Mount Ida vs. Thomas
April 28, 2007
The Game Story:
NEWTON, Mass. (April 28, 2007) – For the fourth year in a row, the Mount Ida College men’s lacrosse team has advanced to the North Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship. The top-seeded Mustangs moved on to the title game by way of a convincing 19-3 victory over fourth-seeded Thomas College this afternoon at the Mount Ida Athletic Stadium. With its NAC Semifinal triumph today, Mount Ida (12-3, 7-0 NAC) extended its win streak to 11-straight. The Mustangs own a perfect 28-0 mark versus league foes in their history.

On the other side of the bracket, second-seeded Castleton State College cruised to a 15-9 victory over third-seeded Daniel Webster College. As a result, the Spartans will move on to face Mount Ida next Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Newton, Mass. It will be the fourth-consecutive meeting between the two schools in the league Championship. The Mustangs have downed Castleton in each of the first three title game clashes. Last spring, they won by a score of 16-3.

Next Saturday’s winner will advance to the 28th Annual NCAA Division III Championship. This is the first season that the NAC will receive an automatic bid to the national tournament.

Junior midfielders John Lightbown (Melrose, Mass./Malden Catholic) and Alex Champagne (East Greenwich, R.I./Rocky Hill/Ohio Wesleyan), along with sophomore attackman Leo Shidler (Peabody, Mass./Peabody) recorded three goals and one assist apiece to pace Mount Ida. The Mustangs also received solid production from sophomore attackers Brett Conley (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield) and Chris Prophete (Waltham, Mass./Waltham), along with senior midfielder Vince Pizzimenti (Gloucester, Mass./Gloucester), who all finished with two goals and a pair of assists.

With his hat trick today, Lightbown became the first player in Mount Ida program history to surpass 100 goals for his career. The 2005 NAC Rookie of the Year has found the net 101 times in his career, including 25 this spring.

Lightbown notched a natural hat trick in the opening period to help the Mustangs to an early 5-1 edge after one quarter of play. The hosts added six more markers in the second stanza to open up an 11-1 halftime cushion. In the second half, they continued to dominate, outscoring the Terriers 4-0 in the third quarter and 4-2 in the fourth.

Junior attackman Gunner Siverly (Bucksport, Maine/Bucksport), freshman midfielder Mike Hubbard (Waterville, Maine/Messalonskee) and freshman attacker Dustin Green (Danville, Vt./Danville) scored goals for Thomas. The Terriers, who were participating in the postseason for the first time in school history, rounded out their 2007 campaign with an overall record of 4-6. They posted a 3-4 mark in league play.

Mount Ida outshot the visitors 62-20 and owned a 68-31 advantage in the ground ball category. The Mustangs won 18 of the game’s 26 face-offs. They capitalized on two of their five man-up opportunities while limiting Thomas to just one goal in five power play chances.

Freshman goalkeeper Matt Vernik (Bethany, Conn./Amity Regional) earned his fifth victory between the pipes for Mount Ida. He made one save in 30 minutes played. His counterpart, junior M.J. Cain (Benton, Maine/Lawrence) turned away 24 shots in a losing effort for the Terriers.