CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's lacrosse team looks to get back on the winning track as it hosts Kean University Saturday, April 15, at 1 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.
Before the game, the Spartan seniors will be recognized in a short presentation as they play the last regular season weekend home game of their careers. Over the past four years, they have helped Castleton post a 42-25 (.627) record, including a 26-2 (.929) mark within the North Atlantic Conference, plus they played a role in the Spartans' 2015 NAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.
Castleton brings a 6-6 overall record into Saturday's game after losing to SUNY Potsdam last Sunday in overtime, 10-9. Down 7-3 early in the third quarter and 9-6 midway through the fourth period, the Spartans scored three unanswered goals, the last two by Jason Sedell, to force the extra session. As a team, Castleton is averaging 35.8 shots, 11.3 goals, 36.8 ground balls, and 10.0 caused turnovers per game.
Louis Alhage is second in the NAC in assists with 23 and fourth in points with 37, while Sam Siegel is third in the league in goals with 23 and fifth in points with 34. Joshua Gosselin leads the conference and is 18th in the country in faceoff winning percentage, earning 66.0 percent of faceoffs so far this season. Defensively, Brandon Myron is second in the NAC in total saves with 108 and in goals against average at 10.15.
Kean is also 6-6 heading into Saturday's contest, seeing a three-game winning streak snapped with a 14-9 loss at Montclair State this past Wednesday. The Cougars, a member of the Skyline Conference from Union, N.J., are averaging 38.0 shots, 10.6 goals, 29.9 ground balls, and 9.3 caused turnovers per game.
Matt Brodley leads the Cougars with 26 goals and 39 total points, while Alec Ramos has earned 10 goals and a team-high 21 assists for 31 points and Brian Mills has scored 22 goals. Connor Baucom is 16th in the country in faceoff winning percentage, as he is successful on 67.0 percent of his faceoff attempts.
Defensively, Danny Rito leads the team with 14 caused turnovers to go along with 22 ground balls, while Bryan Phillips has caused 13 turnovers. Ryan Sieb has started all but one game in net for the Cougars, posting an 8.52 goals against average and a .534 save percentage with 94 saves.
This will be the seventh meeting all-time between Castleton and Kean, with the Cougars winning the previous six contests. These teams last met on Feb. 22, 2014, in Union, N.J., in the season opener for both squads. Kean won, 11-5, behind six goals and an assist by Matt Speciale, while Will Stuhler led Castleton with two goals.
After Saturday's contest, Castleton closes the regular season with three of four games on the road, starting Tuesday, April 18, at Norwich at 7 p.m.