CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University rallied from a three-goal deficit in the final seven minutes of regulation to force overtime, but SUNY Potsdam was able to convert late in the first overtime period to earn a 10-9 victory Sunday afternoon in a non-conference collegiate men's lacrosse game at Spartan Stadium.
Down 9-6, Castleton started its rally as Tom Pardew set up Kevin McCarthy for a goal with 6:51 remaining in the fourth quarter. After SUNY Potsdam took a penalty with 2:45 left on the clock, Jason Sedell whipped a shot into the net 21 seconds later to pull the Spartans within one at 9-8.
As the clock continued to wind down, Sam Frackleton grabbed the next faceoff to give Castleton possession, and Sedell once again converted a long-distance shot to tie the game at 9-9. The Bears gained possession and earned an extra-man opportunity, but never took a shot in the final 24 seconds of regulation, forcing overtime.
SUNY Potsdam (4-4) earned the first possession of overtime but did not convert, eventually turning the ball over to Castleton. Sedell attempted to end the game, but his shot with 1:41 left in overtime was stopped by SUNY Potsdam goalie Jack Bezek, and the Bears regained possession and converted a clear attempt.
After a Castleton penalty, SUNY Potsdam once again set up a play, but this time actually took a shot, as Nick Henrie found Casey Boulio close to the net as the clock reached one minute remaining. Boulio's shot found the back of the net, giving the Bears their second overtime victory in as many days.
The Bears opened the scoring with three unanswered goals in the first period thanks to tallies by Matt Moran, Josh Huiatt, and Berkley Stone. Sam Siegel put Castleton on the board with an unassisted goal with 2:45 remaining in the first quarter, and then he earned his 100th career point, assisting on Colin Clark's goal with 22 seconds left in the period to close the Spartan deficit to one.
SUNY Potsdam held Castleton off the board in the second period and scored two goals of its own, first when Stone found Eric Soderquist for a goal 40 seconds into the quarter. Soderquist then assisted on a goal by Nick Orsini halfway through the period to increase the Bear lead to 5-2, where it would remain through halftime.
After Louis Alhage, also a member of the 100-career point club, found Kyle Lutinski for Castleton's first goal of the third period, SUNY Potsdam increased its lead to 7-3 on goals by Moran and Soderquist. Alhage earned a goal just over a minute after Soderquist's tally, and then he assisted on a man-up goal by McCarthy to bring Castleton within two at 7-5 after three quarters.
Less than four minutes into the fourth period, Orsini set up Henrie for his 11th goal of the season, but Castleton responded less than a minute later on a goal by Pardew off an assist from McCarthy. Moran completed his hat trick with an unassisted goal 37 seconds later, extending the Bear lead back to three and setting up the exciting final stretch.
McCarthy finished with two goals and one assist, while Alhage earned one goal and two assists. Joshua Gosselin was solid on faceoffs once again, winning 13-of-20 faceoffs, and goalie Brandon Myron collected four saves during the contest.
Moran finished with four points as he picked up an assist to go along with his hat trick, and Soderquist accumulated two goals and two assists for four points of his own. Bezek kept Castleton in comeback mode throughout the afternoon, making 19 saves, including 13 saves in the second half and overtime.
Castleton (6-6) hosts Kean University Saturday, April 15, at 1 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. The Spartan seniors will be honored in Senior Day ceremonies before the final weekend regular season home game of their collegiate career.