SALEM, Mass. – The Castleton University men's lacrosse team dropped a tight Little East Conference battle on Saturday evening, falling to Salem State by a final score of 4-3 in road action.
The Spartans fall to 2-7 overall and 0-2 in LEC play after suffering their third consecutive one-goal loss, while Salem State improves to 3-4 on the year with a 1-1 mark in conference action. Castleton held an edge in shots, 26-25, though Salem State held a narrow edge in ground balls, 11-10. The Spartans turned it over just 10 times to the Vikings' 15, and converted on all 21 of their clear attempts. Salem State was successful on 26-of-31 clears on the day, while neither team scored on a man-up chance.
Jason Sedell scored twice for Castleton, while Kyle Lutinski added a goal and an assist as both finished with two points on the day. Luc Issa caused three turnovers for the defense, while Cameron Milliken and Cameron Russell had two ground balls apiece. Brandon Myron shouldered the loss, making 11 saves while allowing four goals in the contest.
Tyler Morris scored twice for the Vikings, while Kyle Henry added a goal and Jay Colletti scored what proved to be the game-winning goal. Three different players notched assists for Salem State, while Henry led all players with six ground balls. Stephen Balcher earned the win, allowing just three goals while making 13 saves on the day.
Sedell gave Castleton a 1-0 lead early, scoring just shy of the five-minute mark to put Castleton ahead on an assist from Lutinski, but that was all the scoring in the opening quarter as Castleton held the narrow edge into the second period of action.
Castleton extended the lead to 2-0 six minutes into the second quarter, as Sedell again found the twine, this time unassisted. The Vikings drew even before the break, however, as Morris netted a pair of goals for Salem State to make it a 2-2 game at the half.
Lutinski put Castleton back on top, 3-2, 2:30 into the second half, but Henry answered off the ensuing face-off to tie it back up, 3-3, before Colletti gave the Vikings their first and only lead of the game with 4:05 to play in the third quarter, as the two sides played scoreless for the final 19-plus minutes of the contest en route to the Salem State victory.
Castleton returns to action on Wednesday at UMass Boston with a 7 p.m. face-off.