Spartans Cruise to 24-3 Victory over Maine-Farmington

Castleton, Vt. Castleton scored 13 times in the opening 15 minutes on their way to a 24-3 victory over the University of Maine at Farmington on Sunday afternoon in Spartan Stadium.

Before the contest the Spartans honored their senior class and the newest member of that group, transfer Spencer Hunt, had a day to remember. He dished off one assist and scored six goals, the final of which get him 100 for his career. Hunt scored 81 goals in two seasons as a member of St. Joseph's of Maine.

Castleton dominated play, allowing just 20 shots while taking 57 and picking up 78 ground balls compared to just 35 for the Beavers. The Spartans improved to 7-3 and 4-0 in the North Atlantic Conference with the victory. UMF, meanwhile, dropped to 2-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play.

Sophomore Zach Davidson was impressive once again, scoring seven times and dishing off two assists for nine total points. Freshman Zach Devoid controlled the face-off circle, winning 15 of 21, and also picking up a career-high 17 ground balls.

The Spartans scored four times in the opening three and a half minutes to set the tone. Alex Green added back-to-back goals at 9:21 and 8:50 to make it 6-0. Castleton kept rolling and put up 13 goals in the first quarter, the final of which came from Davidson with one second on the clock off a beautiful half-field pass by defenseman David Barrett.

Matt Nota scored 1:40 into the second quarter for the 14-0 advantage, though Michael Keim gave the Beavers their first goal at 11:40. Castleton scored three more times while UMF added another for the 17-2 halftime advantage.

The Beavers opened the scoring in the third, but Davidson scored three straight to make it a 20-3 contest. Hunt's 100th came at 6:01 left in the third and Paul Saulsbury gave the Spartans a 22-3 lead going into the fourth. Andrew Nevins and Taylor Swarter concluded the scoring for Castleton in the final quarter.

Peter Latulippe got the start in net and didn't allow a goal in 15 minutes of action without making a save. Eric Horsfield played the final 45 minutes and gave up three goals while making eight saves. Ben Altmaier took the loss for UMF, allowing 24 goals but making 21 stops in net.

The Spartans return to action on Tuesday in a battle of conference unbeatens, when they face New England College at 7:00 pm in Spartan Stadium.

2013-04-07



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