Men’s tean drops conference game; Womens’ team ranks 4th in NEWLA

Mens’ LacrosseThe men’s lacrosse team bounced back Sunday from a tough loss the previous day to defeat Thomas College 27-2.

Perfect in the North Atlantic Conference going into Saturday’s match-up with rival Mount Ida, the Spartans dropped their first conference game to the also undefeated Mustangs 11-10. The defending champions kept Castleton at bay for the final three minutes after Brett Conley scored the game winner.

The Spartans ended the first quarter ahead 3-0, but Mount Ida came out in the second with three straight goals. Two more goals by each team left the squads tied 5-5 going into the half.

The Mustangs took a one-goal lead in the third quarter but Matt VanDerKar answered with career goal number 100 to even the game. Back-and-forth action continued throughout the last two quarters with neither team gaining a distinct advantage.

Trailing 10-9 in the fourth, VanDerKar tied the game with 4:13 remaining. However, Conley scored the game winner one minute later.

Jake Rick led the Spartans with three goals while VanDerKar and Robbie Scanlon each contributed two. Coach David Wiezalis’ squad (5-1, 6-4) hosts Johnson State today in its final regular season conference game.

Women’s lacrosse

The Spartan women also came back Sunday to defeat Thomas College after a 15-5 loss to Worcester State the day before. Castleton improved to 4-2 in the New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA) and 5-4 overall with the 17-3 victory.

Coach Tammy Landon’s squad went into halftime with an 8-2 lead, out shooting the Terriers 37-6. Nicole Bouchard led the Spartans with three goals and three assists. Nicole Adams and Kristin Mullholand also had three goals. Francesca Mazzola earned the win in the cage with three saves.

The Spartans, who rank fourth in NEWLA standings, host Keene State Thursday in their final regular season game.

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