Lasell, Mount Ida Wrap Up Top Two Spots In Upcoming GNAC Tournament

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Lasell College clinched the top spot in the upcoming GNAC Tournament on Wednesday with an impressive 19-12 victory over Emmanuel College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Lasell College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The Lasell College and Mount Ida College men’s lacrosse teams sewed-up the top two spots in the upcoming Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament yesterday after registering a win in their respective contest.

The conference’s six-team tournament begins next week with a pair of first round contests on Tuesday (May 2nd) with the winners advancing to the semifinals on Thursday. (May 4th).

Lasell (top seed) and Mount Ida (second seed) will each host a semifinal with the championship contest scheduled for Saturday (May 6th) at the highest remaining seed.

Lasell secured the regular season crown on Wednesday with a 19-12 victory over Emmanuel College. The contest was a re-match of last year’s conference title game, which saw the Saints edge the Lasers, 14-13, in Boston.

Austin Tomasetti highlighted his team’s seven-point victory by recording his 100th career point on his 16th goal of the season. Tomasetti concluded the contest with a team-high four assists.

Alex McCormack-Kuhman and Josh Gallant each netted four goals in their team’s 10th win of the season (seventh league victory).

The Lasers will celebrate ‘Senior Day’ this Saturday, April 29th when they host Anna Maria College with face-off scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Mount Ida stretched its current winning streak to six games yesterday with an 11-8 win over Rivier. Their sixth league win provided the Mustangs with the second seed for the second time in three seasons.

As noted on yesterday’s release, the Mustangs were the second seed in the 2015 GNAC Tournament. That season, they defeated Norwich University in the semifinals, but fell to Emmanuel College in the championship.

Kyle Ton (three goals) and Chad Coehlo (three goals and one assist) combined for seven points, while Cam Hayward deflected 12 of 20 shots between the pipes.

Mount Ida will conclude its regular season slate on Saturday when they entertain Saint Joseph’s (Maine) with face-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Mount Ida Makes History, Wins First GNAC Tournament Contest

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Mount Ida College men’s basketball made history last night, claiming their first GNAC tournament victory, while ending a 16-year playoff drought. (PHOTO CREDIT: Mount Ida College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

A 16-year tournament drought came to a close last night as the Mount Ida College men’s basketball team defeated Saint Joseph’s (Maine) in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) tournament by a score of 91-83.

Mount Ida’s Kevin Conner paced the Mustangs, netting 18 points, while pulling down six rebounds. Jayson Clark added 12 points, along with seven assists, four caroms and four swipes, while Joey DeFillippi contributed 13 points.

With the win, the Mustangs advance to Thursday evening’s semifinal at Albertus Magnus – the Falcons, who entered the conference tournament as the top seed, defeated Anna Maria last night, 92-67. The Falcons defeated the Mustangs twice this season, including a six-point win (86-80) in Newton earlier this month.

Following the win, fans of the men’s basketball team shared their excitement on social media – below are a few tweets that were posted after the final horn sounded!

New England D3Lax Notebook: Endicott, Western New England Highlight Busy Saturday Slate

Will Jennings and the Gulls will host Western New England on Saturday in a CCC Tournament Final rematch. (Photo Credit: Endicott College Athletics)
Will Jennings and the Gulls will host Western New England on Saturday in a CCC Tournament Final rematch. (Photo Credit: Endicott College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Saturday will be a jam-packed day of NCAA Division III lacrosse with some important conference tilts.

One game in particular to keep an eye on is Western New England visiting Endicott men’s lacrosse with face-off set for 3:00 p.m.

The Gulls enter this crucial Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tilt on a two-game winning streak after defeating Gordon (19-5) and Curry (14-8). The Golden Bears have won seven of 10 contests this season, including a trio of conference games.

Last season, the Gulls defeated the Golden Bears in Springfield before edging them in the conference tournament championship, 13-12. Kyle Weber netted the Gulls’ final goal with 2:09 remaining to provide the hosts with a 13-9 advantage.

Western New England trimmed the deficit during the final minute, netting a trio of markers in 29 seconds, but Endicott halted the comeback with a face-off win by Tommy Hughes.

The win marked the Gulls’ first conference crown since the 2011 season.

A win for either team would most likely position them for the top spot in the CCC tournament. Yet, an addition team to keep an eye on down the stretch in the CCC is Roger Williams, which has won three of four league games. The Hawks lone conference setback occurred earlier this week when they fell to the Golden Bears, 11-7.

Roger Williams is also in action tomorrow, facing Trinity in a non-conference clash with face-off scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

Switching gears to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), Emmanuel and Saint Joseph’s (Maine) remain the two women’s lacrosse teams without a single conference blemish. The Saints of Emmanuel have won four straight, including a trio of conference tilts.

Sarah Higgins and the Saints host Norwich on Saturday in an important GNAC clash. (Photo Credit: Emmanuel College Athletics)
Sarah Higgins and the Saints host Norwich on Saturday in an important GNAC clash. (Photo Credit: Emmanuel College Athletics)

In their most recent win against Lasell, Sarah Higgins registered eight points on seven goals and one helper. The senior midfielder from Groveland, Massachusetts has had an extremely impressive season, tallying eight points in a pair of games, along with a season-high nine points (four goals, five assists) in a 19-0 victory against University of Saint Joseph (Conn.).

Higgins currently leads the Blue and Gold in points (41), goals (26) and assists (15). In addition to her offensive output, she is also first on the team in draw controls (46), ground balls (35) and caused turnovers (51).

Saint Joseph’s Elyse Caiazzo leads the conference with 38 goals. She has helped the Monks capture back-to-back contests against Maine Maritime Academy and Albertus Magnus where she combined for eight goals one helper.

As a unit, the Monks rank first in the conference in goals (138) and goals per game (13.80). Johnson & Wales is second in goals (125) and goals per game (12.50), while Lasell is third with 117 goals and 11.70 goals per contest.

Emmanuel and Saint Joseph’s will meet in Maine on Tuesday, April 19 with opening draw set for 8:00 p.m. That contest could determine the regular season champion.

Mass. College Lax: GNAC Quarterfinal Recap

Laser's Pat Egan and the Lasers scored a 21-8 GNAC quarterfinal victory this afternoon against Rivier. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)
Laser’s Pat Egan and the Lasers scored a 21-8 GNAC quarterfinal victory this afternoon against Rivier. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The road to the 2015 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship started this afternoon with a pair of Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) quarterfinal matches.

Casey Sullivan recorded eight points with five goals and three helpers, while Pat Egan and Dylan Fernandes each netted a trio of goals as Lasell rolled over Rivier, 21-8, in Newton this afternoon. Laser will look to extend their season on Thursday when they travel to Emmanuel College to face the defending conference champions in the semifinal at 7:00 p.m.

The Lasers jumped out to a 5-2 lead before their advantage extended to 11-5 at the break. Once the third quarter commenced, Lasell added seven goals, which helped them seal the win. Aaron LaPorte and Sullivan scored back-to-back goals before Rivier answered with an unassisted tally by Joe Kelland.

Sullivan initiated a 4-0 run following the Raiders’ tally, helping the hosts extend their advantage for good. Lasell’s David Walen turned away 13 of 21 shots, while Clark Plummer registered 16 stops.

Seth Fuller‘s goal with two seconds remaining – an unassisted goal – lifted the Norwich Cadets past Johnson & Wales to a 7-6 victory in Providence. The Cadets will now face Mount Ida College on Thursday afternoon in the other conference semifinal, which is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start.

Norwich outscored Johnson & Wales during the final session, 4-1, overcoming a 5-3 advantage after three quarters. Fuller opened the session with an unassisted marker at 12:10 before Josh Jenkins and Ian Kennedy scored back-to-back goals, evening the score, which provided Norwich with a 6-5 advantage.

The Wildcats answered with an unassisted tally by Eric Russo with 2:30 remaining, evening the score at 6-6. Johnson & Wales would not score again as the Cadets converted the game-winner off a failed clear.

Mass. College Lax Notebook: No. 3 Tufts Rolls Past No. 8 Endicott

Tufts' Cole Bailey recorded nine points this evening, netting five goals and dishing out four assists. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)
Tufts’ Cole Bailey recorded nine points this evening, netting five goals and dishing out four assists. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Third-ranked Tufts University scored an impressive win this evening, downing the eighth-ranked Endicott Colllege, 22-6, in Beverly.

Tufts’ Cole Bailey paced all scorers, including the Powder Blue and White with nine points on five goals and four assists. John Uppgren contributed four goals and four helpers.

Will Jennings led the Gulls with four goals, Kyle Weber netted one marker and Colin Bannon registered one goal and one assist in the setback.

Eight consecutive goals in the opening frame helped the Jumbos secure the lead for good. Uppgren commenced the 8-0 run by locating Zach Richman, who buried the feed past Endicott’s Cameron Bell. Jennings netted a pair in the second for Endicott, including a man-up goal, but the Jumbos countered, netting three consecutive tallies to secure a 13-4 cushion at the break.

Bell turned away 10 of 29 shots and Tufts’ Alex Salazar deflected 16 of 21 attempts. The Jumbos won the battle of the ground balls, scooping 54 grounders, while converting 22 of 25 clear attempts. Conor Helfrich and Ryan Le combined for 21 face-off victories.

Western New England halted Roger Williams’ eight-game winning streak by defeating the Hawks in Springfield, 11-4. Jon Bota led the Golden Bears with a hat trick, Justin Bard and Patrick Dillon netted a pair, and Brandon Body turned away 13 shots between the pipes.

Tim Kelly sliced the four-goal deficit for the visiting Hawks in the second quarter before teammate Jon Gomer brought Roger Williams within one goal at 8:53 in the third quarter. Western New England – leading 4-3 – stretched its advantage with a four-goal run, spanning the third and fourth quarters to push ahead for good.

Trailing 5-2 at the break, the Mount Ida Mustangs rallied with seven third quarter goals to secure an important Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) victory over visiting Lasell College. Mount Ida’s Jon Berry paced the Mustangs with five points on four goals and one assist, while Lucas Stralka dished out a trio of assists. Casey Sullivan led the Lasers with a hat trick and three helpers.

With the victory, the Mustangs find themselves a spot behind first-place Emmanuel College. The Saints, who are 7-0 in conference play, defeated St. Joseph’s College (Maine) in Boston this afternoon by a score of 12-4. Tony Cibelli led the Saints with four goals and one assist.

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Mass. College Lax: Emmanuel Defeats Becker, Wins Its First-Ever GNAC Crown (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

BOSTON, Mass. – The Emmanuel College men’s lacrosse team won its first-ever GNAC crown this afternoon as the Saints defeated Becker College, 9-3.

With the win, the Saints advance to the NCAA Division 3 Tournament. The pairings for the upcoming tournament will be announced next Sunday, May 4.

Emmanuel’s Ryan Sabuda led the Saints with four points on four assists, while Tony Cibelli, Kaile Maclean-Daley and Chris Curtis each netted a pair.

David Deschenes paced Becker with three points on two helpers and one tally, and Daniel Johnson chipped in two strikes.

Becker’s Jeffrey Candee finished with seven stops, while Emmanuel’s Austin Lauzier turned away 10 of 13 shots.

Both teams swapped goals during the opening session, but Johnson provided the Hawks with its second and final lead after burying a shot on the far side of the Saints zone at 11:18.

Emmanuel would never trail again as Michael Rogers sparked an 8-0 run spanning the second, third and fourth quarters that provided the Saints with the lead for good.

The Saints, which won its initial GNAC regular season crown a week ago with an 8-7 win over Lasell College, will enjoy a few days off before they return to action in the second week of May.

Below is a highlight package from today’s championship contest, which was produced by Noontime Sports’ Matt Noonan.