Castleton Suffers Q2 Drought, Falls to WestConn

CASTLETON, Vt. Western Connecticut State University used a seven-goal second period goals, including four with an extra attacked, en route to a 10-5 win over Castleton State College in non-conference men's lacrosse action Sunday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. The loss drops Castleton to 0-3 while Western has now won two-straight to improve to 2-1.

Brian McCarthy (Johnson, Vt.) scored three goals to lead the Spartan attack. Freshman Zach Davidson (South Burlington, Vt.) added a goal and an assist while A.J. Groot (Canandaigua, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring column for Castleton. Defenseman Alex Brands (Woodstock, Vt.) chipped in an assist and also corralled a team-high seven ground balls and caused three turnovers.

Ryan Gillis (Norwich, Conn.) and Ryan Foster (Ledyard, Conn.) each had two goals and an assist to lead Western. Jason Szabo (Apharetta, Ga.) added a pair of goals while Raul Bourgeois (New Milford, Conn.), Taylor Leahy (Marlborough, Conn.), and J.C. Flaherty (Old Lyme, Conn.) each chipped in a goal and an assist. Nick Foley (Walpole, Mass.) rounded out the Colonial scorers with a single tally. Brandon Marszalek (Somers, Conn.) was everywhere in the Colonial defensive third, racking up a game-high nine ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Trailing 2-1 after a pair of McCarthy markers, the Colonials scored four-straight goals over a four minute span in the second period to take a 5-2 lead they would not relinquish. Flaherty and Gillis each had a goal and an assist to key the run.

McCarthy's third goal of the half briefly stopped the surge, but Western answered with two more man-up goals inside of three minutes to take a 7-3 lead into halftime.

Two more third period tallies pushed the Western lead to 9-3 entering the final stanza, where Castleton drew as close as 9-5 on Groot's unassisted score with 6:18 remaining. Szabo was able to push the lead back to five with his second goal of the game, this one with an extra attacker, for the final margin.

The Colonials finished an impressive 5 for 8 with the extra attacker, and also killed off both of Castleton's opportunities.

Tyler Martone (Cheshire, Conn.) finished with eight saves in the win, while Castleton freshman Eric Horsfield (Tolland, Conn.) was saddled with loss making eight saves through three periods. Senior David DeGhetto (Clifton, N.J.) allowed a single goal and had a save in the final period for Castleton.

Castleton will play host to Plymouth State next Saturday at 1:00 pm, and Western returns home to host Vassar Wednesday at 4:00 pm.

2012-03-11



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