CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton may have been the visitors on the scoreboard but they felt right at home in the friendly confines of Spartan Stadium, scoring 18 times in the first half on the way to a dominant 26-2 victory over Green Mountain on Tuesday.
The Spartans outshot the Eagles 74-7 and managed to dish off 19 assists on their 26 goals as they improved to 5-3 overall and 4-0 in the North Atlantic Conference. They also picked up 64 ground balls and forced 12 turnovers. Green Mountain, meanwhile, dropped to 0-7 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
Junior Zach Davidson led the scoring charge, recording ten points on five goals and five assists, nine of which came in the first half. Freshman Sean Paradis added five goals and one assist while Austin Titus each had three goals and an assist. Zach Devoid added nine ground balls, one goal and one assist while Luc LeBlanc picked up ten ground balls.
Castleton opened the scoring at 11:33 on a goal from Green. The senior then assisted on a score by Paradis two minutes later for the 2-0 advantage. Davidson followed with a goal at 8:34 and Paradis scored his second of the game on a feed from Nikolas Rancourt to make it 4-0. The Spartans added four more goals in the final five minutes of the quarter with three off the stick of Davidson for the 8-0 lead.
In the second, Davidson found Green after a turnover to make it 9-0 just 1:14 into the period. Austin Titus followed with a score and Will Stuhler recorded his first at 10:52 for the 11-0 lead. Goals by Green and Alex Denny made it 13-1 before Charlie Petrick put Green Mountain on the board with 5:49 left. Castleton scored five more times in the final 5:29 of the quarter for the 18-1 lead at the break.
Taylor Swarter led off the scoring in the third quarter off a feed from Davidson at 13:22 and back-to-back goals by Morgan Cornell and Rancourt pushed the lead to 21-1 with 10:16 left in the period. The Eagles scored their second goal at 9:48 but Rancourt and Isaac Devoid made it 23-4 with four minutes remaining in the quarter. Titus added one more for the 24-2 margin at the end of three.
Nick Neugebauer and Devoid provided the final two goals in the last quarter for the 14-goal victory.
Eric Horsfield got the start in net and earned his first victory of the year while playing the opening 30 minutes. Conner Garand played the final 30 minutes, making two saves while allowing a single goal. Luke Carey took the loss for the Eagles in net, but make 22 saves between the pipes.
The Spartans return to action on Thursday when they host Plymouth St. for a 7 pm contest.