Castleton Advances by Husson to 7th-Straight NAC Final

Castleton, VT - Castleton State College placed 10 different players in the scoring column en route to a 17-5 win over Husson University in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) mens lacrosse semifinal win.

With the win, Castleton improves to 12-5 and advances to its seventh-straight NAC title game. The Spartans will take on six-time defending champion Mount Ida in the final, as the Mustangs turned in a 14-5 win over Maine Maritime in the other semifinal match-up. Hussons season ends at 10-8.

Korey Counos (St. Albans, VT) started the Spartan scoring, whistling a shot past from 15-yards out just 1:14 into the contest. Ben Landry (Lewiston, ME), the nations leading goal scorer knotted the game at 1-1 five minutes later, pouncing on a Spartan turnover and beating Castleton goalie David DeGhetto (Clifton, NJ).

The momentum was short-lived, as Castleton reeled off three-straight, including two from James Bascom (Barre, VT) to take the 4-1 lead late in the first half. Landry answered with his 80th of the season to slice the lead in half, but Craig MacDerment (Clifton Park, NY) scored with 44 seconds left in the half to push the lead to 5-2.

The third period belonged to the Spartans as Castleton outscored the Eagles 8-2, including four-straight to open the period. Jake Rick (Rochester, NY) scored with 7:31 left in the period off a Counos assist, and Michael DelDotto (Reading, MA) effectively put the game away seven seconds later off a Michael Martinez (Barrington, IL) helper.

Counos led the way with three goals and an assist, while Rick finished with two goals and two assists. DelDotto added three goals, Samuel Bailey (Hartford, VT) two goals and one assist, and Bascom chipped in a pair of goals to round out the multiple-point scorers.

DeGhetto stood tall in net for the Spartans, turning away 13 shots in his 11th win of the season. MacDerment played a huge role in the Spartan possession game, corralling a game-high 17 ground balls and winning 18 of 21 face-offs.

Landrys two goals led the Eagles, while Mitch Heaps (York, PA), Nick Brown (Lewiston, ME) and Matt Tabler (Catonsville, MD) each tallied one.

Tyler Quinn (McLean, VA) was saddled with the loss, stopping nine shots and allowing 16 goals in 59:04.

Castleton owned the advantage in ground balls (49-29), shots (37-26) and was 14 for 19 on clearing attempts.

2010-05-05



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