CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University defeated Lyndon State College, 17-5, Wednesday night in the semifinals of the 2017 North Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament Championship at Spartan Stadium.
With the victory, Castleton improves to 10-8 and advances to the NAC Tournament title game for the 14th consecutive year, where it will face New England College for the sixth straight time. The championship game will take place Saturday, May 6, at 1 p.m. in Henniker, N.H. Lyndon State's season comes to an end at 10-7.
Just over five minutes into the game, Jason Sedell (Pine Brook, N.J.) took a feed from Louis Alhage (New Milford, Conn.) and scored his first goal of the game. Less than four minutes later, the Spartans took advantage of an extra-man opportunity when Drew Wood (Lincoln, R.I.) found Kyle Lutinski (New Fairfield, Conn.) for his 10th goal of the season.
Castleton extended its lead with two more goals, the first coming with 2:27 left in the first quarter as Alhage found Sam Siegel (Brattleboro, Vt.). With just over three minutes gone in the second quarter, Colin Clark (Rutland, Vt.) scored off a feed from Lutinski to give the Spartans a 4-0 advantage.
Shea Jones (Hull, Mass.) put Lyndon State on the board with his first goal of the night halfway through the second quarter. Castleton responded with six unanswered goals to close out the second quarter, led by Sedell and Isaac Devoid (St. Albans, Vt.) with two goals apiece during that stretch, as the Spartans took a 10-1 lead into halftime.
Lyndon State closed its deficit to six by scoring four of the first five goals of the third quarter, with Jones and Konner Bick (North Syracuse, N.Y.) scoring two goals apiece. Castleton put the game away by scoring the final six goals of the contest, starting when Devoid completed his hat trick with 2:39 remaining in the third quarter and culminating with Sedell's fifth and sixth goals of the game, a new career high for the sophomore.
Besides Sedell's six goals and Devoid's three tallies, Siegel finished with two goals and two assists, while Wood and Alhage earned three assists apiece. The Castleton offense was clicking throughout the night, as there were assists on 13 of the 17 goals.
Once again, Joshua Gosselin (Barre, Vt.) started everything in the faceoff circle for the Spartans, winning 22-of-25 faceoffs, including all 13 first-half faceoffs, as he tied his career high with 18 ground balls. Brandon Myron (Rensselaer, N.Y.) made six saves, including four in the first quarter as he kept Lyndon State off the board in the opening 15 minutes.
Besides his three goals, Jones also tied Kendrick Mills (Bellows Falls, Vt.) for the team lead with three ground balls apiece. Shane Morin (Salem, N.H.) played the entire game in net for the Hornets, making 13 saves during the night.
The winner of the Castleton-New England College game Saturday will earn the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.