CASTLETON, Vt. – Senior attackmen Nick Billy (Redding, Conn.) and Devin Arnold (Buffalo, N.Y.) combined for eight goals and two assists to lead #15 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to a 16-2 win over Castleton in non-conference men's lacrosse action at Spartan Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The Engineers improve to 8-3 overall on the season. The Spartans fall to 5-6 overall.
Arnold and Billy poured in four goals apiece to pace the RPI offense. Sophomore Eric Valero (Princeton Jct. N.J.) and Wes Rudy (Doylestown, Pa.) added two goals each while Scott O'Leary (Grafton, Mass.) Andrew Miller (New Hartford, N.Y.), Brett Overend (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Brian Larkin (Florham Park, N.J.) all chipped in with one marker.
Conor Chocheles (Babylon, N.Y.) dished out a game-high four assists while Arnold, Billy and Rudy added one assist apiece.
For Castleton, junior midfielder Adam Groot (Canandaigua, N.Y.) and freshman attackman Alex Green (Braintree, Vt.) scored a goal each for the Spartans. Groot picked up an assist on Green's goal at 2:30 of the fourth quarter.
Arnold opened up the scoring for RPI at 11:29 of the first quarter quick-sticking in a shot past Castleton goaltender Dave DeGhetto (Clifton, N.J.) for a 1-0 lead and his 20th goal of the season. Larkin made it 2-0 only 13 seconds later scooping up a groundball in front of DeGhetto and slipping it past the goaltender for his third of the season. Billy closed out the scoring in the first quarter at 5:37 with his 21st goal of the season on a feed from Chocheles pushing the Engineers lead to 3-0.
Trailing 6-0 in the third quarter, Groot finally got Castleton on the scoreboard at 14:33 driving towards the net from the top of the attacking area, beating a defender and ripping a shot past RPI goaltender James Manchester (Niskayuna, N.Y.) for his 12th of the season and 6-1 deficit.
The Engineers responded with nine unanswered goals to close out the contest spearheaded by a pair of goals from Arnold, Billy and Valero. Overend's seventh goal of the season at 12:11 and Rudy's 14th marker at 8:30 highlighted the scoring outburst.
Overend spun by a defender and ripped a shot past DeGhetto to make it 8-1 in favor of the Engineers. Rudy followed moments later with a fantastic goal from behind the net slipping two defenders and sneaking a shot behind DeGhetto for a 9-1 lead.
In net, Manchester made five saves for RPI while backup goaltender Jon Yen (Short Hills, N.J.) stopped two shots. For Castleton, DeGhetto turned away seven shots in 55 plus minutes of action.
Castleton returns to action on Saturday, April 16 at home versus North Atlantic Conference (NAC) opponent, Thomas College, at 11 am.