CASTLETON, Vt. – The Spartans jumped out to a 9-0 lead in just 13 minutes and had 15 different players record a point overall as the team finished with a 22-3 victory over the University of Maine at Farmington on Saturday at Husson.
Castleton didn't allow a shot in the first quarter and finished 55-12 advantage overall as the team improved to 4-3 on the year and 3-0 in the North Atlantic Conference. The Spartans also picked up 67 ground balls compared to just 39 for UMF and dominated the faceoff circle, winning 23 of 28 faceoffs. For the Beavers, they drop to 0-3 and 0-2 in the NAC.
Offensively, junior Zach Davidson matched a career high with 12 points on six goals and a career-high tying six assists. Senior Alex Green was also solid with three goals and five assists while freshmen Nikolas Rancourt and Austin Titus each added hat tricks. Classmate Luke LeBlanc led the team with 14 ground balls and went an impressive 12-for-14 in the faceoff circle.
For UMF, TC Peters and Sean Berce each scored once and dished off an assist to pace the offense. Jake Linkletter added the third goals. Defensively, Josh Smith had five ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Castleton scored three times in the opening five minutes and kept the offense rolling with six more goals over the next eight minutes. The Beavers got on the board with a pair of goals to start the second quarter but the Spartans came back with the next five goals for the half for a 14-2 advantage.
The second half was once again all Castleton as the team stretched its lead to 18-2 by the end of the third quarter before finishing with the 19-goal victory.
Peter Latulippe earned the win in net, stopping four shots while playing all 60 minutes. Ben Altmaier took the loss for UMF as he recorded 15 saves while allowing all 22 Castleton goals.
The Spartans return to action on Tuesday when they play Green Mountain at 3 pm in Spartan Stadium.