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Soccer, FH teams peak heading into playoffs

As the season winds down to its final week before the conference playoffs, the Spartan soccer teams are finding their way to the top tier of the standings. The Lady Spartans, led by third-year head coach Chris Chapdelaine and freshman forward Ashley Ledoux’s scoring binge, are in a second-place tie with Husson at 7-1 and sit only one game behind undefeated Maine-Farmington in the NAC.

Castleton helped its cause with a productive slate of weekend home games, defeating Becker 6-0 and Lesley 4-0. Ledoux had two goals in each contest, while senior Tracy Stala piled up three goals in the home stand.

The Castleton women, 10-6 overall as of Monday, close the regular season on the road against Thomas and Farmington.

On the men’s side, the Spartans claimed full possession of first in the Conference with an exciting 2-1 overtime win over second-place Becker.

Castleton took advantage of an opportunity in the extra period, after a Becker player was called for a hand ball while inside the box. Junior Ryan Hahn would score on the penalty kick and the Spartans held on for the final 22 minutes.

The Spartans finished the weekend with another victory, this time a 2-0 shutout of Lesley. Bennett Laderoute and Hahn had goals in the contest.

Castleton, 9-6 and 5-1 in the NAC, also finish its season with Thomas and Farmington this coming weekend.

The Spartan field hockey squad is enjoying its first winning season under fourth-year coach Tammy Landon and sits one game behind Husson for the conference lead.

Castleton, 10-4 overall and 6-1 in the NAC, get to host the first-place team Saturday in a key conference matchup.

For the season, Castleton has been led by juniors Kayla Blank and Carolyn Griggs with 12 and 10 goals, respectively. Both scorers have twice been named conference player of the week.