CASTLETON, Vt. – With another important conference game on the horizon Tuesday, a different lineup took the field for Castleton University, and that group of players struck early and often in a 21-2 victory over Green Mountain College Monday night in a North Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse game at Spartan Stadium.
Making just his second start of the season, freshman Tyler Crowningshield led the Spartan offense with five goals and three assists, while fellow first-year player Colton Leno, also in the starting lineup for just the second time, finished with four goals and one assist. Drew Wood enjoyed his best offensive night of the season with two goals, two assists, and five ground balls, and Dakota Jones, also making his second start of 2017, picked up another victory in net for the Spartans.
Leno started the scoring with 10:38 remaining in the first quarter, and then he assisted on Bobby Bergen's third goal of the season just 48 seconds later. Leno would score his second goal of the game 41 seconds later off an assist by Connor Balestra, Crowningshield would take a pass from Wood and score his first goal of the night with 6:50 left in the quarter, and then Wood would receive a pass from Sam Frackleton and score with 2:07 remaining in the opening period.
After Crowningshield converted on a shot only 44 seconds into the second quarter off an assist by Adnane Adossama, he would set up Ryan Stone for a tally halfway through the second period. Tom Pardew earned a goal off an assist from Wood, and then Ryan Crowningshield would set up Tyler Crowningshield for the Spartans' ninth goal of the first half.
Green Mountain (1-10, 1-6 NAC) would score the next two goals, first with 59 seconds remaining in the second quarter as Deven Rogers earned his sixth tally of the season. Just 2:32 after halftime, Dominic Wright scored his seventh goal of the year, but that would be the Eagles' last goal of the night as they finished with just eight shots and nine ground balls.
The Spartans scored four goals in the span of 1:40 in the third period, featuring tallies by Frackleton, Wyatt Pickrell, Tyler Crowningshield, and Isaac Devoid. Leno scored his third and fourth goals of the game to close out the third quarter, and then six different Spartans scored Castleton's six goals of the fourth period, including the first goal of the season for Eric Coslett and the first career goal for Nathan Bushweller, who also made his first career start at Castleton.
Once again, Joshua Gosselin was stellar in the faceoff circle, winning 23 of 25 faceoffs (92.0 percent) and collecting 17 ground balls. Of Green Mountain's 23 turnovers, the Spartans caused 14 of them, and Castleton outshot the Eagles (53-8) as well as picked up more ground balls (46-9).
Castleton (8-8, 5-1 NAC) heads to Lyndon State to face the Hornets Tuesday, April 25, starting at 4 p.m. The Spartans are tied with the Hornets, who defeated Johnson State Monday 14-2, for second place in the conference, and the winner of Tuesday's game will earn the second seed in the NAC Tournament and a bye into the semifinals.