FARMINGTON — Strong stick work and an elite passing game spurred Castleton University to an impressive 22-2 win over the University of Maine at Farmington in a North Atlantic Conference men’s lacrosse game at Prescott Field on Saturday.

UMF (0-5) held the defending NAC champions in check, for nearly 7 minutes, before Castleton (5-3) found a way to break a tight Beaver defense.

“We were frustrated early,” Castleton coach Bo McDougal said. “We had to figure out how to make every pass have a purpose.”

Spartan Tom Pardew (two goals) benefited from an excellent midfield transition when Castleton strung together four straight passes, the final coming from teammate Sam Siegel, leaving Pardew open on the left side for a 1-0 lead at 8:23 of the first quarter.

From there, the Spartan’s dominated taking a 12-0 lead by halftime. Fifteen Castleton players scored goals led by Kyle Lutinski with three.

“We wanted to come in here and execute at a high level,” McDougal said. “I think after we got by the first few minutes we did that.”

It was the 20th straight loss for the Beavers, over three seasons, who are working hard to build a competitive program within the ranks of the NAC.

“Something like this sets us back a little,” UMF coach Jim Dock said. “We need to find the good things we did and use them to help us down the road.”

“If we can continue to play defense, like we did early in the game, we will be okay,” he added. “I liked what I saw and I liked the character we showed.”

Castleton held statistical advantages in a number of areas, including outshooting the Beavers 60-15, taking a 41-22 edge in ground balls and winning 20 of the 27 face offs.

Castleton pushed the lead to 16-0 on a Drew Wood goal at 8:45 of the third.

UMF continued to pressure Castleton, regardless of the score. The Beavers persistence finally paid off when Travis St. Pierre netted his first of two second half goals with 8:08 remaining in the third quarter.

Castleton thrust three goalkeepers into the game with Brandon Myron, logging a half of playing time while registering three saves. Romello Lindsey collected two saves and starting keeper Peter Latulippe zero. UMF keeper Caleb Carr went the distance logging eight saves.

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