Mount Ida freshman midfielder Mike Alibrandi has been named as the 2018 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Year in a vote of the league’s coaches, as he is one of five Mustangs who earned all-conference accolades for the recently completed campaign.
Alibrandi, a native of Holliston, Mass. and a graduate of Holliston High School, netted 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points while appearing in all 17 contests on the season, as he earned GNAC Corvias Rookie of the Week accolades on April 23rd after a combined seven-point performance in wins over Regis and Anna Maria. Mike was one of three Mount Ida representatives on the second team all-league squad, as he was joined by senior goalkeeper Cam Hayward (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) and junior attack Kyle Ton (Norwich, Conn./Norwich Free Academy).
Hayward, who earned all-conference honors for a second straight spring, recorded a 9.25 goals against average to go with 209 saves for a .582 saves percentage, as he collected eight victories in the Mustang cage. Cam, who earned the nod as GNAC Corvias Goalkeeper of the Week on April 23rd, will graduate as the winningest netminder in school history (35) while recording 758 career saves, including a season-high 22 stops at Salve Regina on March 6th.
Ton, a two-time GNAC Corvias Player of the Week honoree during the season, led Mount Ida in scoring with 42 goals and 21 assists for 63 points, including a five-goal, eight-point effort in a 16-5 triumph at Becker on March 29th. Kyle, who became the 21st member of the program’s 100 Point Club on April 23rd at Lasell, notched 32 points (20 goals, 12 assists) in league play alone, as 18 of his total tallies came on man-advantage situations.
Senior midfielder Marcus Donahue (Braintree, Mass./Blue Hills) and junior defender Shayne Rix (Westwood, Mass./Silver Lake) rounded out the quintet of Mustangs to earn spots on this year’s all-GNAC squad after being named third team all-league performers. Donahue finished second to Ton on Mount Ida’s scoring list with 27 goals and 17 assists for 44 points and became the 20th member of the Mustangs’ 100 Point Club with five tallies and a helper in a 15-9 win at Emmanuel on April 11th, while Rix ranked second in both ground balls (38) and caused turnovers (16) while chipping in with a marker and two assists on offense in 2018.
Additionally, junior attack Matt Curran (Abington, Mass./Abington) was named to the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team, as he collected six goals in 13 matches played this season.
Mount Ida posted eight overall victories under the guidance of veteran Head Coach Andrew Fink this spring, including a 7-2 mark in GNAC play that was good for third place in the final league standings. The Mustangs fell to eventual conference tournament champion Johnson & Wales in the GNAC quarterfinals.