NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The Castleton University men's lacrosse team dropped a 13-5 decision on the road at Norwich on Wednesday night as the two teams joined forces for the annual Connor Roberts Memorial Game held on Sabine Field.
Cody Moore led the way with a hat trick for the Cadets. John Jennings had a game-high three assists to go with a goal, and Payden Masaracchia notched a pair of goals and an assist to round out the Norwich offensive leaders. Nick Kandra and Brandon Milburn split the game in net and combined for 16 saves on 21 shots, as Kandra picked up his third win of the season.
For the Spartans, Cameron Russell scored twice and put five shots on target to pace the offense. Kyle Lutinski, Luc Issa, and Matteo Perantoni each scored once. Issa also had a team-high three ground balls. Max Ingison made a career-high nine saves in goal for Castleton.
Norwich held a 3-0 cushion through the opening 11:04 of play before Issa got the Spartans on the board with 2:05 remaining in the first quarter.
The Cadets held the opening faceoff of the second quarter before converting on their ensuing possession. Then, another faceoff win led to a goal within 10 seconds to give Norwich a 5-1 lead. Russell notched his first goal at 13:18 to make it 5-2 before Norwich scored twice within nine seconds to take a 7-2 lead. Perantoni notched an unassisted tally at the 9:31 mark of the second before Moore scored the first of his two consecutive goals to round out the scoring in the first half.
Moore completed the hat trick 47 seconds into the second half. After Russell cut the deficit to five with his second goal with a man advantage, the Cadets went on a 4-1 run to close out the contest.
After the game, both teams joined together to present a check for $4,940 to the family of Connor Roberts. Connor, who passed away from a sudden heart attack after his sophomore season with Norwich lacrosse in 2014, has his life and impact on both Norwich and Castleton University memorialized every year with the Climb for Connor and CJR Memorial Game events during the school year. The money raised by both programs will go directly to the CJR Memorial Foundation, which awards scholarships to high school students and aids youth sports programs in the St. Albans, Vermont area.
Castleton (4-10) returns to action on Saturday at home as it hosts Southern Maine for Senior Day.