CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University men's lacrosse team fell behind early and could not muster enough offense for a comeback, as New England College earned a 10-4 victory Wednesday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference game at Spartan Stadium.
New England College (6-4, 3-0 NAC) scored three minutes into the game on an unassisted tally by William Pendleton. Seven minutes later, Sean Largay set up Matt Richard for the first of his two goals in the game, and then Largay earned his own goal with 3:34 remaining in the first period to give the Pilgrims a 3-0 lead.
The Spartans took advantage of an extra-man opportunity late in the first period, as Jason Sedell scored his 10th goal of the season off an assist by Nik Rancourt. However, New England College extended its lead in the second period thanks to four unanswered goals, including the second goals of the game for both Largay and Pendleton.
Sam Siegel tallied Castleton's next two goals to close the Spartan deficit to 7-3 at halftime. In the second half, New England College scored three of the four goals, with Richard and Jacob Blanchette picking up their second goals of the game. Sam Frackleton set up Siegel for his third straight hat trick with 20 seconds remaining in the third period.
Castleton lost despite Joshua Gosselin winning 14-of-16 faceoffs and leading all players with seven ground balls. Connor Fries led New England College with five ground balls and three caused turnovers as the Pilgrims forced 10 of Castleton's 23 turnovers.
Pilgrim goalie William Platt made 11 saves in earning the victory, while Spartan netminder Brandon Myron finished with seven saves.
Castleton (4-4, 1-1 NAC) hits the road for two straight, starting Saturday, April 1, at Thomas College starting at 12 noon. The Spartans then face MIT on the road Tuesday, April 4, at 4 p.m. before home games next weekend against Husson (April 8) and SUNY Potsdam (April 9), both starting at 1 p.m.