CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's lacrosse team begins a stretch of six games over the next 13 days, starting with the home opener against Curry College Tuesday, March 7, at 4 p.m., and followed by a neutral-site game versus St. Lawrence Wednesday, March 8, also at 4 p.m.
Castleton opened the 2017 season with a 20-7 loss at Plattsburgh State last Wednesday. Sam Siegel and Jason Sedell scored two goals apiece while Louis Alhage earned two assists to lead the Spartan offense. Brandon Myron made the first start of his collegiate career in net, earning 14 saves during the contest to earn NAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
The Spartans finished 11-7 in 2016, reaching the NAC Tournament championship match for the 13th consecutive time before losing to New England College in the title game. Sedell and Alhage, along with Joshua Gosselin, Malik Hines, and Peyton Faasse return to the Castleton lacrosse program after earning all-conference recognition last season.
Curry is off to a 2-0 start after a 13-12 victory at UMass-Dartmouth Feb. 25 and a 25-7 victory over Husson March 1. Matt Serra leads the Colonels with eight goals and is tied with Tom Cashin for the team lead in total points with 10. Jack McMenomey has earned a team-high five assists so far this season.
This is the third meeting all-time between Castleton and Curry, with each team winning one match apiece. Curry won the first meeting on March 12, 2006, 11-7, but the Spartans won on March 22, 2007, by a 9-5 total.
St. Lawrence advanced to the NCAA Tournament semifinals last year and is ranked sixth in the latest USILA/Nike Division III Coaches' Poll. The Saints defeated Western New England in their season opener last Friday, 16-3, led by Andrew Jarrell with five goals and Jordan Dow with three goals and two assists. Four different Saints tended goal in the game, starting with Alex Terry, who made four saves in 48:34 of action.
This is the third straight year that Castleton and St. Lawrence have met on a neutral site, with the Saints winning the previous two games. Last season, St. Lawrence cruised to a 22-3 victory, led by Conor Healey with four goals and two assists and Jeremy Vautour with three goals and one assist. Zach Devoid scored two goals to lead the Spartans.
After Wednesday, Castleton returns to Spartan Stadium for four of the next six games, starting Saturday, March 11, against Southern Maine starting at 2 p.m.