CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University took an early lead, withstood a charge by the Curry College offense, and pulled away late for a 12-8 victory Tuesday evening in a non-conference collegiate men's lacrosse game at Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans scored the first four goals of the game, starting with a tally by Louis Alhage off an assist from Ryan Stone. Jason Sedell picked up consecutive goals one-and-a-half minutes apart, and then Tom Pardew set up Peyton Faasse to give Castleton a 4-0 lead with 6:47 left in the first quarter.
After the two teams exchanged goals at the end of the first period, Curry earned four goals by four different players in the first half of the second period to tie the game at 5-5. Castleton responded with goals 45 seconds apart, as Sam Siegel set up Pardew for his second goal of the season, and Alhage assisted on Nik Rancourt's first goal of the season to give the Spartans a two-goal advantage heading into halftime.
Curry (2-1) scored five minutes into the third quarter to close to within one, but Micky Prozinski took a feed from Pardew and found the back of the net five minutes later to reestablish a two-goal lead for the Spartans. The Colonels would close to within one seven seconds into the fourth period as Devin Newell set up Brandon Flaim for a goal after Curry won the faceoff.
Sedell completed his hat trick four minutes into the final period, and then Devoid and Pardew picked up their second goals of the game respectively to ice the game for Castleton. Meanwhile, goalie Brandon Myron made six saves in the final quarter, finishing with 14 saves as he earned his first career victory in net.
Pardew finished with two goals and three assists for five points, while Alhage collected a goal and three assists for four total points. Alhage, Faasse, and Joshua Gosselin collected six ground balls apiece, and Malik Hines led the Spartan defense by causing three turnovers.
Castleton (1-1) is right back in action Wednesday, March 8, traveling to Plattsburgh, N.Y., for a neutral-site game against nationally-ranked St. Lawrence starting at 4 p.m. The Spartans' next home game is Saturday, March 11, against Southern Maine beginning at 2 p.m.