Davidson Nets 11 as Castleton Routs Terriers in NACs

CASTLETON, Vt. Castleton State freshman Zach Davidson (South Burlington, Vt.) scored 11 goals and handed out an assist to lead the second-seeded Spartans to a 24-2 win over Thomas in NAC quarterfinal action Friday night at Spartan Stadium.

Davidson's fifth goal of the game set a new single-season record for points in a season with 71, and his tenth set the single-game goal-scoring mark set by Geoff Simons vs SUNY-Maritime in 1999. Playing in his first game in two weeks, Davidson made his presence felt early and often and has now registered at least two points in each of his first 15 games to open his career.

Gunnar Shleton (Eugene, Ore.) drew the Terriers even with 8:02 remaining in the first period, but Castleton reeled off the final three goals of the period and eight-straight in the second to put the game to rest by halftime.

Alex Green (Braintree, Vt.) put the Spartans on top for good just ten seconds after Shelton's tally, thanks in large part to the work of Brad Barber (Napean, Ont.) and Adam Farmer (South Burlington, Vt.). Barber won the faceoff, sweeping it outside to Farmer who raced into the attacking third and passed to Green who finished the play with his 27th goal of the season. Less than a minute later A.J. Groot (Canadaigua, N.Y.) finished a Green assist. Davidson finished the first period scoring with a nifty individual effort, faking past a Terrier defender, lifting the goalie's stick with another fake and finishing low.

Four more Davidson goals in the second period and one each from Groot, Green and Cam Ormiston (Wakefield, R.I.) effectively put the game out of reach.

Castleton scored eight-straight in the third and four in a row in the fourth before Matt Davis (Farmington, Maine) broke through for the Terriers with 1:33 remaining in the game.

Groot finished with five goals, Green enjoyed a six-point evening with three goals and three assists and Ormiston added two goals and two helpers.

Thomas goalie Jesse Morkeski (Damariscotta, Maine) who entered the game ranked fourth nationally averaging 14.9 saves per contest put in a yeoman's effort with 24 saves in the loss.

Eric Horsfield (Tolland, Conn.) stopped five shots, all in the first half, to improve to 9-5 on the season.

Castleton ups its record to 10-7 and advances to the semifinal round on Wednesday where the Spartans will meet the winner of the Husson vs Lyndon quarterfinal to be played Saturday. Thomas sees its season end at 4-11.


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