The women’s field hockey team fell to the number one seed St. Joseph’s College in overtime 2-1 on Wednesday, Nov. 4 when they traveled to Standish, Maine for the North Atlantic Conference Semifinals. The game was very fast-paced and evenly-matched. Both teams had plenty of scoring opportunities throughout the entire match. The Monks would score first just six minutes into the contest.
But Castleton would quickly answer back when senior forward Courtney Nolan knotted up the score just nearly eight minutes later.
The Spartans gained momentum and were able to register four shots on target in the final 20 minutes of the first half.
The score remained dead locked for the remainder of the match until St. Joseph scored in the overtime period.
With the score still tied at the end of the match both teams would battle it out in overtime.
The two teams would duel seven-on-seven for 15 minutes of sudden death.
Castleton had many attempts to clinch victory in the overtime. The Spartans had five shots on goal and three penalty corners in overtime.
In the ninth minute of overtime St. Joseph’s Kayla Nowell scooped up a rebound and found the back of the cage to propel the Monks to a 2-1 victory.
St. Joseph advanced to the championship game on Saturday Nov. 6 but fell to Husson University 2-1.
Head Coach Tammy Landon was very pleased with her teams efforts and has no regrets despite the upsetting outcome.
“We had our chances to win and we also prevented their chances throughout a hard fought game,” said Landon. “The game really could have gone our way and we are disappointed it didn’t, but we played hard throughout and just came up short.”
After the game Landon told her team not to hang their heads and brought to light the positives the season possessed.
“We played hard and battled with another strong team and that is what competition is all about,” Landon said.
With a very large recruiting class of 13 freshmen Landon is very optimistic about the future success of the program.
“Losing our 4 seniors will be hard for sure but we are returning a very solid crew next year and will continue to gain new faces that will keep our program strong,” Landon said.