Castleton blanks Lyndon laxmen

Castleton blanks Lyndon laxmen

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Spartans finished North Atlantic Conference play with a perfect 8-0 mark for the third straight year as they took down Lyndon 21-0 on Sunday afternoon in Spartan Stadium.

Castleton won its fourth straight contest overall with some lockdown defense and efficient scoring. The Spartans held the Hornets to just 10 shots while firing 68, and recorded 18 caused turnovers as they improved to 10-5 overall. Lyndon managed 18 ground balls compared to 53 for Castleton as the Hornets dropped to 2-6 overall and 2-5 in NAC action.

Senior Zach Davidson continued his strong season with eight points on three goals and five assists in one half of play. Freshman Sam Siegel added two goals and three assists as nine different players recorded at least two points. Henry Moser chipped in one goal and one assist while picking up seven ground balls and going 10-for-12 on faceoffs. The team overall won 20 of the 25 faceoff attempts.

Taylor Swarter led off the scoring with just 34 seconds into the contest and Mike Ruggiero made it 2-0 at 12:50. Louis Alhage extended the lead with 3-0 with 11:00 minutes left and Castleton scored five more times in the final ten minutes of the period for a 7-0 advantage.

Siegel added to the Spartan lead just 13 seconds into the second on a feed from Davidson and the senior scored nine seconds later after Moser won the faceoff and fed him right in front. Goals by Swarter, Moser, Nicholas Romeo and Davidson stretched the lead to 13-0 with 10:22 still remaining in the quarter. The team added four more scores before the half, with the final a goal by Graeme Pike with 44 seconds left.

In the third, Sam Frackleton pushed the lead to 18-0 with 11:30 remaining. Evan Tucker concluded the scoring by splitting the defense for a point-blank goal at 3:12. Zach Devoid tacked on the final goal of the day with 31 seconds remaining in the contest.

Defensively, Graeme Pike went 8-for-10 on faceoffs with four ground balls while Dillon Robinson recorded four caused turnovers. Ryan Crowningshield added three caused turnovers with five ground balls. Senior Peter Latulippe earned the win in net, playing the first 30 minutes and making five saves.

Lyndon's Shane Morin (Salem, N.H.) took the loss while stopping 18 shots. Ian Pelkey was solid for the Hornets with three ground balls and one caused turnover.

Lyndon returns to action when the team plays at Johnosn State at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.