Randy and Ryan Castle first started playing lacrosse in the third grade and now are taking the college field together.
The two Emmanuel College freshmen discovered each other’s positions in their backyard as kids.
“Me and Randy were always outside practicing growing up,” Ryan Castle said. “That’s how he became a goalie.”
Ryan became an attacker and the twin brothers played together on every team, expect for one, all the way to college.
They took the field at Wentworth on the road for their first collegiate game and started right away.
Ryan scored the first goal of Emmanuel’s season under two minutes into the game and tied for the team-high with two in total. Randy held the defensive end and made a season-high 21 saves in net, which stands for the second-most in program history for a single game.
“Our first game was crazy. There are just so many more people watching and cheering for you,” Randy Castle said. “Walking out on the field together again in college was amazing. It felt like we were back in senior year of high school.”
Ryan Castle took on the attack position because of his physical play and size, while Randy suited up in net once he realized he didn’t have to get slashed every day.
The twins played together at Masconomet Regional High School where Randy would walk over to the offensive huddle and tell Ryan the opposing goalies’ weak spots.
Ryan registered 101 points in his senior year, was named to the Cape Ann League (CAL) All-Star team on two occasions, a Salem News All-Star twice and was a team captain.
“It was great scoring 101 points as a senior at Masco,” Ryan Castle said. “Those four years at Masco were the best four years playing lacrosse I have had. We were like a family.”
Ryan and Randy won the Cape Ann League with Randy starting in net. During his time at Masco, he was named to the Cape Ann League All-Star team twice and was a Salem News All-Star twice.
He also played in net for the Agganis All-Star Classic in 2019.
“I take a lot of pride in being a goalie. But I don’t just have pride for myself, I have pride for my defense,” Randy Castle said. “They are the ones trying to keep the ball out of the net as well. I enjoy every second that I am playing.”
The two wanted to play at the same college together and in the city of Boston, so around the fall of their senior year, the two started talking to Emmanuel coach, Trevor Craven, and were recruited soon after.
Ryan and Randy started all four games for Emmanuel before the 2020 season was cancelled due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Ryan shared the team-lead in goals/points with seven for the season and in one game against UMass Boston, he scored a season-high four goals.
“Playing my first game in college was definitely something I’ll remember. It’s very different,” Ryan Castle said. “Things feel more official and the game is more physical. The players chirp a lot more.”
Randy recorded two 19-save outings during the season, both the fourth-highest in program history for a single game.
He finished with 69 saves to lead the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) and ranked 11th among NCAA Division III goalies averaging 17.25 saves per game. He recorded a .500 save percentage over 233 minutes in net.
“Playing in College is so much different than playing in high school. The level of competition is just a lot different and took some getting use to,” Randy Castle said. “Also, being a freshman again is really weird having to fight for a spot. It was very new to me, but I’m glad that I got that experience and am ready to do it again next season.”