Spartans Fall at Western Connecticut

DANBURY, CT Sophomore Zach Davidson had a goal an five assists, while Spencer Hunt and Alex Green netted three goals apiece, but it wasn't enough as the Spartans fell 16-10 to the Western Connecticut State Colonials on Sunday afternoon.

Ryan Foster led the Colonials by scoring five goals. Nate Wilson and Nick Foley notched four and three goals, respectively for the home side as they improved to 3-1 on the season.

Sophomore net minder Kevin Seery earned the win for the Colonials, making 12 saves before yielding to Billy Thomson for the final 1:14. Thomson made a pair of saves and allowed two goals in his short stint.

Eric Horsfield suffered the loss in goal for the Spartans. He made one save and allowed six goals over the first 23 minutes. Peter Latulippe went the rest of the way and made 10 saves for Castleton.

The Spartans played the Colonials even in the first quarter, with goals from Hunt and Green. In the second period the Spartans traded goals with the Colonials again, tying the game at 3-3 when Phil Patterson notched a man-advantage goal with 10:47 left in the second. From there the Colonials went on a tear. The home squad scored three unanswered before the break, and three more after halftime to extend their lead to 9-3 with 12:04 left in the third quarter.

A goal by Zach Davidson with 5:37 left in the third ended the Colonials' run, cutting the lead to five. Western Conn. St. answered with a goal of their own 55 seconds later, and each team scored again before the end of the third stanza to finish the period with the Colonials leading 11-5.

In the fourth, each team scored five goals. Green ripped a goal 50 seconds into the period, followed by three goals from the Colonials that extended the lead to 14-6. Nohea King scored a man-up goal with 8:56 left in the game, but the Colonials Nick Foley answered with a score 27 seconds later.

With 2:16 left, Ryan Foster scored for the home team to make it 16-7. Castleton scored three unanswered goals inside the final two minutes, getting tallies from Ken Bourneouf, Hunt, and Green, to draw within six goals, but the run came too late as the Spartans fell 16-10.

Owen Hartman led the Spartans defense with a team-high five ground balls and two forced turnovers. Adam Farmer topped the team with three caused turnovers while nabbing three ground balls.

Western held a slim advantage on ground balls, edging the Spartans, 39-36 and ripped off 10 more shots, 46-36.

The Spartans fall to 1-2 on the season and will return to action Saturday Mar. 16 when they take on Plymouth St. at Spartan Arena. Face-off is slated for 1:00 p.m.


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