Castleton Edges Lacrosse In Little East Showdown

Castleton Edges Lacrosse In Little East Showdown

BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Cameron Russell's game-high six goals, the Spartans of Castleton University slipped past lacrosse by the final of 12-10 in a Little East Conference match-up Wednesday evening at James Cotter Field.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 10, Castleton University 12

UMass Boston (1-9, 0-2 Little East Conference)
Castleton University (3-7, 1-2 Little East Conference)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Along with Russell's six tallies, the Spartans also took advantage of a scoreless fourth quarter for the Beacons, which allowed them to complete the victory.  After a Jack Riley (Wrentham, Mass.) goal at the 6:26 mark of the third quarter, the Spartans fired-off four straight goals. 

They tied the affair at 10-10 at the 11:20 mark of the fourth, before scoring the two game clinching goals with just over five minutes remaining in regulation.

Prior to the fourth quarter, the two teams exchanged control of the scoreboard, with UMB earning a slim 5-4 lead after the first.  Castleton then scored three straight to take their largest lead at the team (7-5).  The Beacons would tie the game at 7-7 with 10 seconds left before the halftime break.

In the third, UMB would take their final lead of the contest with Donny Bickford (Braintree, Mass.) and Riley each finding the back of the net to make it 10-8 with just over six minutes to play.  Unfortunately, the goal by Riley would be the last for the Beacons, as Castleton scored the four goals they needed to earn the programs first-ever win as a member of the Little East Conference.

Leading the way for UMB's attack was Jeremy Girard (Hinsdale, Mass.) who had two goals and two assists.  Bickford also had a solid day for the Beacons with his two goals and an assist. 

Jared Coltey (East Longmeadow, Mass.) led the contest at the face-off dot with a 12-for-17 showing, while a quartet of Beacons finished with a pair of caused turnovers.  Tommy Wilber, Jr. (Walpole, Mass.) and Coltey each collected five ground balls.

Cameron Dixson (Wayland, Mass.) registered 11 saves between the pipes, while his Castleton counterpart Brandon Myron made 17 stops to earn his second win of the season.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Wednesday's contest marked the first meeting between the Beacons and the Spartans since 1982
  • The all-time series between the two teams is now 1-1
  • Castleton became the ninth member of the Little East Conference last summer, and made their first-ever trip to James Cotter Field
  • Beacons led the contest in total shots with 37, ground balls with 34, and were 23-for-27 on clear attempts

WHO'S NEXT

The Beacons will travel to UMass Dartmouth on Saturday for a 12 p.m. Little East Conference game.