Castleton, Vt. – The Spartans fell behind early and made it a close late but couldn't complete the comeback attempt as they fell 11-8 to Potsdam St. on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
Castleton was outshot 53-33 but picked up 43 ground balls compared to 28 for the Bears as the Spartans dropped to 5-3 on the year. Potsdam St. improved to 4-2 with the win.
The Bears got on the board first, as Derek Frost scored off a pass from Matt Kennedy just 1:55 into the contest for the 1-0 lead. Frost scored two minutes later for the 2-0 advantage and Brady Fremont made it 3-0 at 10:37.
Potsdam added two more goals in the final four minutes to take a 5-0 lead. Senior Sam Bailey broke up the run with an unassisted score with just 1:16 left in the first quarter.
One minute into the second, Spencer Hunt fired a pass from behind the net to a charging Bailey. In one motion he caught the ball and flipped a shot behind his head past the goalie for the score. Neither team could add another score before the half as the Spartans went into the break down 5-2.
Rob Kunz pushed the Potsdam St. lead to 6-2 just 2:24 into the second half. However, the Spartans responded with a pair of goals. Alex Green scored at 8:09 and Zach Davidson added his own at 7:13 to make it 6-4.
Frost broke up the run with a goal at 5:33; however, Castleton kept pressing and came through in the final minute. Nohea King scored at 1:00 off a pass from Bailey and then Luke Titus made it a one-goal game with just 32 seconds remaining in the third.
The Spartans looked like they had the equalizer on a beautiful attempt by Davidson, but it was ruled he was inside the crease and the goal was disallowed. The Bears responded on their next possession on a goal by Pat Morill. Potsdam added two goals in the next minute and a half to push its lead to 10-6.
Will Stuhler scored at 12:14 and Green added one two minutes later to make it a two-goal game, though the Bears added one more in the final five minutes to finish with the 11-8 victory.
Freshman Peter Latulippe took the loss in net, stopping 11 shots while Stefan Sloma also made 11 saves to earn the win.
The Spartans return to action when they face Thomas on April 6 at 3:30 pm.