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.
“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.
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.
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’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!
Ah, the second to last regular season weekend is upon us – yes, this is the final weekend of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play, for your information – however, it is an important weekend for many teams fighting for spots in their upcoming conference’s tournament.
So, to kickstart your weekend, here are 10 predictions – short and quick, by the way. Let me know if you agree or disagree by sending me a tweet or posting a comment on our Noontime Sports page on Facebook.
Williams at Tufts (MBB | Fri., Feb. 10): It’s the final home game for the Jumbos and their seniors, but I don’t think their last regular season contest will end with a win. Williams seems to have picked-up some serious momentum – they have scored some important wins recently over Middlebury and Wesleyan – and will most likely pick-up another big win over the Powder Blue and White. PREDICTION: Williams 80, Tufts 75
Middlebury at Amherst (WBB | Fri., Feb. 10): The Panthers have been a great story this season – as of today, they would be the fourth seed in the NESCAC and host a playoff game next weekend. Do they have what it takes to get past Amherst? I don’t believe so, but they’ll give the Purple and White a good fight. PREDICTION: Amherst 65, Middlebury 40
Tufts at Williams (WBB | Fri., Feb. 10): After falling to Amherst last weekend, Tufts will look to close out its regular season slate with back-to-back victories (after tonight’s game, they’ll face Rhode Island College next week), including a win in Williamstown. Expect Michela Northand Melissa Baptista to lead the Jumbos to their ninth NESCAC win of the season. PREDICTION: Tufts 65, Williams 45
Conn. College at Bowdoin (WBB | Sat. Feb. 11): Could this be a potential preview of a possible NESCAC Tournament contest? Possibly, but before we turn our attention to the NESCAC Tournament, let’s focus on the Camels’ five-game winning streak – something one should not overlook. Brian Wilson‘s squad will have to be perfect on both ends of the court in order to secure a win. Yet, I think this game will go in favor of the Polar Bears since they’re at home. PREDICTION: Bowdoin 59, Conn. College 53
Roger Williams at Endicott (MBB | Sat. Feb. 11): I’ll be at this game as long as Mother Nature doesn’t drop another foot of snow on us – please, Mother Nature … NO! Roger Williams will need its defense to keep the Endicott offense in-check – last game, they held the Gulls to just 21 field goals (60 attempts), while forcing 14 turnovers. PREDICTION: Roger Williams 75, Endicott 72
Castleton at Husson (WBB | Sat. Feb. 11): As of now, the Eagles of Husson appear to be the front-runner for the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) regular season crown. However, that could change, pending this weekend’s outcomes. And one of those outcomes could be a Castleton win over the Eagles – the victory would have to come on the road, though. Since falling to Husson, the Spartans have captured five of their last six, and need to win out to have a chance to secure the regular season crown. PREDICTION: Castleton 50, Husson 49
Eastern Conn. State at UMass Dartmouth (WBB | Sat. Feb. 11): Can anyone slow down the Corsairs? I am not sure, especially since they have won eight-straight contests and seem to have a great deal of momentum on their side. They’ll need that momentum, along with a big day from their entire roster to secure an important conference win over the Warriors. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 60, Eastern Conn. State 58 (OT)
Becker at Wheelock (MBB | Sat. Feb. 11): After dropping a pair of games to Southern Vermont earlier this week, Becker will look to return to its winning ways with a victory over the Wildcats. Against Wheelock earlier this season, three Hawks netted double-figures, including Antonio White Jr., who led all scorers with 30 points. PREDICTION: Becker 84, Wheelock 75
Westfield State at Salem State (MBB | Sat. Feb. 11): This is a must-win for the Vikings, who lost a mid-week clash to Bridgewater State. As of today, Salem State remains the top team in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), but a loss to the Owls could open the door for Fitchburg State to secure number one seed in the conference. Before we turn the page to Falcons-Vikings (next week, FYI), let’s keep our eyes on this contest as Chris Harvey‘s squad will look to bounce back against an Owls squad that has won three-straight. PREDICTION: Salem State 75, Westfield State 68
Johnson & Wales at Suffolk (MBB | Sat. Feb. 11): After a slow start, Jamie Benton‘s squad is back in the mix for a top spot in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament. This should be a layup for the Wildcats – earlier this season, Johnson & Wales defeated the Rams at home, thanks to 23 points from Anthony Jernigan. PREDICTION: Johnson & Wales 75, Suffolk 65