LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – Once again, Castleton University scored early and often, taking control of Tuesday's men's lacrosse match right from the start and defeating Lyndon State College, 17-3, in a North Atlantic Conference contest.
Jason Sedell started the scoring just 30 seconds into the contest as Castleton scored all five goals of the first quarter. Kevin McCarthy led the Spartans in the opening quarter with two goals and one assist, with Nik Rancourt and Isaac Devoid also scoring for Castleton.
Lyndon State (9-6, 5-2 NAC) scored the first goal of the second quarter, as Shea Jones set up Ian Pelkey for a goal with 8:20 remaining in the first half. However, the Spartans would continue their offensive attack later in the period, as Devoid assisted on goals by Louis Alhage and Sedell exactly two minutes apart, and then Sam Frackleton scored seven seconds after Sedell's tally to give Castleton an 8-1 halftime advantage.
Just as in the first quarter, Castleton scored all five goals in the third quarter, beginning with an unassisted goal by Sam Siegel less than one minute after halftime. Later in the period, McCarthy scored consecutive goals 37 seconds apart, with Ryan Stone receiving a pass from Frackleton and scoring one minute later. Devoid would earn his second goal of the game with nine seconds left in the third quarter to extend the Spartan lead to 13-1.
Similar to the second quarter, Lyndon State scored the first goal of the fourth quarter thanks to Konner Bick off an assist from Spencer Aubin. Sedell would complete his hat trick and then, after Zachary Carey scored for the Hornets, Castleton would score three goals in a two-minute span late in the fourth period, as Siegel assisted on goals by Drew Wood and McCarthy while Alhage earned an unassisted tally of his own.
McCarthy, a transfer from Lyndon State, returned to his former school and led the Spartans with a season-high five goals, while Sedell earned his fifth hat trick of the season. Devoid earned a career-high four points on two goals and two assists, Alhage also scored twice, and Siegel collected three assists for the third time in 2017.
The Spartans continually gained possession thanks to Joshua Gosselin, who won 21-of-24 faceoffs (87.5 percent) and collected 11 ground balls. Defensively, Alhage caused four turnovers and goalie Brandon Myron earned the victory after making four saves during the afternoon.
No Lyndon State player earned more than one point as the Hornets were outshot, 60-12, plus Lyndon State was called for 13 penalties. Hornet goalie Shane Morin made 20 saves, 14 of them in the second half as Castleton continued to press the action when 11 of the Hornet infractions were called after halftime.
Castleton (9-8, 6-1 NAC) looks for its fifth NAC Tournament title over the past eight years as the Spartans begin postseason play. Official seedings and pairings will be announced later Tuesday after the conclusion of the Husson-Maine Maritime game.