Spartans Fall to Nor'easters in ECAC Semifinals

BEVERLY, Mass. - Castleton saw their season come to an end on Saturday after they dropped a 15-11 decision to the University of New England in the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament hosted by Endicott College.

The second-seeded Spartans faced off against the third-seeded Nor'easters and trailed just 7-6 at the break. However, UNE pulled away in the second half and finished with the four-goal win. Castleton finishes its year with an 11-9 record while the Nor'easters improve to 10-9 on the season and move on to face Endicott in the ECAC Finals.

Freshman Zach Davidson (So. Burlington, Vt.) and sophomore Alex Green (Braintree, Vt.) each registered hat tricks while freshman Cam Ormiston (Wakefield, R.I.) added one goal and four assists for a team-high four points. Davidson's three tallies gave him 50 for the year, tying the program single-season record set last year by Green. He also finished with a program-record 87 points in 2012.

The Spartans opened the contest with a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Nohea King (St. Albans, Vt.) tally just 3:45 into the first period. UNE scored back-to-back goals midway through the quarter before Green tied it up with 4:24 left.

In the second quarter the scoring was back and forth, however, Castleton was on the short end of the stick and went into the break trailing 7-6.

Phil Patterson (Essex, Vt.) tied it up less than three minutes into the third, though the Spartans were never able to take a lead as each time they tied it up, UNE responded in kind.

Castleton was only down 11-9 going into the final 15 minutes, but the Nor'easters scored the first three goals of the period to put the game out of reach. Davidson finished with both of the Spartans' goals in the period as they fell 15-11.

Freshman Eric Horsfield (Tolland, Conn.) faced constant pressure all game and made 16 saves on the afternoon. His counterpart Jay Letendre made only eight as he earned the victory.

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BEVERLY, Mass. -- Sophomore Dan O'Gorman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) totaled five points and won 18 of 22 face-offs to help lead third-seeded University of New England to a 15-11 victory over No. 2 Castleton State in the semifinals of the ECAC New England championship, played Saturday afternoon (May 12) at Endicott.

The Nor'easters (10-9), while improving on their program single-season record total for wins, advance into the tournament final to face top-seeded Endicott (a 12-10 winner over No. 4 Curry College) on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. It also marks the first postseason win, of any kind, for Big Blue.

UNE trailed only once in the match (1-0), and led after a tightly-contested 1st half, 7-6. Though the Spartans tied things up a few minutes into the 3rd period, the Nor'easters responded with seven of the next nine scores to grab a 14-9 cushion midway through the 4th.

O'Gorman had three goals and two assists for a game-high in points, and fellow sophomore Nick Gross (Kennebunk, Maine) also found the back of the cage on three occasions. Three players -- senior Dylan Thomas (Mount Pleasant, N.Y.), junior Tyler Thomas (Mount Pleasant, N.Y.), and first-year Geoff Bruno (Durham, Conn.) -- each added a pair of markers for the winners.

Junior Brent Bourgeois (New Haven, Vt.) headed up a strong defensive effort (4 caused turnovers) that saw the Nor'easters force 15 of Castleton's 26 turnovers. Classmate Jay Letendre (Southington, Conn.) got his second start of the season between the pipes, and recorded eight saves.

For the Spartans (11-9), Zach Davidson and Alex Green tallied three goals apiece. Cam Ormiston chipped in with one score and three helpers. In goal, Eric Horsfield made 16 stops.

UNE finished with nearly double the shots as its opponent (53-27), and ended with a sizable advantage in ground balls (50-27) thanks, in large part, to O'Gorman's match-best nine ground balls.


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