CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University established an early lead, was able to gain possession throughout the contest, and then pulled away late for a 6-2 victory over Maine Maritime Academy Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse match at Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans struck first two minutes into the contest when Ryan Stone set up Sam Siegel for his seventh goal of the season. With less than eight minutes remaining in the opening period, Siegel received a pass from Kyle Lutinski and sent a shot into the net for his second tally of the afternoon.
Just over a minute later, Siegel would find Jason Sedell for his first goal of the game, extending the Castleton lead to 3-0. The Mariners would break through late in the first period, as Sawyer Watson scored off an assist by Zeke Tocci with 40 seconds left on the clock.
Maine Maritime (0-5, 0-2 NAC) would stay within two goals thanks to goalie Isaiah Weston, who made eight of his 13 saves in the first half. Weston turned away four Castleton shots in the second period, but the Mariners took only three total shots as neither team scored, keeping the score at 3-1 at halftime.
Tocci would score an unassisted goal just 1:49 into the third period to close the Mariner deficit to one at 3-2, but Lutinski responded with his own unassisted tally to increase the Spartan advantage back to two at 4-2 with 9:40 left in the third period.
The Spartans put the game away in the fourth period, first with Sedell's second goal of the game off an assist by Stone. On the field during a game for the first time in 2018, Matt Gomes thrilled his family on Senior Day with his first career goal in the final minute of the contest to conclude the scoring.
Siegel, another of the eight seniors recognized before the game, led the Spartans with two goals and two assists, with fellow senior Stone earning two assists. Josh Gosselin was a perfect 11-for-11 on faceoffs, the first time the senior has won all of his faceoffs when taking at least five draws. Among the other seniors, Ryan Crowningshield collected six ground balls, Edward Doton earned three ground balls and a caused turnover, Kevin McCarthy took six shots, five of them on goal, and Nathan Bushweller also saw time on the field for the fourth time this season.
William Evon led Maine Maritime with six ground balls and three caused turnovers, while Nathan Granholm finished with five ground balls and three caused turnovers. The Mariners could get only two shots past Castleton goalie Brandon Myron, who finished with seven saves during the afternoon.
Castleton (3-4, 1-0 NAC) hits the road for the first time in over three weeks, facing SUNY Potsdam Tuesday, April 3, starting at 7 p.m. The next night, the Spartans will face Green Mountain College at Spartan Stadium beginning at 7 p.m. instead of in Poultney as originally scheduled.