Castleton State College Spartans
The Castleton State College Spartans finished the 2012 season with an 11-9 record. The Spartans were the #2 seed heading into the North Atlantic Conference lacrosse tournament and made it all the way to the finals. Unfortunately, the Spartans fell to #1 seed New England College, 18-7. The Castleton State lacrosse team was invited to play in the ECAC New England lacrosse tournament but they fell also in the second round to the University of New England, 15-11. Bo McDougall, who will begin his second season as the head coach at Castleton State, was also named the NAC coach of the year in 2012. According to Coach McDougall, the expectations for the Spartans this spring are to focus on hard work, unselfish play and smart decision-making. He wants to make sure his team plays that way against every opponent on their schedule.
Looking to lead the Castleton State College Spartans in 2013 are Zach Davidson, Alex Green, Ryan Cave, Alex Brands and Brad Barber.
Zach Davidson is a sophomore attackman. He led the team in goals and points in 2012 and had 50 goals and 27 assists last spring. He was a 1st team All-NAC selection as well as the NAC Rookie of the year.
Alex Green is a junior attackman. Green is the 2011 NAC rookie of the year, and was also a 2nd team All-NAC selection in 2012. He was slowed down by injuries last spring, but still put in 35 goals and 12 assists. Coach McDougall is looking forward to a healthy Green this spring.
Ryan Cave is a senior defenseman. Cave started 15 games last spring and had 23 groundballs and 14 caused turnovers.
Alex Brands is a senior defenseman. Brands started 14 goals last spring and had 4 goals, 3 assists, 85 groundballs and 21 caused turnovers.
Brad Barber is a senior face-off midfielder. Barber had 1 assist, 76 groundballs, 9 caused turnovers and a 0.659 face-off win percentage in 2012.
Coach McDougall pointed out that his 2013 squad has a core group of ten seniors. He said that his group has seen three head coaches during their time at Castleton State. The Spartans won the NAC during their freshman and sophomore years, but lost in the finals as juniors. Coach McDougall is excited to see how hard these guys will play during the course of the 2013 season.
In the North Atlantic Conference, the favorite is New England College. According to Coach McDougall,”they (NEC) return a good amount of their offensive production from a year ago.” Having that production return makes them the far and away favorite to win the NAC. A dark-horse in the NAC this spring is Maine Maritime. The Mariners are returning three of their top five scorers and a good chunk of their core defense.