The Castleton State College Spartan's men's lacrosse team has captured their first ever North Atlantic Conference Championship and head for their first ever NCAA Division III National Championship.
The Spartans earned the trip by jumping out to a 6-2 early lead, and holding on to defeat the top seeded Mount Ida Mustangs 11-5 in the Conference Championship last Saturday in Newton, Mass.
The Spartans utilized better shot accuracy, putting 21 of their 38 shots, while Mount Ida could only place 11 of their 33 shots inside the posts. Castleton's net minder David DeGhetto outplayed his counterpart to secure the conference title for the Spartans.
Deghetto stooped six of the 11 shots fired at him, while Mount Ida's goalie James McAllister allowed 11 of the 21 shots blasted at him to get by into the net.
Michael Martinez and Nohea King each netted the hat trick to lead the Crusader's offense, while Sam Bailey contributed several goals and an assist to the huge win. Jake Rick and Craig McDerment each added a goal and an assist while Daniel Lizzi had a single goal to round out Castleton's scoring. Mount Ida, who wind up their season at 12-8 and 9-1 in NAC, got single goals from Nick Yacuzzi, Derek Broughton, Christopher Prophete, Brandon Keith and Paul Battapaglia. The loss was Mount Ida's only conference loss this year. Castleton heads to the national tournament with a 14-5 overall record. They wind up their 2010 conference play at 9-1. Congratulations Crusaders and good luck on your quest for a national championship.
Minutemen Hold Off Wasps 7-4
Last Friday Mill River held a 7-1 lead over Woodstock going into the Wasps final at bat. But with one out Woodstock's offense scored three more runs, while using up just one more out to do it. Then with tow runners on and two out in a 7-4 game Woodstock's Connor Blair came to the plate. Blair had touched Mill River hurler Joey Beland for two hits already, but not this time. Beland got Blair to ground out to first to end the come back, and secure the 7-4 Mill River win.