CASTLETON, Vt. – After spotting Husson University two goals in the first period, Castleton University scored seven unanswered goals in the first half, and then the Spartans put the game away with 14 consecutive goals in the second half to defeat the Eagles, 21-6, Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse game at Spartans Stadium.
Husson (2-5, 1-1 NAC) took a 2-0 lead six minutes into the game on goals by Blaine Miller and Brooks Gay, both assisted on by Zach Glazier. One minute after Gay's goal, Kyle Lutinski found Sam Siegel for Castleton's first goal, and then Wyatt Pickrell earned an unassisted tally to tie the game at 2-2.
In the second period, Lutinski scored off an assist by Jason Sedell, and then Castleton extended its lead with three man-up goals. Sedell would score an unassisted goal to give the Spartans a 7-2 lead, but Gay would earn goals with 56 seconds left in the first half and just over two minutes gone in the second half to close the Eagle deficit to 7-4.
Colin Clark and Lutinski started Castleton's offensive surge with unassisted goals, and then Lutinski assisted on Kevin McCarthy's second goal of the game. The Spartans would continue to find the net with their shots through the rest of the third period and most of the fourth quarter before Husson earned the final two goals of the match in the last 2:27 of regulation.
Siegel and Sedell each earned hat tricks to lead the Spartans, while Lutinski and McCarthy finished with two goals and two assists apiece. Tyler Crowningshield and Tom Pardew also notched two goals apiece for Castleton, Louis Alhage finished with a goal and two assists, Connor Balestra assisted on two fourth-quarter tallies, and eight other Castleton players were credited with either a goal or an assist.
Joshua Gosselin once again played a major role in Castleton gaining possession throughout the game, winning 21-of-23 faceoffs and picking up 16 ground balls, including one on his final faceoff of the game when he raced down the field and slung the ball into the net for his first goal of the season. Brandon Myron made five saves over the first 51 minutes of the game before being replaced in net by Dakota Jones, who earned two saves in the final nine minutes.
Gay earned a hat trick for the Eagles, and Glazier finished with three assists. Matt Martin played the first three quarters in net for Husson and made eight saves before being relieved by Nick Zavorotny at the start of the fourth quarter.
Castleton (6-5, 3-1 NAC) hosts SUNY Potsdam in a non-conference contest Sunday, April 9, at 1 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. Husson travels to Thomas College for a NAC matchup against the Terriers Wednesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m.