CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University and Plymouth State engaged in a hard-fought defensive battle until the final period, when the Panthers scored the final four goals of the match to defeat the Spartans, 10-6, Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference collegiate men's lacrosse contest at Spartan Stadium.
With the score tied 3-3 heading into the final period, Mac Tetreault scored eight seconds into the quarter to give Plymouth State a one-goal lead. Drew Lederer earned his first goal of the season three minutes into the fourth period to extend the Panther advantage to 5-3.
One minute later, Louis Alhage took a pass from Jason Sedell and found the back of the net, but Plymouth State reestablished a two-goal lead on Tetreault's second tally of the game with 9:29 remaining in regulation. Alhage completed his hat trick with an unassisted goal with 6:08 left on the clock, and then Sam Frackleton picked up his second goal of the season with 4:39 to go to tie the game at 6-6.
Plymouth State (1-2) would score the eventual game-winning goal with 2:18 remaining in the period as Tetreault set up Chris Waterbury for his first goal of the season. Pete Allen scored one minute later to give the Panthers a two-goal lead, and then Plymouth State took advantage of a man-up situation, as Adam Haversat and Colin Claflin each scored in the final minute of the game.
Neither team scored in the first period before Nicco Sorrentino broke through for the Panthers with consecutive goals in the second period. Sedell set up Alhage for Castleton's first goal of the game with 22 seconds remaining before halftime, and then Alhage found Nik Rancourt for a man-up tally early in the third period to tie the game at 2-2.
Isaac Devoid gave Castleton a 3-2 lead with 8:40 remaining in the third period on a goal off a Sedell assist, but Sorrentino completed his hat trick three minutes later to pull Plymouth State into the 3-3 tie. Plymouth State took 26 of its 38 shots in the second half as the offensive intensity ramped up further into the contest.
Alhage earned his second hat trick in as many games, plus picked up an assist for four total points, while Sedell tied a career high with three assists. Defensively, Peyton Faasse led the Spartans with four ground balls and four caused turnovers, and Brandon Myron made 11 saves during the contest.
Sorrentino finished with three goals and one assist, and Tetreault notched two goals and two assists for the Panthers. Nick Bath caused five turnovers, Haversat finished with six ground balls and four caused turnovers, and goalie Charlie Harrington collected 10 saves in the winning effort.
Castleton (2-3) hits the road this weekend for games at Southern Maine Friday, March 24, at 2 p.m. and at Maine Maritime Saturday, March 25, at 1 p.m. Plymouth State remains on the road to take on Plattsburgh State Thursday, March 23, at 4 p.m.