangs 49-27. The visitors also led in face-offs going 10-15 for the day with Colonial face-off specialist Eric Small (Glastonbury, CT/Glastonbury) going 9-14 in the circle.

Mount Ida netminder Jimmy McAllister (Smithfield, RI/LaSalle Academy) was unconscious making some unbelievable saves from point blank range notching an impressive and career high 25 saves for the day keeping the Mustangs in the contest the whole way through. West Conn goaltender junior Tyler Martone (Cheshire, CT/Cheshire) was also impressive for the Colonials denying nine Mount Ida shots.