Lasell College Makes History, Wins First-Ever GNAC Crown With 13-12 Win Over Mount Ida

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The Lasell College men’s lacrosse team captured its first-ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crown on Saturday with a 13-12 win over Mount Ida College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

NEWTON, Mass. – For the first-time in program history, the Lasell College men’s lacrosse team captured the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s lacrosse championship with a 13-12 victory over Mount Ida College on Saturday afternoon at Grellier Field.

The Lasers (13-3), who entered this year’s tournament as the top team in the GNAC, secured its first-ever crown with a pair of impressive postseason victories, including a come-from-behind win earlier this week against Norwich University, which propelled the Blue and White into this afternoon’s title round.

“Our focus (all season) was to get here, but we (took it) one-step at a time and we didn’t focus on this moment, but instead the process to get here and it paid off,” said Lasell men’s lacrosse coach Bill Mason, who is in his second season with the Lasers.

“We just kept telling the guys to keep things small and stick to the level of our training, and I am so proud of them (that) they were able to do it.”

Lasell, which will be making its first-ever appearance in the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament next week, received a big boost from senior Michael Susi, who concluded the contest with four goals, including a pair in the final frame.

“(Mike) has worked so hard all year and he’s got iced-cold veins to take some of those shots (that he did),” said Mason.

Susi’s third goal, an early fourth quarter strike, jumpstarted a three-goal run for the Lasers, which helped the hosts secure the lead for good  – the team’s third goal provided Lasell with a 12-9 advantage.

Mount Ida (14-5) trimmed the deficit not once, but twice, and came close to netting the equalizer in the final minute. However, Lasell’s defense, along with senior goaltender Jorge Salazar, closed the door on a possible Mustangs comeback, which could have sent the contest to overtime.

In addition to Susi, Lasell received multiple offensive contributions from senior Josh Gallant (two goals and two assists), junior Austin Tomasetti (two goals and two assists) and sophomore Ryan Madden (three goals), who was tabbed the conference tournament’s most valuable player.

“We got this win as a team and we could not be more happy about it,” said Madden. “To win this, all that work from last year and that work from this year, and we were able to take the ‘ship this year.”

Both teams swapped goals through the opening minutes of the initial session before Mount Ida secured a 5-2 lead after the first 15 minutes. The teams would enter the break tied at 7-7 before concluding the third quarter tied at 9-9.

Lasell will enter the upcoming NCAA Tournament riding a five-game winning streak, which dates back to a 13-4 win over Saint Joseph’s (Maine) last month.

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