CASTLETON, Vt. – For the second straight day, Castleton University used the combination of strong defense and timely offense, this time defeating Plymouth State, 8-6, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference men's collegiate lacrosse match at Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans started the scoring just 1:04 into the contest as Ryan Stone picked up an unassisted goal. Plymouth State responded just over one-and-a-half minutes later as Griffin Jacobson scored his 12th goal of the season, followed by a tally from Thomas Kelly off an assist by Justin Roos to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead.
Castleton tied the game with 3:23 remaining in the first period on a goal by Kevin McCarthy, with Colin Clark providing the assist. Clark would also set up Sam Siegel's man-advantage goal three minutes into the second period as the Spartans retook the lead, 3-2.
With 5:06 left in the second period, Siegel set up Shane Centerbar's second goal of the season, extending the Spartan lead to 4-2. However, Plymouth State would rally, first on a goal by Paul Luongo to cut the Panther deficit in half at 4-3 going into halftime.
Plymouth State (4-5) would tie the game at 4-4 midway through the third period on a goal by Connor Delea. Just 49 seconds later, Tyler Crowningshield would score his first goal of the game to put the Spartans ahead for good, and then he picked up his second tally of the afternoon later in the period to increase the Castleton advantage to 6-4 at the end of the third period.
Jason Sedell would further extend the Spartan lead just 47 seconds into the fourth period, but Chris Waterbury would close the gap back to two at 7-5 with his seventh goal of the season. Crowningshield would complete his hat trick with 8:58 left in regulation, and Castleton would allow only another goal by Luongo the rest of the way to earn its sixth victory in the last seven matches.
Besides his goal, Sedell also caused four turnovers as Castleton forced 13 of Plymouth State's 20 turnovers during the game. Brandon Myron made nine saves for the Spartans, and the Panthers could not take advantage of their extra-man opportunities, going 0-for-8.
Charlie Harrington led Plymouth State with six ground balls, many of them on face-offs as Kyle Stockman won 10-of-17 draws for the Panthers. Zel Kerkel kept Plymouth State in the match with 10 saves as Castleton outshot the Panthers, 34-26.
Castleton (6-5) returns to conference play with a home game against the Lyndon Hornets Thursday, April 12, starting at 7 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.