CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University continually put pressure on Thomas College, and that offensive attack finally saw results with eight goals in the fourth period as the Spartans pulled away for a 17-2 victory over the Terriers Saturday morning in a North Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse match at Spartan Stadium.
Castleton has now won eight of its last nine games to improve to 8-5 overall, plus the Spartans are now 5-0 within the league, a half-game ahead of New England College in the NAC standings with nine days remaining in the conference regular season schedule.
The Spartans continually gained possession thanks to Josh Gosselin, who won all 23 face-offs taken during the game, the most face-off wins without a loss in Division III this season. Jason Sedell led Castleton with four goals, Kyle Lutinski earned two goals and five assists for seven total points, and Tyler Crowningshield, Kevin McCarthy, and Sam Siegel also scored two goals apiece.
It took over 11 minutes before the first goal of the game was scored by McCarthy, but only seven seconds after that before the second goal by Siegel. Sedell and Lutinski would score goals 47 seconds apart to extend the Spartan lead to 4-0 after the first period.
Thomas (2-6, 2-3 NAC) broke through just 1:37 into the second period as Jacob Kendall earned his ninth goal of the season. With 6:56 left in the second period, Nick Aleksonis collected his second goal in as many games, giving Castleton a 5-1 lead at halftime.
Crowningshield picked up his first goal of the game early in the third period, but Thomas responded midway through the period with a goal by Colby Blondin. Castleton once again struck quickly in the final seconds when Crowningshield and Sedell scored just 12 seconds apart to increase the Spartan lead to 9-2 after the third period.
Siegel started the eight-goal fourth period with a tally 49 seconds into the session, and then he assisted on Sedell's third goal of the day 41 seconds later. Sedell and Colin Clark scored goals 30 seconds apart midway through the period, just 58 seconds elapsed between goals by Alec Madden and McCarthy later in the frame, and Matt Gomes concluded the day's scoring with his fourth tally of the season.
Thomas goalie Connor Lamberton earned 21 saves, including 14 saves in the first half to keep the Terriers close to the Spartans. Maxx Ingison received the first start of his collegiate career in net for Castleton and made one save in the first half, while Dakota Jones took over in the second half and was credited with one save of his own.
Castleton plays its final regular season home game Wednesday, April 18, against Johnson State beginning at 7 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.