The men’s hockey team entered the ECAC East playoffs as the seventh seed, facing the second-placed Babson Beavers in the quarterfinals. Babson scored early in the first period and added another goal to lead the Spartans
2-0 heading into the first intermission.
Castleton got on the scoreboard five minutes into the second period with a goal from Ross Carmichael. But the Spartans’ hopes of pulling off an upset came to a halt when Babson added a goal late in the second period and scored an empty netter with a minute left in the game.
The 4-1 loss to Babson ends the season for the Spartans. They finished with a 4-19-3 record, which was definitely an improvement from last year’s winless season.
Women suffer similar fate
The women’s hockey team was seeded sixth in the ECAC East playoffs and faced third-seeded New England College in the quarterfinals. The game was a blowout from the start as New England scored four goals in the first period.
After New England had scored four more goals, the lady Spartans scored their first and only goal of the game when Katelyn Greene found the net in the third period. New England out-shot the Spartans 62-15 on their way to an 11-1 victory.
The Castleton women finished the season with a record of 7-18, and goalie Vanessa Carter set the Division 3 record for most saves in a season with a total of 1,547.
Ski team ends successful season
The Castleton skiing team participated in the USCSA Eastern Regionals at Waterville Valley in hopes of qualifying for the National Championships.
Both the men and women Spartan skiers finished in 13th place. In the slalom, Justin Schwartz was the fastest Castleton male skier and finished in 27th place while Colleen Pruss led the women’s team with a 49th place finish. Both Schwartz and Pruss also led their teams in the giant slalom with 34th and 47th place finishes respectively.
The Regional Championships marked the end of Castleton’s successful season, and the future looks very bright for Coach Chris Eder and his Spartan skiers.