Castleton, Vt. – The Spartans won their seventh straight game and finished perfect in the North Atlantic Conference play with their 24-2 victory over Lyndon on Wednesday evening at Spartan Stadium.
Castleton established its dominance from the get go, scoring eight times in the first quarter, and sophomore Zach Davidson once again etched his name in the program record books as the Spartans improved to 12-3 on the year and 8-0 in the NAC. The Hornets concluded their season with a 1-11 mark overall.
Davidson notched three goals and four assists in the contest for a team-high seven points. His fourth assist, less than two minutes into the second half gave his 85 for his career, breaking the previous program record of 84 set by Rob Regna back in 2005. Davidson's 48 assists this year are also a single-season Castleton record.
Junior Alex Green and senior Spencer Hunt led the Spartan attack with four goals and one assist apiece. Phil Patterson added one goal and three assists while Cody Katzenberger had two goals and two assists.
Sam Bailey led off the scoring just 13:37 into the first period off a pass from Nohea King. Luke Titus followed just over a minute later and Paul Saulsbury made it 3-0 off a pass from Patterson with 10:01 remaining. Davidson and Green scored 16 seconds apart for the 5-0 advantage. Castleton added three more goals before Lyndon's Brian Sawyer put the Hornets on the board.
In the second Hunt opened up the scoring just 1:45 into the quarter. Goals by Davidson and Kenny Bourneuf pushed the lead to 10-1 at 6:58. The Spartans pushed their lead to 15-1 at the half, the final score coming on a shot from Will Stuhler off a pass from King.
Castleton extended its lead to 22-1 in the third quarter before Timothy Patten scoring with 1:58 left in the period. The Spartans received goals from Saulsbury and Taylor Swarter in the final quarter for the 24-2 victory.
Lyndon's Matthew Reynolds took the loss, playing the first 45 minutes and making 18 saves while giving up 22 goals. Peter Latulippe took the victory for Castleton, making two saves and allowing a single goal in 15 minutes. Eric Horsfield and Sam Polas also saw time in net.
The Spartans return to action on Monday when they travel to Norwich to face the Cadets.