CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University maintained its position at the top of the North Atlantic Conference standings with a 12-1 victory over Lyndon State Thursday night in a men's collegiate lacrosse match at Spartan Stadium.
Kevin McCarthy led the Spartans with three goals, while Tyler Crowningshield finished with two goals and two assists. Colin Clark also scored two goals and Kyle Lutinski dished out two assists of his own as Castleton moved into a tie for first place with New England College in the league standings with a 4-0 NAC record.
Clark put the Spartans on the board 3:45 into the contest with his sixth goal of the season, followed by Crowningshield's first goal of the night with 5:04 remaining in the first period. McCarthy scored his first two goals just 46 seconds apart to extend the Castleton lead to 4-0 after the first period.
Crowningshield set up Clark for his second goal of the game 2:27 into the second period, and then Adnane Adossama earned his third goal of the season midway through the period. Crowningshield's second goal of the match gave the Spartans a 7-0 advantage at halftime.
McCarthy completed his hat trick 1:20 into the third period off an assist by Wyatt Pickrell, and then Adossama assisted on Shane Centerbar's third goal of the season just 79 seconds later. Taking advantage of an extra-man opportunity, Lutinski found Ryan Stone for his fifth goal of the season to bring the Spartans into double digits at 10-0.
Midway through the third period, Sam Siegel earned his 13th goal of the season off an assist by Crowningshield. With 1:48 left in the third period, Nick Aleksonis sent a shot into the back of the net for his first career collegiate goal.
Lyndon (3-7, 1-3 NAC) broke through 49 seconds into the fourth period on an extra-man opportunity, as Konner Bick found Shea Jones on the right side for his 21st goal of the season. That would be the final tally for either team despite the fact that the Hornets took 10 shots, equaling their total from the previous three periods combined.
Led by nine ground balls by Cameron Russell, Castleton collected more ground balls than Lyndon, 28-16, plus the Spartans won 12-of-15 face-offs to control possession for most of the night. Brandon Myron made four saves in the first half for Castleton before Maxx Ingison took over for the second half, while Marcus Bessette earned 12 saves in net for the Hornets.
Castleton (7-5, 4-0 NAC) hosts Thomas College Saturday, April 14, starting at 1 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. Lyndon hosts Maine Maritime on Saturday beginning at 2:30 p.m.