CASTLETON, Vt. – Plymouth State University jumped out to a 7-1 halftime lead and never looked back Saturday afternoon in defeating Castleton State College, 11-4, in non-conference men’s lacrosse action at Spartan Stadium.
Junior Andrew Eriksen (Beverly, Mass.) scored three goals and added one assist while senior Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) added two goals and three assists to lead the Panthers (1-2) to their first win of the season. Seniors Steve Engel (South Windsor, Conn.) and Matt Johansmeyer (Shelburne Falls, Mass.) each added one goal and one assist and seniors Derick Smith (New London, N.H.) and Adam Rothbart (Portland, Maine) and freshmen Shawn McEvoy (Spring, Texas) and Ty Long (Dover, N.H.) each tallied single markers. Hadley also collected a team-high seven ground balls and won all four of his face-off attempts.
Plymouth State opened up a 3-0 lead over the opening 18 minutes of play, as a pair of Giroux tallies sandwiched Long’s third goal of the season. Castleton got one back when Samuel Bailey (Hartford, Vt.) struck for his fourth of the year off a Jake Rick (Rochester, N.Y.) assist. That was as close as the Spartans would come, as Plymouth ended the first half on a 4-0 run on a pair of goals from Eriksen and one each from Smith and Johansmeyer.
Korey Counos (St. Albans, Vt.) scored one minute into the third period to cut the lead to five, but Plymouth once again answered with four-straight goals to put the game out of reach.
Rick and Michael Martinez (Barrington, Ill.) each scored once to round out the Castleton (1-3) scorers. Rick also corralled a game-high nine ground balls in the loss. David DeGhetto (Clifton, NJ) stopped nine shots on goal for the Spartans.
Junior Kevin Hayes (Beverly, Mass.) picked up the win for Plymouth in net, stopping seven shots and backstopping a Plymouth defense that kept the Spartans at bay for much of the contest, and forced 44 turnovers.
Castleton opens its North Atlantic Conference (NAC) schedule next Saturday when the Spartans play host to Johnson State at 1:00 p.m. Plymouth State will travel to Massachusetts Maritime on Tuesday for a 4:00 p.m. non-conference tilt in a rematch of last season’s ECAC Tournament game.
(Courtesy of Castleton Sports Information)
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