BANGOR, Maine – After an even first half, Castleton University increased its defensive pressure, allowing just two goals after halftime, to defeat Husson University, 8-6, Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse match at Boucher Field.
The Eagles actually took the lead 1:15 into the third period, as Gunner McAllister scored off an assist by Jacob Boothby. However, that would be the final Husson goal for 20 minutes of game action, as Castleton rattled off four straight goals to take the lead for good, starting with a tally by Kyle Lutinski to tie the game at 5-5.
Just 1:16 later, Kevin McCarthy set up Jason Sedell for an extra-man opportunity goal to give the Spartans the lead for good. Castleton then scored two backbreaking goals, the first by Sam Siegel with 42 seconds remaining in the third period, followed by Sedell's second goal of the game 41 seconds into the fourth period.
Ryan Crowningshield led Castleton with six ground balls, while Sedell also led the Spartans with three caused turnovers to go along with his two goals. Castleton took care of the ball, committing only 18 turnovers while completing 17-of-20 clear attempts.
The game was scoreless until there was less than five minutes remaining in the first period when Shane Centerbar set up Tyler Crowningshield to give the Spartans the lead. Husson took advantage of an extra-man opportunity as Matt Verrill scored off an assist by Brandon Bosse to tie the game at 1-1 heading into the second period.
Husson (3-5, 3-2 NAC) jumped on top just 39 seconds into the period on Verrill's second goal of the game off an assist by Zach Glazier. The Spartans would regain the momentum with two goals in the span of 12 seconds, the first one scored by Lutinski followed by a tally from Ryan Crowningshield to put Castleton back on top, 3-2.
The Eagles would tie the game with another extra-man opportunity goal, this one scored by Blaine Miller. Bosse would score an unassisted goal with 1:03 remaining in the second period to put the Eagles back on top, but Alec Madden responded with a goal with 10 seconds on the clock to create another tie at 4-4 at halftime.
Husson was able to stay in the game thanks to goalie Matt Martin, who finished with 18 saves for a .692 save percentage. Spartan goalie Brandon Myron also enjoyed a solid game, making 13 saves for a .684 save percentage.
Castleton (5-5, 3-0 NAC) heads home in preparation for tomorrow's rescheduled game against Plymouth State scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.