Plymouth State Starts Fast, Downs Castleton

Castleton, VT - Plymouth State jumped out to a 7-1 halftime lead and never looked back in beating Castleton 11-4 in non-conference mens lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.

Andrew Eriksen (Beverly, MA) scored three goals and had one assist while Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, NH) added two goals and three assists to lead the 1-2 Panthers. Steve Engel (South Windsor, CT) and Matt Johansmeyer (Shelburne Falls, MA) each added one goal and one assist and Derick Smith (New London, NH), Adam Rothbart (Portland, ME), Shawn McEvoy (Spring, TX) and Ty Long (Dover, NH) each tallied single markers.

Plymouth State opened up a 3-0 lead over the opening 18 minutes of play, as a pair of Giroux tallies sandwiched Longs third goal of the season. Castleton got one back when Samuel Bailey (Hartford, VT) struck for his fourth of the year off a Jake Rick (Rochester, NY) assist. It was as close as the Spartans would come, as Plymouth ended the first half on a 4-0 run on a pair of goals from Eriksen and one each from Smith and Johansmeyer.

Korey Counos (St. Albans, VT) scored one-minute-and-six-seconds into the third period to cut the lead to five, but Plymouth once again answered with four-straight goals to put the game out of reach for good.

Rick and Michael Martinez (Barrington, IL) each scored once to round out the Castleton (1-3) scorers. Rick also corralled a game-high nine ground balls in the loss. David DeGhetto (Clifton, NJ) stopped nine shots on goal for the Spartans.

Kevin Hayes (Beverly, MA) picked up the win for Plymouth in net, stopping seven shots and backstopping a Plymouth defense that kept the Spartans at bay for much of the contest, and forced 44 turnovers.

Castleton opens its North Atlantic Conference (NAC) schedule next Saturday when the Spartans play host to Johnson State at 1:00 p.m. Plymouth State will travel to Massachusetts Maritime for a 4:00 p.m. non-conference tilt.


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