Win against Johnson puts men at 1-0 in conference

The men’s lacrosse team earned its first win of the season on March 24 as it routed Johnson State College, 20-3, in North Atlantic Conference lacrosse action at Spartan Stadium.

For coach Bo McDougall, the win was his first at Castleton as the Spartans improve to 1-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play. Johnson State dropped to 0-2 on the season and 0-1 in the conference.

“It’s exciting to get this first win,” McDougall said. “Great way to start league play.”

The Spartans got goals from 11 different players, but none played as well as freshman Zach Davidson, who scored a total of eight points as he had five goals and three assists.

Evan Tucker, A.J. Groot and Cam Ormiston each had three goals for the Spartans, while Brian McCarthy added three assists.

“Zach has a great mind for the game. He understands what he needs to do and does it, and that showed this game with his performance,” McDougall said.

Davidson and Groot dominated the first half of play as the two of them accounted for the first seven goals of the game, including two each in the first period. Davidson was then scored three straight goals as the Spartans took a commanding 7-0 lead with ten minutes left in the second period.

Tucker added two more over a 16 second period, and Ormiston added one more for good measure to take a 10-0 lead.

 Johnson’s Nash Garceau scored with less than a second to go in the half, getting his team on the board.

In the third period, eight different players, including Tucker and Groot, scored for Castleton and despite giving up a goal in the period to Johnson’s Alex Petti, the Spartans entered the fourth period with an 18-2 lead.

Ormiston scored twice in the last period and Petti tacked on another goal for Johnson as the Spartans won 20-3 in dominating fashion.

“The guys have become comfortable with each other and it has shown with their unselfish play,” McDougall said. “Hopefully we can have more scoring outbursts like this one as we get to know each other even better.”

The Spartans dominated all aspects of the game, taking 45 shots to Johnson’s 17 and getting 70 ground balls to Johnson’s 26.  

Eric Horsfield got the win in goal for the Spartans, playing 35 minutes, making five saves and only allowing one goal.

Castleton will be playing Norwich at home on Thursday for a 7 p.m. conference match-up.


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