CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's lacrosse team begins its Spring Break on the road, facing Thomas College in a North Atlantic Conference matchup Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m. before heading down to MIT for a non-conference game against the Engineers Tuesday, April 4, at 4 p.m.
Castleton was originally scheduled to face Thomas this past Saturday, but a snowstorm forced the two teams to push back the conference contest to Monday. It is the third game the Spartans have seen postponed to a future date this season, with two of the postponements leading to a four-game week for Castleton.
The Spartans are 4-4 overall and 1-1 within the NAC after a 10-4 loss to New England College this past Wednesday at Spartan Stadium. After three consecutive hat tricks, Sam Siegel is tied for fifth in the NAC with 16 goals and fifth in the league with 25 total points. Louis Alhage is third in the league with 16 assists as well as fourth in the NAC with 26 points.
Joshua Gosselin continues to provide Castleton with plenty of possession opportunities, winning over 63 percent (105-for-166) of faceoffs as well as grabbing a team-high 51 ground balls, second-most among NAC players. Brandon Myron has played 96 percent of the time in net for the Spartans so far this season, currently sitting in a tie for second place in the league in saves with 83 as well as third in goals against average at 10.68.
Thomas brings a 1-3 overall record into Monday's contest, earning its first win of the season last Wednesday against Wheelock, 7-5. The Terriers are 0-1 in conference play after a 22-4 loss at New England College on March 25.
Colby Blondin leads the Thomas offense with eight goals and three assists for 11 total points, plus he has earned 17 ground balls. Connor Lamberton has played every second in net for the Terriers so far this season, posting a 12.25 goals against average and a league-best .629 save percentage with 83 saves.
This will be the 16th meeting all-time between Castleton and Thomas, with the Spartans winning the previous 15 contests. Last season, seven different Castleton players scored more than one goal in the Spartans' 22-3 victory, led by Siegel and Nik Rancourt with three goals apiece. Bryan Ferris scored all three goals for the Terriers.
MIT is 5-3 overall and has won four of its last five games, including a 14-13 victory over Coast Guard Sunday. As a team, the Engineers are averaging 40.1 shots, 14.25 goals, 29.4 ground balls, and 9.1 caused turnovers per game.
Graham Davis leads MIT with 29 goals and 41 total points, while Mitch Turley has tallied 22 goals and Harris Stolzenberg has contributed 18 goals and 21 assists for 39 total points. Alexander Lynch has been the main goalkeeper for the Engineers, posting a 5-2 record with a 12.31 goals against average and a .467 save percentage with 71 saves.
This will be the first meeting all-time between Castleton and MIT. Walter Alessi is in his 43rd season as head men's lacrosse coach at MIT, coming into Tuesday's contest with 283 career victories.
After the road swing, Castleton returns home and prepares for back-to-back home games over the weekend against Husson Saturday, April 8, and SUNY Potsdam Sunday, April 9, both starting at 1 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.