Castleton Scores Five Unanswered to Edge NEC in OT

Castleton, VT - Castleton senior Korey Counos (St. Albans, VT) scored with six seconds remaining in overtime to cap a 5-0 Castleton run over the final 12 minutes of play to propel the Spartans to a 6-5 non-conference win over New England College Wednesday evening at Spartan Stadium.

Castletons Michael Martinez (Barrington, IL) unleashed a shot on goal that was turned away by Pilgrim goalie Nick Aquaviva (Syracuse, NY) with 18 seconds remaining in the overtime. After the rebound was batted around, Samuel Bailey (Hartford, VT) corralled the ground ball and swung the ball to Counos. Counos dodged one Pilgrim defender and rifled a shot low, just inside the right post for the game-winner.

Nohea King (St. Albans, VT) continued to be a late-game catalyst for the Spartans, scoring a pair of goals and assisting on another during the surge. Craig MacDerment (Clifton Park, NY) tallied a goal and an assist, while Jake Rick (Rochester, NY) and Martinez each tallied single markers for the 1-1 Spartans.

Matt Carey (Medford, NY) led the Pilgrim attack with two goals and one assist, while Matt Vozzolo (Somers, CT) added a pair of goals. John Gabriel (West Nyack, NY) converted the other NEC tally as the Pilgrims fall to 0-2 on the season.

New England College used a stingy defensive effort to take a 2-0 lead into halftime on the strength of two Vozzolo goals. Carey stretch the Pilgrim lead to 3-0 with 11:44 remaining in the third, converting a Clint McDonough (Mountain Lakes, NJ) assist into his second goal of the season.

Martinez put the Spartans on the board four minutes later, but Carey struck once again, this time on a nifty feed from Sam Freihofner (Scarsdale, NY) for the 4-1 edge heading into the forth period. A tally from Gabriel gave the Pilgrims the four-goal cushion just one-minute-fifty-five-seconds into the fourth.

Aquaviva kept Castleton at bay over the next five minutes of play, before Rick was able to shake free for an unassisted tally, setting off the Spartan rally. King set up MacDerment to cut the lead to two, then scored two goals of his own 28 seconds apart to send the game to overtime.

The game featured outstanding goaltending on both sides of the field, with Aquaviva turning away 19 Spartan shots, while Castleton David DeGhetto (Clifton, NJ) stopped 21. Aquaviva stopped eight in the first period and nine in the second half and overtime, including five in the fourth period alone. DeGhetto was at his best in the second period, turning away eight Pilgrim shots. He also came up strong in the overtime, stopping both shots that came his way.

MacDerment was solid on the face-off winning 11 of 13 and grabbing a game-high six ground balls.

Castleton travels to Vassar College next Wednesday, March 17 for a 3:00 p.m. non-conference match up. New England College returns to action Saturday, March 13 when the Pilgrims take on McDaniel College (Md.) at 1:00 p.m.


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