NEWTON, Mass. – The most successful start to a Mount Ida College men's lacrosse season hit its first roadblock on Friday evening as the Mustangs suffered their first defeat of the 2017 season, a 12-7 setback at the hands of visiting Castleton University in non-conference action at Alumni Field.
The Mustangs (4-1) withstood an early onslaught from Castleton (2-2) and tied the game up at four, but the Spartans put the game out of reach with four goals in the fourth quarter and rode a five point night from Ryan Stone (Meredith, N.H.) and a 17-22 face-off performance from Joshua Gosselin (Barre, Vt.) to the victory.
Junior goalie Cam Hayward (Derry, N.H.) made a game-high 19 stops for the Mustangs, who had started a season 4-0 for the first time in program history. Marcus Donahue (Braintree, Mass.) scored twice and Kyle Ton (Norwich, Conn.) and Chad Coehlo (Salem, Mass.) had a goal and an assist apiece, but Mount Ida was held to its lowest offensive output of the year and failed to score ten goals for the just the second time this season.
Stone scored three of the first four goals for Castleton, putting them up 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.
The Mustangs tied it thanks to Ton and Donahue's tallies in the second quarter, but the visitors ended the half with two goals, the first of which the beginning of an eventual hat trick for senior Louis Alhage (New Milford, Conn.).
Isaac Devoid (St. Albans, Vt.) added two goals in the fourth quarter for the Spartans and Alhage capped off his hat trick with 4:37 to play in the game. Alhage also had six ground balls in the win, helping the Spartans to a 38-29 edge in that category.
Sophomore Brandon Myron (Rensselaer, N.Y.) made 16 saves for Castleton, improving to 2-2 on the year.
Mount Ida begins a three-game road trip next week with a 4:00 pm game at Regis on Wednesday afternoon.
Castleton looks to build on their victory next Tuesday with a home game against Plymouth State at 4:00 pm.