May 2, 2009

Super Six: Mt. Ida Upends Castleton for Bid

from press releases

CASTLETON, Vt. - Mount Ida College senior, Leo Shidler, scored nine goals, dished out one assist and earned Tournament Most Valuable Player honors in leading the Mustangs to their sixth-straight North Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Title. The second-seeded Mustangs defeated top-seed Castleton State College 25-9, earning an automatic berth in the upcoming NCAA Division III National Tournament.

Castleton jumped out to a 2-0 lead just two-and-a-half minutes into the contest as Jake Rick and Ryan Bartlett each scored for the Spartans. It appeared Castleton was poised to do what no team has done in six seasons, defeat the Mustangs in a NAC Tournament contest. The momentum was quickly stolen away by Shidler and Mount Ida however, as the senior netted four-straight goals to key a 6-0 Mustang run that spanned into the second period.

Derek Riley briefly stopped the Mustang stampede with 6:15 remaining, scoring unassisted to bring the Spartans to within five at 9-4. Mount Ida responded with the final two goals of the half, and the first seven of the third period to take a commanding 18-4 lead and never looked back. Shidler scored a pair during the run, while Brett Conley added a goal and two assists to aid the surge.

Matthew Savage also contributed a goal during the outbreak, his 53rd of the season, tying the all-time Mount Ida mark for goals in a season. Savage eventually tallied two more to set the mark at 55.

Phil Barry and Bartlett led the Spartan attack with two goals each, while Kevin McCarthy added one goal and one assist. The Spartans fall to 11-6 on the season and will await word of a potential berth in the ECAC New England Tournament.

Following Shidler in the scoring column were Savage (4 goals, 2 assists) and Conley (1 goals, 5 assists) each with six points. Christopher Prophete also had a strong day, scoring three goals and handing out a pair of helpers. Justin Famiglietti stopped 11 shots in the win, including seven in the final period to keep the Spartans at bay. Mount Ida improves to 13-6 overall with the win, and will await pairings to be announced for the upcoming national tournament.

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