WATERVILLE, Maine – Castleton University got off to a strong start and never let up, defeating Thomas College, 14-1, Monday night in a North Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse contest at Smith Field.
Castleton controlled the offense right from the start, but could get only one shot into the net in the first quarter, as Jason Sedell set up Kevin McCarthy for his first goal of the season. Sedell would start the scoring in the second period with a goal with 10:27 remaining before halftime.
Kyle Lutinski would earn assists on each of Castleton's next three goals, setting up Micky Prozinski, Colin Clark, and Sam Siegel to increase the Spartan lead to 5-0. Just 43 seconds after Siegel's goal, Tyler Crowningshield earned a man-up goal off an assist from Louis Alhage.
McCarthy would pick up his second goal of the night less than a minute later thanks to an assist from Wyatt Pickrell. With 1:50 remaining in the second quarter, Siegel earned his second goal of the match to give the Spartans an 8-0 lead at halftime.
The Spartans scored four times in the third period, with McCarthy earning two of those goals and Lutinski picking up three more assists. In the fourth quarter, Colton Leno scored twice for the Spartans before Colby Blondin finally broke through for the Terriers with 3:16 remaining in the contest.
McCarthy finished with four goals for Castleton, while Siegel and Leno earned two goals apiece. Lutinski finished with six assists, nine ground balls, and three cause turnovers for the Spartans, and Joshua Gosselin won 18-of-19 faceoffs during the match. Brandon Myron needed to make just one save in the first three quarters, and Dakota Jones was credited with one save as he played the final 15 minutes in net for Castleton.
Thomas (1-4, 0-2 NAC) was led by Blondin with his goal and three ground balls, while Conner Blair finished with three ground balls and four caused turnovers. Connor Lamberton played the entire game in net for the Terriers, collecting 14 saves as he faced 56 total shots from the Spartans.
Castleton (5-4, 2-1 NAC) heads to Cambridge, Mass., for a non-conference contest at MIT Tuesday, April 4, starting at 4 p.m. The Spartans then return home to prepare for back-to-back games over the weekend, hosting Husson Saturday, April 8, and SUNY Potsdam Sunday, April 9, both at Spartan Stadium starting at 1 p.m. each day.