LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — For the past several decades, in-state rivals Lyndon and Castleton have competed against each other in the athletic arena. This rivalry grew its root in the days of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and it hasn't lost much momentum when both institutions joined the NCAA and the North Atlantic Conference several years ago.
Saturday, this struggle will resume as the Hornets and Spartans meet once again for bragging rights in both men's and women's basketball. Also, a leg up toward a berth in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference playoff berth will be on the line.
A mere five weeks ago, Lyndon and Castleton men met for the first time in the 2014-15 season. In that contest the Spartan men slipped by the Hornets 88-80 in overtime while the Castleton women's program – the reigning NAC Champion – defeated Lyndon 75-29.
The Spartan men come into Saturday's matchup with an overall record of 5-7 and a mark of 3-3 in the NAC. They are led by junior center Chad Copeland who averages 18.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game overall. Also faring well for CSC is junior guard Rob Coloutti and senior forward Carnelius Green who are averaging 13.9 and 11.7 points-per-game, respectively.
The Hornets, who sport an overall record of 3-10 and mark of 2-5 in conference, will counter with senior guard David Johnson, who has averaged 20.2 points and 3.3 assists per game thus far. Joining him is George Carle, who is averaging 12.7 points-per-game overall while freshman forward Rontrez Purcell and senior guard Rob Alers chip in 11.8 and 10.7 points per contest, respectively.
On the women's side, Castleton comes into the game with an overall record of 10-3 and 6-0 in the NAC. The Lady Spartans are led by senior guard Jade Desroches and her 16-.6 points-per-game while senior forward Meghan O'Sullivan and sophomore guard Lindsay Sabo average 13.3 and 8.2 points-per-game, respectively.
Lyndon's hopes for success will rest on the shoulders of freshman center Mikayla Hodge and senior guard Emily Gray. Hodge averages 11.5 points and 9.2 rebounds-per-game while Gray adds 10.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per outing.
Saturday's contests will get underway at 1 p.m. with the Lyndon-Castleton men's tilt; followed by the women's game at approximately 3 p.m.