DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior Jack Kingdon capped his illustrious career by scoring a first-half goal to surpass the 100-point plateau, but it was not enough as the Castleton University men's soccer team succumbed to UMass Dartmouth, 3-1, on the road on Saturday to complete the 2019 season.
With the win, the Corsairs claimed the final Little East Conference (LEC) playoff spot. They will travel to third-seeded Rhode Island College on Tuesday.
Kingdon became just the seventh player in program history and the first since 2003 to accomplish the feat. He finishes his career ranked in a tie for fifth with 101 points and seventh with 39 goals. His 17 goals on the season is the highest single-season total since 2003 and the sixth-most in program history.
The Spartans finish their second season in the LEC with a conference record of 2-6-0 and 6-12-0 overall. The Corsairs enter the playoffs at 8-7-2 (3-4-1 LEC).
Junior Monteiro netted a pair of goals while Thiago DeCarvalho finished with a goal and an assist to lead the hosts.
Monteiro gave UMass Dartmouth a 1-0 advantage with a blast from the right side in the 23rd minute, but Kingdon's successful penalty kick evened it at one less than seven minutes later. UMD went into the break with a 2-1 lead after DeCarvalho lofted a 20-yard shot under the bar with 6:43 remaining in the half.
Monteiro got an insurance tally in the 57th minute to complete the scoring on a give-and-go with Rony Morales.
Senior Danny Andrade picked up the win in goal with a five-save effort for UMass Dartmouth, while junior Alex Fernald recorded three stops in the setback for Castleton. The Corsairs outshot the Spartans by a 14-10 margin overall and held a 9-4 advantage in penalty kicks, as each team had six shots on goal for the contest.
Castleton loses four seniors and has 18 eligible returners for the 2020 season.