Mens lax improving their season

The Castleton men’s lacrosse team split this past weekend with a win over Green Mountain on Friday evening and a loss to Potsdam State on Saturday afternoon. The Green Mountain game ended 20-1 before the Spartans fell 11-8 after a late comeback against Potsdam.

Freshman Matt Nota recorded his first career hat trick in the Green Mountain game and was the Spartans’ leading scorer. Seventeen different players scored and 15 of the 20 goals were assisted.

With the win, the Spartan men improved to 5-2 on the season and faced a tough Potsdam team on Saturday.

Senior Sam Bailey and junior Alex Green were the Spartans’ leading scorers each with two goals apiece against Potsdam.

The visiting Bears reached the goal first with two quick shots from Derek Frost and a third from Brady Fremont.
With two more goals added by Potsdam, the Spartans found themselves down 5-0, but Sam Bailey stepped up to score with just 1:16 left in the first quarter.

“We knew coming into today that Potsdam would be good just based on the difficulty of their schedule and the strength of their program,” said senior midfielder Kenny Bourneuf. “But we also knew today was a good
opportunity to test our team.”

One minute into the second quarter, Sam Bailey scored behind his head off a pass from senior Spencer Hunt from behind the net. The rest of the quarter remained scoreless and the score at halftime was 5-2 in favor of Potsdam.

With a goal from Rob Kunz, Potsdam was up 6-2 early in the second half. Soon after, the Spartans scored two goals to close the gap to just two.

Frost notched his third goal of the game to break the Castleton scoring streak, but goals from Nohea King and Luke Titus put Castleton right back in it. Zach Davidson had a goal to tie the score at seven, but the referees called it back because of a crease violation.

Pat Morill began a three-goal streak to put  his squad up 10-6. The Spartans answered with goals from junior Will Stuhler and Green to come within two goals, but the Bears got one more goal to seal the win 11-8.

“We have been struggling to play a full 60 minutes. We had the opportunities to take over the game, we just fell short,” senior defender Ryan Cave said.

Freshman goalie Peter Latulippe had 11 saves on the day for CSC, as did Stefan Sloma for Potsdam.

“We know we can compete against better team and we’re disappointed about the loss, but if we fix a few things, I’m confident we’ll go far,” Bourneuf said.

The Spartans will be back in action and looking for another win on Saturday, April 6, at 3:30 p.m. when they face off against Thomas.

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