PSU Men’s Lacrosse upended by Castleton

PSU Men’s Lacrosse upended by Castleton

Pichel, Garland top performances for Panthers

            CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton outscored Plymouth State University 6-2 in the second half on the way to an 11-8 comeback victory over the Panthers Saturday afternoon in their home opener at Spartan Stadium.

            PSU outshot the home team 49-38 in the contest and forced the Spartans into 21 turnovers while committing just 12, but only put 25 of its 49 shots on the cage as the team fell to 0-3. Castleton went 5-for-10 on its man-up opportunities to improve to 1-2 on the year.

            Freshmen Jason Sedell, Kyle Lutinski and Tom Pardew paced the Castleton offense as the trio combined for 13 points. Sedell had two goals and three assists while Lutinski and Pardew each scored two goals and dished off two assists. Louis Alhage added two goals, two assists and three ground balls.

            Senior Phil Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) paced the Panther offense with a hat trick, while sophomore Galen Antolino (Exeter, N.H.) added two goals. Junior Mac Tetreault (New Durham, N.H.) and Tyler Hawley (Jericho, Vt.) each chipped in one goal and two assists, while senior Ryan Garland (Franklin, Mass.) had four ground balls and four caused turnovers. 

            The Panthers opened the scoring at 7:49, before Pardew scored his first career goal with 4:37 left to tie it. However, Plymouth State added a goal with just two seconds left in the period for the 2-1 lead after one quarter.

            Back-to-back goals from Sedell and Alhage in the first 3:03 of the second put Castleton on top, 3-2. The Panthers responded with two of their own to take back the lead, before Sedell tied it 4-4 with 7:30 left. The visitors kept working the ball and outscored the Spartans 2-1 over the final seven minutes for a 6-5 lead at the half. 

            Antolino extended the Plymouth State advantage to 7-5 on a man-up goal just 24 seconds into the third. However, Sam Siegal trimmed the deficit to one at 12:15, and Lutinski tied it 7-7 with 9:27 left.

            Castleton kept rolling with three more goals over the next 13 minutes to stretch its lead to 10-7 with 10:34 remaining. Cam Cormier tried to start the comeback, but Pardew added his second goal at 5:46 for the 11-8 advantage. The defense was locked in the rest of the way to preserve the three-goal win. 

            Sophomore Joshua Gosselin won 10 of 19 faceoffs and picked up eight ground balls, while Romello Lindsey made the start and corralled seven saves while giving up six goals in 31:30. Peter Latulippe earned the win as he stopped ten shots while allowing two goals in 28:30. 

            PSU junior Jayson LaRiviere (Chelmsford, Mass.) took the loss in net as he allowed 11 goals while making nine saves.

            The Spartans return to action on Wednesday, when they travel to play at SUNY Potsdam at 7 pm. Plymouth State plays Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

(Courtesy of Castleton Sports Information)

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