Spartans Shut Down Thomas 16-3
Castleton, Vt. - The Spartans had seven members of the squad score as they earned their first North Atlantic Conference win of the season, beating Thomas 16-3 on Sunday, March 23 at Spartan Stadium. Zach Davidson led the way for Castleton with seven points.
Davidson finished the game with two goals and a season-high five assists to lead the Spartan scorers. Alex Green and Taylor Swarter each had three goals and two assists, while Will Stuhler, Alex Denny, Michael Ruggiero, and Sean Paradis each netted a pair of goals as well.
The team got off to a slow start in the first quarter, trading goals in the first three minutes. Davidson put the Spartans on the board 1:07 into the game, but Gunnar Shelton provided an answer for the Terriers just 1:49 later to tie the game at 1-1. A goal from Ruggiero with 9:20 remaining in the period started the Spartans on a 9-1 run to end the first half, putting Castleton ahead 10-2 at the halftime break.
In the third quarter, Taylor Swarter led the Spartan offense, scoring a pair of goals to extend the Castleton advantage to 12-2. Shelton notched his second goal of the game for the Terriers at the 3:20 mark of the third period to cut the lead to 12-3.
Castleton continued their offensive surge in the final frame, adding four more goals in the first five minutes of the quarter before finally relenting. Davidson played puppeteer behind the Thomas net, stringing together assists on three of the Spartans' four goals in the fourth quarter.
Peter Latulippe earned the win in net for the Spartans making one save and allowing two goals in the first 40:09 of play. Sam Polas made a pair of saves and allowed one goal in the final 16:41. Carlos Cardona took the loss for the Terriers, but made 10 saves in 52:47 in net. Dakota Gendreau played the final 4:03 for the visiting squad. The game was cut short with 3:10 remaining due to a serious injury sustained by a Thomas player.
Castleton improves to to 2-3 on the season, and begins their NAC campaign with a 1-0 record. The Spartans have won 11 straight games against conference opponents dating back to the 2012 campaign. Castleton will return to action on Tuesday, March 25 when they host Lyndon St. at 7:00pm.