Lacrosse team comes up just short in NACs

The men’s lacrosse team closed out its season with a 29-5 loss against Endicott College on Saturday. Mike Martinez scored 3 of the 5 goals scored.

The loss knocked Castleton out of the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament, while Endicott went on to capture the ECAC title against Lassell College.

The Spartans began their ECAC run with a victory over Salem State in the first round of the ECAC tournament on May 7. Martinez came through in the clutch for Castleton, which found itself in a tie game. Martinez shot a laser in the back of the net, giving the Spartans a 12-11 lead with 41 seconds remaining in the game.

Martinez led all scorers against Salem with 4 goals, as Mike DelDotto tallied a hat trick and dished out an assist. Brett Quillia handed out 3 assists and Jake Rick assisted on two goals. Daniel Luzzi, Phil Barry, Tyson Chouinard, and Derek Riley all added a goal to the Spartans attack.

After defeating Salem, Castleton was scheduled to travel to Endicott.

Before reaching the ECAC tournament, Castleton found itself in a familiar position as it departed from North Atlantic Conference finals against Mount Ida with the bitter taste of defeat in their mouths. The Spartans lost the game 16-9, making this the fifth consecutive year Castleton has lost the NAC finals.

Jake Rick led Castleton scorers against Mount Ida with 2 goals, and 3 assists. Phil Barry scored twice and assisted on two goals, Mike DelDotto also tallied 2 goals. Kirk Bolduc, Devon Wood, Korey Counos all added a goal to Casleton’s offense.

Despite the unfavorable outcome, the team is still proud of all that they accomplished this season.

“It was a successful season, I feel like we brought the program further,” said Junior attack Devon Wood.

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