CASTLETON, Vt. – After close to a week off, the Castleton University men's lacrosse team returns to competition with two road games in four days, traveling to play Curry College Saturday, March 10, at 2 p.m. and SUNY Potsdam Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m.
Castleton is still looking for its first victory of the season after losses to Plattsburgh State and St. Lawrence to start the year.
Kevin McCarthy has scored four of the Spartans' six goals so far this season, tied for fourth in goals in the North Atlantic Conference. Defensively, Brandon Myron is third in the league in goals against average (15.10), tied for third in both saves (30) and fewest goals against (28), and fifth in save percentage (.517).
Curry College is also 0-2 entering Saturday's game, suffering an overtime loss at Johnson & Wales (12-11) as well as a close loss at Babson (15-11) this past Tuesday. The Colonels were picked to finish fifth in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) preseason poll after going 10-9 last year, including 3-5 within the league.
Tom Cashin and MJ Urbano lead the Colonels with six goals and two assists apiece, with Cashin also collecting six groundballs so far this season. Dylan Cromwell is 21-for-28 (.750) in faceoffs, while Zach White is 19-for-25 (.760), plus he has earned a team-high 17 groundballs.
Josh Teller has started both games in net for Curry, posting a 11.00 goals against average with a .500 save percentage. Jake Sangiovanni has been the goalie in the second half both times this season, compiling a 15.06 goals against average and a .333 save percentage.
This will be the fourth meeting all-time between Castleton and Curry, with the Spartans holding a 2-1 series edge. Last season at Spartan Stadium, Castleton took a 5-1 lead in the first quarter, allowed Curry to scored four straight goals to tie the game at 5-5, and then pulled away for a 12-8 victory. Jason Sedell led Castleton with three goals, while Jack McMenomey scored twice for Curry.
SUNY Potsdam is 0-2 entering a contest against Utica Saturday before hosting the Spartans Tuesday. The Bears lost to St. John Fisher (11-7) and to SUNY Canton (10-8). SUNY Potsdam was picked to finish sixth in the SUNYAC preseason poll after going 4-9 last season, including 1-5 within the conference.
Eric Soderquist leads the Bears offensively with three goals and two assists, while Lukas Baildon and Nick Slate have also scored three goals apiece for SUNY Potsdam. Defensively, Sean Coe has started both games in net for the Bears, posting an 11.69 goals against average and a .512 save percentage.
Castleton and SUNY Potsdam are meeting for the sixth time in history, with the Bears winning the previous five contests. Last season at Spartan Stadium, Castleton scored three goals in the final seven minutes of regulation, the last two by Sedell, to tie the game at 9-9 and send it into overtime before Casey Boulio scored with one minute left in the first overtime period to give the Bears the 10-9 victory.
After Tuesday's game, Castleton will play six straight home contests, beginning Saturday, March 17, against Lyndon at 1 p.m.