Castleton Takes Care of Maine Maritime

CASTINE, Maine -- Castleton built a 5-0 first quarter lead and never looked back en route to a 13-3 win over Maine Maritime in a North Atlantic Conference game Sunday. The Spartans remained unbeaten in the conference and improved to 10-3 overall, 7-0 NAC, while Mariners fell to 4-7, 4-2.

Zach Davidson paced Castleton with two goals and six assists and Sam Bailey added four scores and one assist. Nicholas Betti led the Mariners with two goals.

Bailey found Alex Green for the Spartans first score before Davidson hit Will Stuhler, Green and Bailey to put Castleton ahead 4-0 early in the first. Stuhler netted an assisted goal at 8:42 before Betti got the Mariners on the board with an unassisted goal 30 seconds later. Davidson netted a late score in the first to give Castleton a 6-1 lead.

Davidson scored early in the second before finding Bailey on three separate occasions to give the Spartans a 10-1 halftime lead.

Taylor Swarter and Matt Nota scored back-to-back goals for Castleton to start the third before Betti and Alex Hermes netted consecutive shots to make 12-3. Alex Denny netted the only fourth quarter score for Castleton.

Peter Latulippe stopped 10 shots in goal for the Spartans to earn the win while Gavin Cote took the loss for the Mariners.

Maine Maritime returns to the field Wednesday in a North Atlantic Conference game, 7:00 p.m., at Husson.

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Castine, Maine Sophomore Zach Davidson set a new single-season assist record and spearheaded a team effort as the Spartans dispatched of Maine Maritime 13-3 on Sunday afternoon at Richie Field.

Davidson matched a career high with six assists and added two goals for a team-high eight points on the day. The six helpers give him 42 assists for the season, breaking the previous single-season program record of 38 set by Rob Regna back during the 2005 campaign.

Overall Castleton recorded assists on 11 of its 13 goals and seven different players scored at least one goal. Senior Sam Bailey put home four goals, matching a season high, and dished an assist as well. Alex Green and Will Stuhler both added two scores as the Spartans improved to 10-3 overall and a perfect 7-0 in the North Atlantic Conference. The Mariners dropped to 4-7 overall and 4-2 in the conference with the loss.

Green led off the scoring, getting a pass from Bailey just 42 seconds into the game for the early 1-0 lead. Over the next four minutes, Davidson found Stuhler, Green and then Bailey for the 4-0 advantage. After another Stuhler goal at 8:43, Nick Betti put Maine Maritime on the board at 8:15. Davidson ended the scoring with 3:19 left in the quarter.

The Spartans continued to press their advantage and scored four times in the second, three by Bailey and one from Davidson to own a 10-1 lead at the break.

Taylor Swarter and Matt Nota extended the lead to 12-1 in the third before Betti and Hermes went back-to-back for Maine Maritime to make it 12-3. Alex Denny scored off a Swarter assist in the fourth for the 13-3 final.

Freshman Peter Latulippe was stellar in net, giving up just three goals in 50:19 while making ten saves. Sam Polas played the final 9:41 and made one save without allowing a goal.

The Spartans return to action on Thursday when they travel to face Norwich at 4:00 pm.


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