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Southern Maine Men's Lax Downs Castleton 14-10

Southern Maine Men's Lax Downs Castleton 14-10

Southern Maine Downs Castleton 14-10
Leonardo Becomes 8th USM Player to Reach 100 Points

            CASTLETON, Vt. -- Freshman Colin Kinney (Belgrade, Maine/Messalonskee) scored four goals and had one assist, and senior Paul Leonardo (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable) became the eighth player in the history of the University of Southern Maine men's lacrosse program to score 100 career points, as the Huskies defeated the Castleton University Spartans, 14-10, in Little East Conference action Saturday afternoon at Dave Wolk Stadium.

            The win was the third straight for the Huskies, and gets them back to .500 at 6-6 overall and 3-3 in the conference.  The loss was the fourth straight for the Spartans leaving them with a 4-11 overall record and a 2-5 record in LEC games.

            Coming into the game with 98 career points, Leonardo reached his milestone point when he scored a man-up goal off a feed from freshman Nick James (Portland, Maine/Deering) with 2:06 to play in the first quarter.  Leonardo finished the game with the one goal and three assists, and now has 102 career points on 79 goals and 23 assists in 49 games.

            Kinney, who came into the game with seven points on the season, had three goals in the second quarter when USM outscored CU 6-2 to take an 8-3 lead into halftime.

            Senior Jake Schoenberg (Topsham, Maine/Mt. Ararat) contributed three goals, and sophomore Cam Thibault (Scarborough, Maine) chipped in with a pair of goals.  Sophomore goalie Griffin Hanson (Dover, N.H.) finished with 11 saves to earn his sixth win of the year.

            Senior Jason Sedell (Pine Brook, N.J./DePaul Catholic) accounted for six of Castleton's 10 goals in the game.  Classmate Kyle Lutinski (New Fairfield, Conn.) added two goals and had one assist.  Senior goalie Brandon Myron (Rensselaer, N.Y.) stopped 11 shots.

            Southern Maine had a 48-37 edge in shots while Castleton won the battle for ground balls 35-32.

            Down 2-1 after one quarter, the Spartans opened the second quarter with goals from Lutinski and Sedell to take their only lead, 3-2.  Sparked by Kinney, the Huskies scored the next six goals in the quarter, and the first two in the third quarter to open up a 10-3 lead.  Schoenberg and Kinney did most of the damage in the surge as each found the net three times.

            Castleton closed to within four (13-9) with 10:58 to play after a run of three straight goals, two from Sedell and the last from senior Tom Pardew (Wallingford, Conn./Xavier), within a span of 1:16.

            Junior Bryce Randall (Portland, Maine/Deering) restored a five-goal cushion for the Huskies with his marker, off a feed from Kinney, with 3:54 to play.

            The Huskies will be at home for their final two regular-season games, hosting the University of Massachusetts Boston for Senior Night on Tuesday (7 p.m.) and Keene State College on Friday (6 p.m.).  The Spartans travel to Plymouth State University on Tuesday (7 p.m.).  That game will be played at New Hampton School.