CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's lacrosse team hosts Lyndon State College in the semifinals of the 2017 North Atlantic Conference Tournament Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.
Castleton, 9-8 overall, won five straight conference games, including the last two in the span of 24 hours, to clinch the second seed in the postseason tournament and earn a bye into the semifinals. The Spartans are looking to reach the NAC Tournament title game for the 14th consecutive year, while Lyndon State is aiming to advance to the tournament championship game for the first time in program history.
Offensively, the Spartans are led by Sam Siegel with 31 goals and Jason Sedell with 22 goals. Louis Alhage has dished out 28 assists so far this season, followed by Siegel with 19 assists and Kyle Lutinski with 17 assists. Joshua Gosselin is one of the top faceoff specialists in Division III, winning 68.2 percent of faceoffs this season to rank 13th in the country.
On defense, Castleton has allowed just 8.74 goals per game, led by sophomore goalie Brandon Myron, the team MVP and Second Team All-NAC selection who has made 137 saves so far this year. Fellow Second Team All-NAC honoree Peyton Faasse leads the team with 19 caused turnovers, with Alhage causing 17 turnovers and Edward Doton contributing 15 caused turnovers.
Lyndon State is 10-6 overall, the best record in the nine-year history of the program. The Hornets, the third seed in the tournament after going 5-2 in conference play, advanced to the semifinals with an 11-3 victory over Thomas College on Saturday, April 29.
The Hornets enjoy a balanced offense, as five different players have scored at least 19 goals this season, led by Konner Bick with 29 goals and Spencer Aubin with 28 goals. Ian Pelkey has earned 23 goals and 25 assists for Lyndon State, while teammate Shea Jones has contributed 19 goals and 31 assists so far this season.
In goal, Shane Morin has started 13 games for the Hornets this season, posting a 7-4 record with a 10.15 goals against average and a .520 save percentage with 91 saves. Marcus Bessette has appeared in 13 games, including three starts, accumulating a 3-2 record with a 7.76 goals against average and a .564 save percentage with 75 saves.
This will be the first meeting between Castleton and Lyndon State in postseason play. The Spartans have won all nine previous meetings over the Hornets with an average score of 20-2. One week ago in Lyndonville, Vt., Castleton defeated Lyndon State, 17-3, behind five goals and one assist by Kevin McCarthy. Morin made 20 saves for the Hornets as he played the entire match in net.
The winner of the Castleton-Lyndon State game will face the winner of the other semifinal between New England College and Husson, also taking place Wednesday. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, at a time and site to be determined.