The Castleton State College women’s lacrosse team has earned a .500 record thus far in non-conference action. Even with a tough schedule early in the season, the Spartans seem to be handling the pressure well. Castleton opened its season at Western Connecticut State College on March 6, losing a heated battle 16-11. Senior Stephanie Pearce and junior Marie VanDerKar each had four goals, while grad student Nikki Adams netted two. Newcomer Katelyn Nardini added 1.
The Spartans then beat Thomas College in their home opener on March 13 with a score of 17-3. Castleton had over half of the roster score in the game. They were led by Pearce and VanDerKar, who fired in three each.
Four days after beating the Terriers, the Spartans added another W, beating Colby Sawyer College 18-8. VanDerKar led the attack with five goals while Stephanie Paproski and Adams both chipped in three.
Castleton entered Saturday’s game against Plymouth State with a high level of confidence, hoping to extend its winning streak to three games.
Elizabeth Haggerty opened up the scoring for the Spartans just 10 minutes into the game. One minute later, Adam’s found the back of the net to make it 2-0. Pearce was not far behind when, not even a minute later, she made it 3-0.
Plymouth State answered with two straight goals by Jen Foley and Britney Chiles, though, quieting the Spartan fans.
The Spartans roared back with goals by Angelica Mazzola and Paproski only 20 seconds apart. Chiles scored again for the Panthers, cutting Castleton’s lead to 5-3 at halftime.
Pearce started the second half off strong for the Spartans, scoring just18 seconds into the second half. From there, Plymouth scored three goals to tie the game up. Castleton’s Adams found the back of the net again, pushing Castleton back out in front with a score of 7-6.
Plymouth’s Brianna Davis took charge of the game after that, though, and put an end to the back-and-forth game as she scored five straight goals, giving the Panthers the surge they needed to come out on top by a score of 14-8.
Castleton goalkeeper Rebecca Duszak had some key saves to keep the Spartans in the game in the first half, and she ended the day with nine saves.
The Spartans look for another win in Spartan Stadium on March 22 when they host Skidmore. Draw is slated to start at 6:00 p.m.