Mount Ida College junior wide receiver Nick Lynch (Hampton Bays, NY/Hampton Bays) hauled in seven catches for 128 yards and four touchdowns en route to a 69-18 Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) romping over visiting Anna Maria College Saturday afternoon in Newton, Massachusetts on senior day. With this victory, the Mustangs tie their all-time record for wins in a season with six. It was also the most points the football program has ever scored in a single contest (69). The Mustangs improve to an overall record of 6-3 going 5-2 in ECFC play. The AmCats continue their winless streak, only in their second year as a varsity program, with a record of 0-10 going 0-7 in conference play to end their season.
The Mount Ida College athletic department and football staff recognized eight football seniors and five Cheerleaders to start the day's contest. Paul Shaughnessy (Malden, MA/Northeast Metro Regional), Terry Baisley (Browns Mills, NJ/Pemberton), Sean Simmons (Schenectady, NY/Mohonasen), Shane Gardner (Sunrise, FL/Northeast), Doug Miles (Unionville, CT/Farmington), Josh Bond (Schenectady, NY/Schenectady), Mike Cloutier (Troy, NY/Lansingburgh), Julien Baptiste (Greenlawn, NY/Elwood-John Glenn), Amanda Lineman (Littleton, NH/Littleton), Kelley Palumbo (Scituate, MA/Sacred Heart), Christina Oteri (Middleboro, MA/Middleboro), Cristen Hiotes (Brockton, MA/Brockton), and Nikki Caraglia (Melrose, MA/Matignon) were all honored for their contributions to their respective programs.
The Mustangs struck first at the 10 minute mark in the first quarter following an eight play, 45 yard drive that finished with a six yard touchdown strike to Lynch from sophomore quarterback Scott Drosendahl (East Aurora, NY/East Aurora) giving the hosts an immediate 7-0 advantage after a success point after attempt by freshman place kicker Jake Lawrence (Middleton, MA/Masconomet Regional).
The AmCats answered on the next drive converting a six play, 66 yard drive with 9:10 to go in the opening quarter capped off by a four yard touchdown scamper by junior fullback Jonathon LaCasse (Lanesboro, MA/Mount Greylock) making it 7-6 in favor of Mount Ida. The extra point attempt missed wide failing to tie the score.
On the hosts next drive they would answer on Lynch's second touchdown catch of the day on a 10 play, 53 yard drive that finished with a Drosendahl to Lynch 23 yard pass that was caught up the middle. Lynch shook a tackle off and crossed the goal line for the 14-6 lead with 4:57 to go in the first quarter after another successful point after attempt by Lawrence.
On Anna Maria's ensuing possession, Mount Ida forced a three and out by the AmCats setting up a punt for the visitors. Mustang junior MacIntosh Bozier (Belmont, MA/Belmont) blocked the punt attempt at the visiting 38 yard line that ricocheted towards the goal line. Bozier picked up the bounding ball at the five yard line and ran it into the end zone for the 21-6 advantage with 4:27 to go in the first quarter following another good PAT by Lawrence.
With 2:26 to go in the opening quarter, the AmCats converted a six play, 51 yard drive finalized with a six yard touchdown strike from Simone to sophomore wide out Domenique Concepcion (Middlebury, CT/Pomperaug) still trailing 21-12 after a blocked extra point attempt.
The Mustangs weren't finished with the first quarter scoring with 31 seconds remaining on Lynch's third touchdown catch of the day on a 49 yard bomb that Lynch hauled in from Drosendahl capping a three play, 69 yard drive to take a commanding 28-12 lead to finish the opening stanza.
After a marathon first quarter that took almost an hour to play, the Mustangs started the second with Lynch's fourth and final touchdown catch of the day on a 12 yard strike from Drosendahl finishing a seven play, 56 yard drive that ate up 3:40 second on the clock taking a 35-12 lead with 10:33 to go in the set.
The AmCats, who had put together a substantial drive towards the end of the second quarter, erased all their hard work with Simone throwing an interception that was picked off by freshman Shakarus Semexant (Malden, MA/Malden) taking it to the house on a 63 yard return inflating the Mustangs advantage to 42-12 after another successful PAT attempt by Lawrence.
The Mustangs traded with the AmCats watching Drosendahl throw his only interception of the day that was picked off by Anna Maria junior Nii Quartey (Worcester, MA/Burncoat) taking it into the end zone 73 yards out making the score 42-18 following a failed two point conversion attempt by the visitors with 57 seconds to go in the second half.
Mount Ida was not done scoring two more times before the second quarter finished starting with a 70 yard kickoff return by freshman E.J. Murray (New Haven, CT/Wilbur L. Cross) giving Mount Ida a 49-18 advantage. A fumble recovered by Mount Ida sophomore Frankie Carlson (Rocky Hill, CT/Rocky Hill) on the ensuing kickoff by the AmCats set the Mustangs up with perfect field position. The next play Drosendahl hit sophomore wide out Matthew Valentini (Lake Hopatcong, NJ/Jefferson TWP.) from 22 yards out giving the Mustangs a 55-18 lead to finally end an hour and a half first half.
The second half flew by in 45 minutes with only two touchdowns scored in the final two quarters all from the hosts. It started with 11:27 on the clock to start the third quarter on a 29 yard touchdown scamper from Carlson for his first score of the season capping a five play, 53 yard drive to lead 62-18.
With 8:54 remaining in the third stanza, Mount Ida senior free safety Julien Baptiste (Greenlawn, NY/Elwood-John Glenn) picked off his second Simone pass of the day returning a 53 yard touchdown giving the Mustangs the 69-18 lead. With the pick, Baptiste tied the record for interceptions in a career (8).
Neither team could muster any offense in the final quarter of the game giving the Mustangs the 69-18 ECFC victory on their final home game of the season.
Mount Ida was led offensively by Lynch who had a career day breaking the record for receptions in a season with 61 catches for the year with one game remaining. Drosendahl was outstanding with five touchdown passes going 13-20 for 216 yards through the air. Shaughnessy led the rushing attack with 23 carries for 182 yards on the ground with no scores averaging almost eight yards a carry. Carlson enjoyed 98 yards rushing and a touchdown as well. The AmCats had another tough day surrendering 501 yards in total offense.
Defensively, Mount Ida was led by Bond with six tackles followed by Baptiste with two interceptions and three solo tackles. Junior linebacker Kyle Lawson (Middlesex, VT/U-32) added four unassisted tackles as well. Freshman defensive lineman John Proto (North Haven, CT/North Haven) tallied two sacks.
The Mustangs will head to non-conference Hartwick College next Saturday for their final contest of the season.