CASTLETON, Vt. – The Spartans led 13-9 early in the fourth quarter before Mount Ida closed the gap to just one in the final three minutes, but Castleton locked down defensively to securing a 15-13 victory on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium
Leading 14-13 in the final two minutes, the Spartan defense held strong and eventually forced a turnover with 1:24 left. Zach Devoid picked up the ball and helped keep possession until the final ten seconds, when he ripped a shot from ten yards out for the two-goal lead to put it away.
Castleton was outshot 52-27 in the contest, but put 21 of those on target to improve to 2-3 on the year. Mount Ida won 21 of 30 faceoffs and grabbed more ground balls, 41-35, but dropped to 3-3.
Senior Peter Latulippe was impressive in net, making 17 saves and giving up ten goals over 57:56 to earn the win. It is his 28th career win, setting a new Castleton record. Cam Hayward took the loss as he allowed 15 goals and made six saves between the pipes.
Junior Louis Alhage dished off a career-high six assists with two goals, while Tom Pardew registered his first career hat trick. Jason Sedell added two goals, two assists, five ground balls and four caused turnovers. Peyton Faasse picked up a team-high seven ground balls.
Jon Berry led the Mustang offense with six goals, two assists and three ground balls, while Wyatt Sullivan chipped in three goals, one assist and three ground balls. Alex Zito dominated faceoffs, winning 20 of 28 and picking up 12 ground balls.
Castleton jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening 8:35 on goals by Alhage, Pardew, Sedell and Siegal. However, Mount Ida responded with three more before the end of the first to close the gap to 4-3.
Berry then added two straight goals, the second coming with 11:11 left to put the Mustangs on top, 5-4. However, less than 30 seconds later defender Malik Hines took the ball the length of the field and rifled a shot into the back of the net to tie it 5-5. Pardew follwed up with a goal 16 seconds later for a 6-5 advantage with 10:55 remaining. Castleton added two more goals for an 8-5 halftime lead.
The Spartans outscored Mount Ida 3-1 early in the third for a four-goal lead, but the Mustangs responded with three goals to trim the deficit to 11-9. Castleton then extended its lead to 13-9 early in the fourth and held a 14-11 advantage with 5:08 remaining. However, back-to-back Mount Ida goals made just 14-13, setting up the final 2:48.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday when they host Thomas at 12 pm in Spartan Stadium