MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Castleton State College men's lacrosse team scored the first two goals of the game, but Middlebury scored the next 11 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III National Tournament with a 24-7 win Wednesday afternoon.
Alex Brands (Woodstock, Vt.) corralled a ground ball off the opening face-off and raced downfield to score just 13 seconds into the contest, and Sam Bailey (Hartford, Vt.) scored one minute and 20 seconds later to give Castleton an early 2-0 lead.
The momentum was short-lived however, as Andrew Conner (Alexandria, Va.) sliced the lead in half 20 seconds later, and Tim Chaill (Glastonbury, Conn.) drew the Panthers even one minute after.
Middlebury scored the final eight goals of the first period, and the first three of the second before Nohea King (St. Albans, Vt.) scored off an Adam Groot (Canandaigua, N.Y.) helper with seven minutes left before halftime. Phil Patterson (Essex, Vt.) cut the deficit to 11-4 with 4:27 left, but it was as close as the Spartans would come.
Conner led Middlebury with five goals and an assist, while Cahill added four goals and David Hild (West Hartford, Conn.) finished with a game-high seven points on three goals and four assists. John McGoldrich (Norwalk, Conn.) posted three goals and two assists, while Darren Scheufele (Weston, Conn.) and Brooks Toth (Bronxville, N.Y.) scored a pair to round out the Panthers in double-digits.
Patterson and Bailey each finished with two goals to lead the Spartans. King finished with a goal and two assists, while Brands added a goal and an assist. Alex Green (Braintree, Vt.) rounded out the Spartan scorers with a single marker, bumping his program-record to an even 50 on the season.
Dave DeGhetto (Clifton, N.J.) stopped 14 shots as Castleton's season closes at 12-7.
Ryan Deane (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) made two saves in the win before yielding the second half to Charles Ward (Alexandria, Va.) who made eight saves.
Middlebury improves to 13-4 and will play Amherst, 12-8 winners over Keene State, in the seocnd round.