CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's lacrosse team enters a busy week featuring three contests in the span of five days, including a home game against a regional rival and the first North Atlantic Conference match of the season.
The Spartans will host Plymouth State Tuesday, March 21, at 4 p.m. at Spartan Stadium before heading to Maine for a weekend road trip. Castleton will face Southern Maine Friday, March 24, at 2 p.m., followed by the conference opener at Maine Maritime Saturday, March 25, at 1 p.m.
Castleton evened its 2017 record to 2-2 with a 12-7 victory at previously unbeaten Mount Ida last Friday. Ryan Stone scored a career-high four goals and added an assist for five total points, also a career high, while Louis Alhage contributed three goals and Sam Siegel dished out three assists. Brandon Myron posted a save percentage of nearly 70 percent as he stopped 16 Mustang shots, a personal best for the sophomore.
So far this season, Isaac Devoid and Jason Sedell lead the Spartans with six goals apiece, with Alhage earning five goals and six assists for 11 total points, pacing the squad in both assists and points. Myron has settled in as Castleton's starting goalie, posting a 13.36 goals against average and a .500 save percentage with 53 saves, second-best in the NAC.
Plymouth State is 0-2 so far in 2017 with losses to the University of New England (20-9) and Lasell in overtime (12-11). The Panthers have not played since March 8, with contests against Norwich, Massachusetts Maritime, and Castleton postponed to future dates.
Nicco Sorrentino, Colin Claflin, and Mac Tetreault lead the Panthers with four goals apiece, with Sorrentino also leading the team with four assists and eight total points. Kyle Stockman has taken the vast majority of the faceoffs for Plymouth State, winning 67.4 percent (31-of-46) of those draws. In net, Charlie Harrington played the second half of the UNE match as well as the entire Lasell contest, posting a 14.14 goals against average and a .450 save percentage.
This will be the 11th straight year that Castleton and Plymouth State have faced each other, with the Panthers holding an 8-2 series advantage. Last season, the Spartans scored six of the final seven goals of the match to defeat the Panthers, 11-8. Sedell led Castleton with two goals and three assists, while Kyle Lutinski, Alhage, and Tom Pardew each finished with two goals and two assists.
Southern Maine brings a 1-1 record into the week, with a contest at Becker scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, before the Huskies host the Spartans. After a 19-2 loss at MIT to open the season, Southern Maine defeated Maine Maritime, 17-6, on March 6, the last time the Huskies were in action.
Jeff Urmston leads Southern Maine with five goals, while five other players have earned two goals apiece so far this season. Along with his two goals, Keegan Smith has seven assists for a team-leading nine points. Zach Bessette has started both matches in net for the Huskies, with Alex Leblanc playing the fourth period in both contests.
This will be the fifth meeting all-time between Castleton and Southern Maine, with the Spartans winning the previous four contests. The two teams last met in Gorham, Maine, on April 8, 2014, an 8-5 Castleton victory as the Spartans scored the first seven goals of the match.
Maine Maritime will bring an 0-4 overall record into Saturday's contest, including an 0-1 record within the NAC after losing to Lyndon State this past Saturday, 14-10. As a team, the Mariners are averaging 5.25 goals, 27.3 shots, and 36.5 ground balls per game.
Alex Grant-Roy leads the Mariners with eight goals and four assists for 12 total points, with Chase Whittemore contributing six goals so far this season. Daniel Lee has started all four games in net for Maine Maritime, but John Stolz has come on in relief in each of the last three contests.
This will be the 18th meeting all-time between Castleton and Maine Maritime, with the Spartans winning 15 straight games and holding a 16-1 series advantage over the Mariners. Last season at Spartan Stadium, Castleton scored the first 10 goals of the match on its way to a 22-6 victory, led by Pardew's hat trick.
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