CASTLETON, Vt. – Sam Siegel and Tyler Crowningshield each notched their first hat trick of the season, with Crowningshield scoring his third goal with 1:57 remaining in regulation to give Castleton University an 11-10 victory over SUNY Canton Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference men's collegiate lacrosse match at Spartan Stadium.
Part of Castleton's success came from four goals on the extra-man opportunity, starting with Siegel's first goal of the game in the first period. Jake Sutton tied the game for SUNY Canton just 45 seconds later, but Crowningshield responded with his first goal of the afternoon just over a minute later to give the Spartans an early 2-1 lead.
SUNY Canton (6-3) pulled ahead late in the first period on goals by Trenton Yule and Josh Yelvington, but Jason Sedell set up Kevin McCarthy for a goal with five seconds left in the first period to tie the game at 3-3. Dante Coco scored twice in the span of 26 seconds midway through the second period to put the Kangaroos on top, 6-4, but after he completed his hat trick to give SUNY Canton another two-goal cushion, Crowningshield scored his second goal of the game with 34 seconds remaining in the first half to close the Spartan deficit to 7-6 at halftime.
Ryan Stone scored another man-up goal five minutes into the third period to tie the game at 7-7, but goals by Andrew Garrett and Yelvington kept the Kangaroos on top, 9-8, with 3:59 left in the third period. McCarthy would pick up his second goal of the game one minute later to create the seventh tie of the contest at 9-9 with 2:57 remaining in the third period.
The game would remain at 9-9 until Adnane Adossama scored his second goal of the season with 4:17 left in regulation to put the Spartans ahead, 10-9. However, SUNY Canton answered back, as Kyle Smith set up Yule for his second goal of the day, tying the game at 10-10 with 2:56 left on the clock.
Josh Gosselin won nine of the 10 faceoffs he took in the second half, including one after the game-tying goal. He brought the ball into the Spartan offensive zone, where it eventually cycled to Crowningshield behind the net. Just as he had done on his previous two goals, Crowningshield raced around the side of the net and sent a shot past Kangaroo goalie Kody Kocsis to give the Spartans the lead with less than two minutes to go in regulation.
The Spartans won another faceoff, but Kocsis stopped a point-blank shot from Siegel to keep the margin at one goal. After an exchange of turnovers, SUNY Canton called timeout to set up a play that would tie the game, but Castleton's Malik Hines caused a turnover and picked up the ground ball as time ran out, giving the Spartans their second straight victory.
Colin Clark led Castleton with four total points on one goal and three assists. Besides winning 18-of-24 faceoffs during the day, Gosselin picked up 12 ground balls, and Brandon Myron again made some key plays, finishing with 11 saves as he held SUNY Canton, a team averaging 15.4 goals per game entering the afternoon, to 10 goals, including just three goals after halftime.
Three SUNY Canton players finished with three points apiece, as Coco scored three goals, Yule earned two goals and one assist, and Smith collected three assists. Kocsis took the loss despite making 15 saves during the afternoon for a .577 save percentage.
The Spartans outshot the Kangaroos, 48-32, and collected more ground balls than the visitors, 34-21. SUNY Canton lost despite going 23-for-25 (92%) on clear attempts and causing nine of Castleton's 20 turnovers.
Castleton (2-4) begins North Atlantic Conference play with a home game against Maine Maritime Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. It has been designated as Senior Day for the men's lacrosse team, as those seniors playing in their final collegiate season will be recognized in a short ceremony before the match.