MOUNT IDA MEN’S LACROSSE
2018 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Quarterfinals
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Alumni Field, Newton, Mass.
FINAL: JOHNSON & WALES 14, MOUNT IDA 8
NEWTON, Mass. -- Senior Sam Sears (Baltimore, Md.) netted four goals and three assists for seven points as sixth-seeded Johnson & Wales scored the last seven goals of the match to post a 14-8 victory over third-seeded Mount Ida in quarterfinal round play of the 2018 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championships Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
The visiting Wildcats, who improve to 7-11 on the season, advance to take on second-seeded Lasell in Wednesday’s GNAC semifinals, as the Lasers advanced with a 15-5 quarterfinal round home triumph over seventh-seeded Emmanuel. The host Mustangs closed out their campaign at 8-9 overall.
The two squads battled to a 3-3 draw after the opening quarter before Johnson & Wales received tallies from senior Eric Russo (West Grove, Pa.) and junior Jacob deMey (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) to take a 5-3 lead midway through the second stanza. Mount Ida evened matters on goals from junior Owen LaPorte (Farmington, Conn.) and sophomore Dakari Eason (Norwalk, Conn.) in a 1:12 span, but the Wildcats took a 7-5 edge at the break on goal from Sears and junior Thomas Lyons (Burlington, Mass.) in the final 2:58 of the half.
Junior Kyle Ton (Norwich, Conn.) lifted the Mustangs their only lead of the day by collecting three goals in the opening 3:51 after intermission for an 8-7 advantage, but senior Max Stone (Burlington, Conn.) struck twice in just 15 seconds to give Johnson & Wales the lead for good with 4:28 remaining in the third quarter. The Wildcats extended that margin to three (11-8) heading into the fourth frame, as two tallies by Sears and a marker from Russo accounted for the final margin.
Lyons added a hat trick in the win for the visitors, who received a pair of goals and four assists from Russo to go with two tallies off the stick of junior Ben Farrell (Baltimore, Md.). Stone added a helper to go with his two goals on the day for Johnson & Wales, which also received an assist from deMey. Ton netted a match-high five goals and an assist to finish with six points in the setback for Mount Ida, which received a marker and two helpers from Eason along with a goal from senior Marcus Donahue (Braintree, Mass.). Freshman Mike Alibrandi (Holliston, Mass.) added two assists on the day for the Mustangs, who also received a helper off the stick of junior Eric Walker (Newington, Conn.).
Sophomore Bradley Morris (Bayport, N.Y.) picked up the win in goal with a 13-save effort for Johnson & Wales, while senior Cam Hayward (Derry, N.H.) made 15 stops in the setback for Mount Ida as the Wildcats outshot the Mustangs by a 38-32 margin overall (29-21 on goal) for the contest. The match was the second in four days between the two squads, as Mount Ida posted a 6-5 win in the final regular season outing on Wednesday evening, and Johnson & Wales also avenged a setback suffered to the Mustangs in last year’s GNAC tournament.
(Photo Credit: Karen Zito)