Castleton Advances to Eight-Straight NAC Final
CASTLETON, Vt. – Alex Green (Braintree, Vt.) scored four goals and dished out one assist to lead top-seeded Castleton State College to a 29-3 win over fourth-seeded Thomas College in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men's lacrosse semifinal action Wednesday afternoon.
Green's third goal of the contest came with 2:05 left in the first half, giving Castleton a 21-1 lead. While inconsequential to the outcome, the goal gave the freshman attackman 43 on the season, breaking the previous Castleton record of 42 set by Geoff Simons in 2000.
Castleton's Will Stuhler (Madison, N.J.) scored just one-minute-and-36 seconds into the contest, and the Spartans reeled off 13 first period goals to put the game away early.
Bradley Stiles (Westbrook, Maine) put Thomas on the board 31 seconds into the second period, notching his 24th goal of the season off a Jeffrey Morse (Westbrook, Maine) assist.
Castleton answered with 10 straight goals, to push the lead to 23-1 with 10:21 left in the third period.
Nohea King (St. Albans, Vt.) posted a game-high six points on three goals and three assists, while Sam Bailey (Hartford, Vt.), Brian McCarthy (Johnson, Vt.) and Phil Patterson (Essex, Vt.) each added three goals and an assist. Three goals from Jake Krantz (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) and two from Derek Riley (Randolph, Vt.) rounded out the Spartans with multiple goals.
Gunnar Shelton (Eugene, Ore.) led the Terriers with two goals, and Morse finished with a pair of assists.
Castleton (11-6) held a 59-18 advantage in shots and a 72-27 edge in ground balls.
Jesse Morkeski (Damariscotta, Maine) made nine saves in the loss, while Dave DeGhetto (Clifton, N.J.) started and earned the win making three saves. Tom Manley (Londonderry, N.H.) stopped two shots in 20 minutes of relief.
Thomas' season ends at 5-10.
Castleton will host Husson, 10-7 winners over Maine Maritime in the other semifinal Saturday at 6 p.m. in the NAC Final.