WATERVILLE, Maine – After three consecutive multiple-point games over the past week, junior Kyle Lutinski has been named the North Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week, announced Monday by the league office.
Lutinski dished out two assists in Thursday's 12-1 victory over Lyndon, assisting on goals in the first and third periods to help the Spartans pull away from the Hornets. Saturday, he tied his career high with seven points, earning two goals and five assists as well as two ground balls and two caused turnovers as Castleton defeated Thomas, 17-2.
Against the Terriers, Lutinski assisted on consecutive goals late in the first period before scoring his own with 58 seconds left in the quarter to give Castleton a 4-0 lead. He earned two more assists in the third period as Castleton started to pull away, and then he picked up an unassisted goal as well as his fifth assist during the Spartans' 8-0 fourth period that put the game away.
Sunday at Kean, Lutinski scored the first goal of the game with just 3:08 elapsed to give the Spartans the early lead, and then he assisted on Kevin McCarthy's 100th career collegiate goal later in the opening period to extend the Castleton lead to 3-1. He also collected a season-high four ground balls against the Cougars.
For the season, Lutinski now leads the team and is second in the NAC with 15 assists, close to his season assist totals from the previous two years (17 in 2016, 18 in 2017). This is his third career weekly award from the league, as he previously was named Rookie of the Week April 4, 2016, and Player of the Week April 10, 2017.
A Spartan has been named NAC Player of the Week for the second straight time, with Tyler Crowningshield receiving the honor last Monday. In addition, Brandon Myron has been named NAC Defensive Player of the Week three times so far this season.
Castleton (8-6, 5-0 NAC) plays its final regular season home game Wednesday, April 18, against Johnson State beginning at 7 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.