CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University established a lead in the first period and then pulled away in the third period, earning its first win of the 2018 season with a 15-7 victory over Southern Maine Saturday afternoon in a non-conference men's collegiate lacrosse match at Spartan Stadium.
Jason Sedell tied his career high with seven points, scoring five goals and adding two assists. Kevin McCarthy finished with four goals and two assists for a season high six points, while Tyler Crowningshield and Cameron Russell contributed two goals and two assists each.
Castleton took control with three goals early in the first period, starting with a tally by Sam Siegel just 47 seconds into the contest. Sedell assisted on Adnane Adossama's first goal of the season, and then he scored on an extra-man opportunity to give the Spartans a 3-0 advantage just five-and-a-half minutes into the game.
Southern Maine (1-5) finally got on the board with a goal by Seth Wing, but Sedell responded with his second tally of the afternoon to give the Spartans a 4-1 lead after the first period. Russell scored both of his goals in the second period, the second one allowing Castleton to take a 6-3 lead into halftime.
The Spartans put the game away with seven unanswered goals in the third period, with McCarthy scoring three of those goals as well as assisting on goals by Crowningshield and Sedell late in the period. Southern Maine actually outscored Castleton in the fourth period, 4-2, but two of those goals came in the final three minutes, including the last one by Nate Delgiudice right before the buzzer at the end of the game.
Wing ended up with a hat trick for the Huskies, the only Southern Maine player with more than one goal in the game, while Ethan Ouellette earned one goal and three assists. Robert Pini led the Huskies with eight ground balls, and Derek Davidson picked up six ground balls as he went 11-for-19 on faceoffs.
Josh Gosselin led Castleton with seven ground balls as he went 12-for-23 on faceoffs. Defensively, Edward Doton led the team with three caused turnovers, and Brandon Myron made 13 saves before being replaced by Maxx Ingison for the final 8:46 of the contest. Zach Bessette made nine saves for the Huskies as he played close to 56 minutes before Griffin Hanson came on in relief and made one save in the final four minutes.
The Spartans took 51 shots, including 25 shots on goal, committed only 16 turnovers, and went 15-for-19 on clear attempts. On the other hand, the Huskies finished with 35 total shots, including 21 shots on goal, and tied Castleton in both ground balls (23-23) and faceoff wins (12-12).
Castleton (1-4) hosts SUNY Canton Wednesday, March 28, at 4 p.m., followed by the conference opener against Maine Maritime next Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m., both at Spartan Stadium.