Western men's lacrosse wins second straight game, doubles up Castleton State, 10-5

from the desk of Jeff Weld and Ben Stockwell - Castleton State SID office

Box Score

CASTLETON, VT (Mar. 11) - Western Connecticut State University used a seven-goal second period goals, including four with an extra attacked, en route to a 10-5 win over Castleton State College in non-conference men’s lacrosse action Sunday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.

The loss drops Castleton to 0-3 while Western has now won two-straight to improve to 2-1.

Brian McCarthy (Johnson, Vt.) scored three goals to lead the Spartan attack. Freshman Zach Davidson (South Burlington, Vt.) added a goal and an assist while A.J. Groot (Canandaigua, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring column for Castleton. Defenseman Alex Brands (Woodstock, Vt.) chipped in an assist and also corralled a team-high seven ground balls and caused three turnovers.

Ryan Gillis (Norwich, Conn.) and Ryan Foster (Ledyard, Conn.) each had two goals and an assist to lead Western. Jason Szabo (Apharetta, Ga.) added a pair of goals while Raul Bourgeois (New Milford, Conn.), Taylor Leahy (Marlborough, Conn.), and J.C. Flaherty (Old Lyme, Conn.) each chipped in a goal and an assist. Nick Foley (Walpole, Mass.) rounded out the Colonial scorers with a single tally. Brandon Marszalek (Somers, Conn.) was everywhere in the Colonial defensive third, racking up a game-high nine ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Trailing 2-1 after a pair of McCarthy markers, the Colonials scored four-straight goals over a four minute span in the second period to take a 5-2 lead they would not relinquish. Flaherty and Gillis each had a goal and an assist to key the run.

McCarthy’s third goal of the half briefly stopped the surge, but Western answered with two more man-up goals inside of three minutes to take a 7-3 lead into halftime.

Two more third period tallies pushed the Western lead to 9-3 entering the final stanza, where Castleton drew as close as 9-5 on Groot’s unassisted score with 6:18 remaining. Szabo was able to push the lead back to five with his second goal of the game, this one with an extra attacker, for the final margin.

The Colonials finished an impressive 5-for-8 with the extra attacker, and also killed off both of Castleton’s opportunities.

Tyler Martone (Cheshire, Conn.) finished with eight saves in the win, while Castleton freshman Eric Horsfield (Tolland, Conn.) was saddled with loss making eight saves through three periods. Senior David DeGhetto (Clifton, N.J.) allowed a single goal and had a save in the final period for Castleton.

Castleton will play host to Plymouth State next Saturday at 1 pm, and Western returns home to host Vassar Wednesday at 4 pm.

Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)

Western Connecticut (2-1) vs. Castleton (0-3)
Date: Mar 11, 2012 Location: Castleton, Vt. Stadium: Spartan Stadium
Attendance:333 Start time:2:00 pm End time:3:50 pm Total time:1:50

SCORE BY PERIOD..... 1 2 3 4 Tot
Western Connecticut. 0 7 2 1 - 10
Castleton........... 1 2 0 2 - 5

Western Connecticut SCORING: GOALS: Ryan Gillis 2; Ryan Foster 2; Jason Szabo 2; Raul Bourgeois 1; J.C. Flaherty 1; Taylor Leahy 1; Nick Foley 1.
ASSISTS: Mike Schoen 2; Andrew Bascom 1; Raul Bourgeois 1; J.C. Flaherty 1; Ryan Foster 1; Ryan Gillis 1; Taylor Leahy 1.

Castleton SCORING: GOALS: Brian McCarthy 3; Zach Davidson 1; AJ Groot 1.
ASSISTS: Alex Brands 1; Zach Davidson 1.

Western Connecticut GROUND BALLS: Brandon Marszalek 9; Ryan Gillis 4; John Helwig 3; Mike Schoen 3; Andrew Bascom 2; Nick Foley 2; Brandon Hall 2; Eric Small 2; Raul Bourgeois 1; J.C. Flaherty 1; Ryan Foster 1; Andrew Golden 1; Taylor Leahy 1.

Castleton GROUND BALLS: Alex Brands 7; Brian McCarthy 4; Ryan Cave 3; Alex Denny 3; Adam Farmer 3; AJ Groot 3; Nohea King 3; Zach Davidson 2; Ethan Smith 2; Eric Horsfield 1; Cody Katzberger 1; Phil Patterson 1; Will Stuhler 1.

Western Connecticut TURNOVERS CAUSED: Andrew Bascom 3; Brandon Hall 3; Brandon Marszalek 3; Mike Schoen 2; Mike Beckwith 1; Tom Dellamarggio 1; Jon McLean 1.
Castleton TURNOVERS CAUSED: Alex Brands 3; Adam Farmer 3; Ethan Smith 3; Ryan Cave 1; Nohea King 1.

SHOTS - Western Connecticut 39; Castleton 27.
SHOTS ON GOAL - Western Connecticut 19; Castleton 13.

Penalties - Western Connecticut 2/1:30; Castleton 8/6:30.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - Western Connecticut 5-8; Castleton 0-2.

TURNOVERS - Western Connecticut 18; Castleton 23.

FACEOFFS - Western Connecticut 7-18; Castleton 11-18.

CLEARS - Western Connecticut 22-24; Castleton 20-22.

GOALIES - WCSUML: Tyler Martone 2-1 (60:00 minutes, 13 shots-8 saves, 5 GA); CST: Dave DeGhetto (15:00, 2-1, 1) , Eric Horsfield 0-1 (45:00, 17-8, 9).

Start time: 2:00 pm Finish time: 3:50 pm Length of game: 1:50
Officials: Jim Farrell; Woody Carrigan; James Stewart. Scorer: Ben

A-333 T-1:50