Two North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Lacrosse Semifinal games were played on Wednesday, May 3, as No. 1 New England College defeated No. 4 Husson, 20-2, and No. 2 Castleton earned a 17-5 win over No. 3 Lyndon.
The Pilgrims and Spartans now advance into the NAC Finals for the sixth-consecutive season. The Championship will be played on Saturday, May 6, at 1:00 p.m., as Castleton will travel to top-seeded New England College. The last time these two teams met in the regular season, NEC claimed a 10-4 win over the Spartans.
The NAC tournament champion will earn an automatic bid into the upcoming 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship.
The complete tournament schedule appears below. Game dates and times are subject to change.
2017 NAC MEN'S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
All dates and start times are subject to change
Championship • Saturday, May 6
No. 2 Castleton at No. 1 New England College - 1:00 p.m. - Video
No. 1 New England College 20, No. 4 Husson 2 - Boxscore
The top-seeded New England College men's lacrosse team downed No. 4 Husson University in the North Atlantic Conference semifinals to advance to their sixth-straight championship game.
As the top seed, NEC will host the winner of today's No. 3 Lyndon at No. 2 Castleton game on Saturday.
The Pilgrims were led by junior Matt Richard (Weare, N.H.), who took sole ownership of NEC's single-season points record following a five-goal, four assist performance. He now has 115 points this season from 53 goals and 62 assists.
Senior Sean Largay (Norwalk, Conn.) chipped in with four goals and three assists, while sophomore Daniel Medvetz (Henniker, N.H.) added four goals and an assist.
Freshman Jacob Blanchette (Weare, N.H.) tallied three goals in the win.
Both Richard and sophomore Connor Fries (Barnstable, Mass.) had six ground balls apiece, while Fries led the team in caused turnovers with four.
The Eagles received goals from Brooks Gay and Jacob Boothby, while Zach Glazier and Tyler Talbot each tallied an assist.
Faceoff specialist Owen Richmond won 13 of his 25 attempts on the day and scooped up a team-best four ground balls.
HOW IT HAPPENED
William Pendleton (Chalfont, Pa.) fed Largay for the first goal of the game 1:17 into the game and the Pilgrims did not look back, scoring the first five goals of the game before Husson got on the board with Boothby's goal with 30 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Pendleton netted a goal of his own to start the second quarter. After a nearly five-minute drought in goals, Husson tallied their second goal of the day to bring the score to 6-2, but it would prove to be the closest they would get as NEC scored the next 14-straight goals over the final 36 minutes of the game.
Husson goaltender Nick Zavorotny tallied 20 saves in the loss, while NEC's William Platt (San Francisco, Calif.) stopped seven shots in 45 minutes of action.
BY THE NUMBERS
- NEC outshot their guests 68-16 on the day, with a 40-9 advantage in shots-on-goal.
- Husson edged NEC in faceoff wins, 13-12.
The win sends NEC to their sixth-straight NAC championship game, which they will host on Saturday at Don Melander Field. The Pilgrims have won three of the last five championship games—in 2016, 2014, and 2012. Each of the last five championship games has been a battle between Castleton and NEC.
--Courtesy of NEC Sports Information
No. 2 Castleton 17, No. 3 Lyndon 5 - Boxscore
Castleton University defeated Lyndon State College, 17-5, Wednesday night in the semifinals of the 2017 North Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament Championship at Spartan Stadium.
With the victory, Castleton improves to 10-8 and advances to the NAC Tournament title game for the 14th consecutive year, where it will face New England College for the sixth straight time. The championship game will take place Saturday, May 6, at 1 p.m. in Henniker, N.H. Lyndon State's season comes to an end at 10-7.
Just over five minutes into the game, Jason Sedell (Pine Brook, N.J.) took a feed from Louis Alhage (New Milford, Conn.) and scored his first goal of the game. Less than four minutes later, the Spartans took advantage of an extra-man opportunity when Drew Wood (Lincoln, R.I.) found Kyle Lutinski (New Fairfield, Conn.) for his 10th goal of the season.
Castleton extended its lead with two more goals, the first coming with 2:27 left in the first quarter as Alhage found Sam Siegel (Brattleboro, Vt.). With just over three minutes gone in the second quarter, Colin Clark (Rutland, Vt.) scored off a feed from Lutinski to give the Spartans a 4-0 advantage.
Shea Jones (Hull, Mass.) put Lyndon State on the board with his first goal of the night halfway through the second quarter. Castleton responded with six unanswered goals to close out the second quarter, led by Sedell and Isaac Devoid (St. Albans, Vt.) with two goals apiece during that stretch, as the Spartans took a 10-1 lead into halftime.
Lyndon State closed its deficit to six by scoring four of the first five goals of the third quarter, with Jones and Konner Bick (North Syracuse, N.Y.) scoring two goals apiece. Castleton put the game away by scoring the final six goals of the contest, starting when Devoid completed his hat trick with 2:39 remaining in the third quarter and culminating with Sedell's fifth and sixth goals of the game, a new career high for the sophomore.
Besides Sedell's six goals and Devoid's three tallies, Siegel finished with two goals and two assists, while Wood and Alhage earned three assists apiece. The Castleton offense was clicking throughout the night, as there were assists on 13 of the 17 goals.
Once again, Joshua Gosselin (Barre, Vt.) started everything in the faceoff circle for the Spartans, winning 22-of-25 faceoffs, including all 13 first-half faceoffs, as he tied his career high with 18 ground balls. Brandon Myron (Rensselaer, N.Y.) made six saves, including four in the first quarter as he kept Lyndon State off the board in the opening 15 minutes.
Besides his three goals, Jones also tied Kendrick Mills (Bellows Falls, Vt.) for the team lead with three ground balls apiece. Shane Morin (Salem, N.H.) played the entire game in net for the Hornets, making 13 saves during the night.
The winner of the Castleton-New England College game Saturday will earn the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
--Courtesy of Castleton Sports Information