Castleton Falters at New England College

HENNIKER, N.H. Castleton trailed by two at the half but couldn't make up the difference in the final 30 minutes as New England College pulled out the 16-12 victory to hand the visitors their first NAC loss of the season Tuesday afternoon.

With the win, the Pilgrims remain undefeated in NAC play at 3-0 and improve their overall record to 4-7. The loss drops the Spartans to 5-7 overall and 4-1 in conference action.

Castleton got on the board first as Phil Patterson (Essex, Vt.) deposited a pass from Zach Davidson (South Burlington, Vt.) four minutes into play. NEC responded with five straight goals, including two by James Putney (Mountain Lakes, N.H.) and two by Matt Goyette (Lowell, Mass.). Castleton grabbed a goal with 38 seconds remaining in the first, cutting the lead to 5-2 after one quarter.

The two teams battled evenly through much of the second quarter of play and the Spartans edged out the Pilgrims by one in the goal department to head into halftime trailing just 8-5.

The two teams exchanged goals early in the third quarter before NEC strung together four straight scores, building a 13-6 lead with 3:30 remaining. The Castleton offense didn't falter as the Spartans scored the next five goals, including two man-up goals, cutting the NEC lead to 13-11 early in the fourth.

The two-goal deficit was as close as the Spartans got as NEC netted three man-up goals in the final quarter, including two by Steve Parsons (Townsend, Md.), to solidify the 16-12 victory.

Leading the way for the Pilgrims was Sam Freihofner (Scarsdale, N.Y.), who finished the day with four goals and three assists. NEC's Steve Parsons netted four goals and had an assist, while James Putney and Brian Gillis (North Vancouver, B.C.) each scored two goals and dished out three assists.

Leading the way for Castleton was Zach Davidson who scored two goals and had five assists. Alex Green (Braintree, Vt.) finished with three goals and an assist, while Nohea King (St. Albans, Vt.) netted three goals.

Picking up the win in net for NEC was Nick Aquaviva (Syracuse, N.Y.) who finished with 10 saves. In goal for Castleton was Eric Horsfield (Tolland, Conn.), who recorded seven saves on the afternoon.

The Spartans return to action on Saturday when they host Husson at 4:00 p.m. at Spartan Stadium


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