BOSTON, Mass. – The Castleton University men's lacrosse team wrapped up its 2019 season with a victory Thursday night, downing Emmanuel by a final score of 13-11 in non-conference action at Clemente Field.
Senior goaltender Brandon Myron cemented his name atop the all-time saves leaderboard for Castleton, setting a new program record with 478 saves in his career. He surpassed John Wild, toppling a record that dated back to 1998. He also becomes just the fourth goalie in program history with 20 career victories.
Castleton concludes the 2019 season with a 5-12 record overall, while Emmanuel moves to 3-13 on the year. The Spartans held a 44-38 edge in shots, 16-12 edge in face-off wins, 30-24 edge in ground balls and converted 18-of-19 clear attempts in the victory. Castleton also went 2-for-10 on man-up chances and committed just 17 turnovers in the contest.
Jason Sedell racked up eight points on six goals and two assists in his final game, finishing his career in a tie for fifth place on the all-time points leaderboard and fifth place on the all-time goals leaderboard for the Spartans. Kyle Lutinski had six points in his final game, scoring twice and adding four assists. He finishes fourth all-time on the Castleton charts in career assists. Tom Pardew and Cameron Russell added two goals each, while Nick Aleksonis added a goal for the Spartans. Luc Issa had eight ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers for Castleton, while Adnane Adossama added five ground balls and Cameron Milliken four. Myron finished the night with nine saves in his fourth win of the year.
Ben Hartig-Orr scored five times with an assist, and Steve Gervasio added two goals and three assists for a five-point night. Matt Katon finished with a hat trick and Colin Dickinson two assists. Aric Graves made 14 saves for the Saints while shouldering the loss in goal.
The two sides traded goals in the first quarter, as Emmanuel led first on a goal from Hartig-Orr before Pardew drew it level just more than a minute later. After Hartig-Orr's second score of the game, Sedell scored his first of the day with just 38 seconds left in the quarter to make it 2-2 after the opening 15 minutes.
Lutinski gave Castleton its first lead of the day with a goal just 35 seconds into the second quarter, but the lead was short-lived as Gervasio scored twice in a 47 second span to give Emmanuel a 4-3 edge with 12:03 to play in the first half. Russell scored his first of the day to knot the game up at 4-4, before Pardew notched his second of the evening to put the Spartans back on top. Sedell gave Castleton a two-goal edge, but two more goals by the Saints erased the deficit with 1:20 to play to make it a 6-6 game. A late goal once again helped the Spartans, as Russell's score with 13 seconds to play in the half sent Castleton into the break ahead, 7-6.
Katon netted the first goal of the second half to tie the game once more, but three straight goals from Castleton—one from Aleksonis and two from Sedell—gave Castleton the lead for good. After Hartig-Orr scored his fourth goal of the game to make it 10-8 in favor of Castleton, Sedell rattled off back-to-back goals—one to end the third quarter and one to open the fourth quarter—to push Castleton to a 12-8 edge. Lutinski buried a pass from Sedell to cap the scoring for Castleton and putting the Spartans ahead, 13-8. Emmanuel made a late charge, but the Castleton held off the Saints despite three unanswered goals over the final 11:26 of the contest.
Castleton graduates nine seniors from the 2019 roster, with 25 players slated to return next season.