NEWTON, Mass. – Castleton University took the lead late in the second period and never gave it up, playing tough defense and keeping possession in the second half to defeat Mount Ida College, 12-7, Friday night in a non-conference men's collegiate lacrosse match at Alumni Field.
Mount Ida (4-1) struck first four minutes into the game thanks to a goal by Da'Zhon Johnston, and the Mustangs controlled the play through the first half of the first period. The Spartans ramped up its offensive attack with three goals in the span of 1:53, with two goals by Ryan Stone sandwiched around a tally from Sam Frackleton.
The Mustangs cut their deficit in half on a goal by Ryan Trinque, but Castleton answered one minute later with Stone's third goal of the match, giving the Spartans a 4-2 lead after one quarter. Mount Ida would tie the game early in the second period, as Kyle Ton scored a goal and then assisted on Marcus Donahue's game-tying goal with 9:20 left in the period.
Castleton retook the lead on a goal by Jason Sedell, but Mount Ida came right back, tying the game 33 seconds later on a tally from Wyatt Sullivan. The Spartans would take a 7-5 lead into halftime when Nik Rancourt set up Louis Alhage, and then Stone picked up his fourth goal of the contest, the second one off an assist by Sam Siegel.
Each team scored once in the third period, with Stone setting up Alhage for Castleton's goal. In the fourth period, Siegel earned his third assist of the game, setting up Isaac Devoid to increase the Spartan lead back to three, but Mount Ida once again pulled to within two on Donahue's second goal of the match to make the score 9-7 with 8:20 remaining in regulation.
The Spartans pulled away with three goals, as Devoid earned his second tally of the game, Alhage completed his hat trick, and Tom Pardew closed out the scoring in the final minute. In the match, Castleton took more shots than Mount Ida (44-39) and won more ground balls (38-29).
Stone earned his first career collegiate hat trick, finishing with career highs in goals (four) and points (five) as he also earned an assist. Alhage collected three goals, Devoid helped Castleton pull away with two fourth quarter goals, and Siegel led the Spartans with three assists in the match.
Joshua Gosselin dominated the faceoff circle for the Spartans, winning 17 of 22 faceoffs to give Castleton initial possession. Brandon Myron earned a career-high 16 saves for the Spartans, holding the previously-unbeaten Mustangs to two goals in the second half.
Donahue led the Mustangs with two goals, while Ton and Chad Coehlo finished with one goal and one assist apiece. Cam Hayward finished with 19 saves as he attempted to keep Mount Ida in the match.
Castleton (2-2) will host Plymouth State Tuesday, March 21, starting at 4 p.m. at Spartan Stadium in a contest originally scheduled for Sunday, March 19, but postponed to give the facilities crew more time to prepare the field after this week's major snowstorm.