CANTON, N.Y. – The Castleton University men's lacrosse team's offense came to life on Thursday evening, leading the Spartans to their first win of the season with a dominant showing, 18-8, over SUNY Canton.
Castleton moves to 1-2 on the year with the win, while Canton falls to 1-3 on the young campaign. The Spartans controlled from the opening whistle, outshooting Canton 48-35, including a 31-22 edge in shots on goal, while picking up 35 ground balls to Canton's 25 and turning it over just 19 times to Canton's 28 turnovers. The Spartans also converted on 6-of-10 man-up opportunities while killing off each of their three man-down chances.
Kyle Lutinski had a big day offensively, tying a career-high with seven points on four goals and three assists. Cameron Russell and Colin Clark had five points apiece as they each potted three goals with two assists, while Luc Issa, Tom Pardew, Tyler Crowningshield, Jason Sedell and Connor Rider all added multi-point games for the Spartans. Brandon Myron earned his first win of the season, stopping eight shots in one half of play while allowing just four goals. Maxx Ingison worked the second half for Castleton, stopped six shots with four goals allowed in relief of Myron.
The Roos were led by four goals from Noah Robinson, while Jacob Facey and Hunter Olsen scored twice each to give Canton their eight scores on the day. Josh Yelvington added a pair of assists, while Justin Laduke stopped 13 of the 31 shots he faced in the loss.
Castleton scored first in the contest and never looked back, as Issa netted the game's first goal just more than five minutes in before Lutinski and Pardew stretched the edge to 3-0 with 6:44 to play in the opening quarter. After Robinson rattled off back-to-back goals for the Roos, Sedell potted his first of two goals to give Castleton a 4-2 lead after one quarter of action.
Canton inched closed with a quick goal in the second quarter, but the Spartan offense went off for three goals in a three-minute span to stretch the lead to 7-3 before making it an 8-3 game on Sedell's second of the contest with 5:59 left in the half. After Canton closed the gap to 7-4, Rider netted his first of the game on an assist from Crowningshield. Russell and Clark closed out the half with goals to send the Spartans into the break with an 11-4 lead.
The lead grew to 10 goals when the Spartans piled on three unanswered scores in the third quarter, as Russell, Clark and Rider each scored their second goals of the game, before Canton made it 14-5 heading into the fourth on a goal by Facey.
After the Spartans pushed the lead to 17-5 with three straight fourth-quarter goals, Canton scored three of the game's final four goals with less than five minutes to play to inch closer on the scoreboard and give the game its final score of 18-8.
Castleton returns to action on Saturday against Utica at Dave Wolk Stadium. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. in the Spartans' home-opener.