LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – Tuesday's matchup was the determining factor of who would grasp a first-round bye in the North Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse playoffs, but Lyndon State College came up short to Castleton University, 17-3.
The Spartans started the scoring streak quickly at the 14:30 mark from Jason Sedell. They didn't look back as they went on to score four more within the first quarter.
The second quarter didn't see a goal until the 8:20 tick as Shea Jones (Hull, Mass.) assisted Ian Pelkey (Milton, Vt.) putting the Hornets on the board. The Spartans would close out the first half with three more goals to push their lead to 8-1.
It was a slow moving third stanza as the Spartans controlled the field in the Hornet zone tacking on five more.
The Hornets grasped their second goal from Konner Bick (North Syracuse, N.Y.) off of an assist from Spencer Aubin (Sharon, Mass.) at 13:48. At 10:20, the Spartans scored with a player down, but Zachary Carey (Exeter, N.H.) would find his way and score the Hornets' final goal of the game at 5:50. The Spartans tallied three more to finish off with the 17-3 victory.
Pelkey, Carey, and Bick led with a goal each along with Jones picking up a team-high of four ground balls for the Hornets.
Kevin McCarthy grasped five goals, an assist, and a ground ball while Sedell added three goals and Joshua Gosselin had a game-high eleven ground balls.
Shane Morin (Salem, N.H.) had 20 saves on the day as he took the loss with Brandon Myron having four saves with the win in net.
Lyndon (9-6, 5-2 NAC) will host a quarterfinal playoff game against Thomas on Saturday at a time TBA.