PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – Plattsburgh State took early control of Wednesday's match and never relinquished it, as the Cardinals defeated Castleton University, 12-4, in a non-conference men's collegiate lacrosse match at the Field House Complex.
Plattsburgh State jumped on the board just two-and-a-half minutes into the game on a goal by Billy Moller. Ryan Hubbard scored his first goal of the game less than two minutes later, and Brandon Heimbuch followed with a tally two minutes after that.
Hubbard was the offensive star for the Cardinals in the first half, assisting on a goal by Jake Carroll with 3:57 left in the first quarter. Hubbard would earn his hat trick with two goals in the second quarter to give Plattsburgh State a 6-0 advantage with 6:37 remaining in the second quarter.
The Spartans would finally get on the board late in the second quarter, taking advantage of a Cardinal penalty as Jason Sedell found Kevin McCarthy for a successful extra-man opportunity. Just 10 seconds after Plattsburgh State scored the first goal of the second half, Cameron Russell picked up the ensuing faceoff and found McCarthy, who sent a line drive into the net for his second tally of the game.
Plattsburgh State (1-0) continued to increase its lead in the third quarter, including two more goals by Hubbard. The Cardinals scored two goals in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter to extend their lead into double digits, but Colin Clark answered with a goal midway through the period off an assist by Kyle Lutinski.
With just over a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, McCarthy completed his hat trick with Russell picking up his second assist of the game. It is McCarthy's third hat trick as a Spartan, while Russell enjoyed the first multiple-point game of his collegiate career, plus he led Castleton with five ground balls.
Brandon Myron collected a career-high 19 saves as Plattsburgh State took 51 shots, over twice as many as Castleton with 25 shots. Austin Graham started the game in net for the Cardinals and made four saves before Donald Tesoriero took over early in the fourth quarter, earning three saves in the final 12 minutes of the game.
Castleton (0-1) returns to Plattsburgh Sunday, March 4, for a neutral-site match against St. Lawrence, ranked 10th in this week's USILA coaches' poll, starting at 1 p.m.