The Castleton men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 5-1 North Atlantic Conference record with its 19-0 shutout win over the University of Maine-Farmington on April 18.The Spartans, now on a four-game winning streak, had 10 players reach the scoring column in their win over the Beavers at Spartan Stadium.
Junior attackman Mike DelDotto led the Spartan offense with five goals and an assist. Jeremy Peyton, a junior attackman, tallied a hat trick, and freshman Sam Bailey earned playmaker honors with his three-assist performance. Kevin McCarthy scored two goals and earned two assists and his brother, Brian McCarthy, scored two goals and also assisted on a goal.
Even the long poles were able to get in on the scoring as sophomore midfielder John Petrovitsis tallied a goal. More impressive than the fact Petrovitsis plays as a long-pole midfielder is that he also wears a cast around his right wrist from an early-season injury.
“It was tough at first,” Petrovitsis said of playing with the cast. “But I got a new cast and the mobility is a lot better now.”
Kevin McCarthy said that with only three games left in the regular season it is important for the team to work on the little things now as well as getting different players in the game.
“It’s not just about getting those guys in, but it’s like a live-ammo practice. We can run things we don’t usually get to run,” Kevin McCarthy said. “And it’s great for the guys who work hard in practice because they get a chance to show their stuff.”
Spartan goaltenders Dave DeGhetto (1 save) and David Manghis (3 saves) didn’t see many shots on goal as the team’s defense was unyielding to the Beaver offense. Although this was not a hard win to come by, the team’s focus has not changed.
“We have a feel for each other out on the field right now,” said DeGhetto. “We have to take it one game at a time, though. You can’t really think about Ida because any team can step up on any given day”.
The Spartans will go on the road on April 24 to take on St. Joseph’s College in Maine.