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Women’s lacrosse moving forward in conference play

The women’s lacrosse team has improved to 5-0 in the Northern Atlantic Conference by defeating New England College and Husson this past weekend.

On April 14 the Spartans faced off against NEC and defeated them by a score of 16-0. Kate Auger Scored for the Spartans three minutes into play, setting the pace for a seven-goal scoring streak. Following Auer’s goal was Cori Healy with one, Amanda Flodstrom with two, Angelica Mazzola with one, Mariah Lesure with one and Auer with an additional one.

New England College ended CSC’s scoring streak by scoring four goals in just five minutes. Scoring for NEC was Sarah Merrill with one, and Amanda Naimie with a hat trick.

Castleton rebuttled quickly, scoring four more in the last six minutes of the half. Flodstrom, Auer, and Healy all notched another goal, while Jessica Taplin got her first of the game.

In the second half of the game, Auer was quick to the goal again, scoring just two minutes into play. It wasn’t until ten minutes later when Meredith Merce got another point for NEC. Mazzola was quick to respond, scoring her second of the game, making the score 12-5 in Castleton’s favor.

NEC came back hard with four goals in 15 minutes by Amanda Naimie, Eleni Hatsis with two, and Meredith Merce.

With five minutes left to play, the score was 13-9, when Auer notched her fifth of the game, giving CSC the 14-9 lead. Hatsis tried to respond by scoring one more, however, in the final two minutes of the game, Flodstrom and Sarah Clark put the final two on the board for the Spartans, making the final score 16-10.

“We are staying focused one game at a time,” said Castleton’s coach Mary Kate Scardillo.

This game improved the team to a 6-5 record overall and 4-0 a record in the NAC.

The following day, the Spartans celebrated senior day by blowing out Husson by a score of 17-1. Mazzola, a senior, scored four goals in the game and contributed an assist.

Castleton was up 10-0 with just 17 minutes remaining in the first half. Jennilee Mark contributed two for Castleton while Mazzola added three. Auer and Mariah Lesure also scored two goals while Blake Wardwell, Flodstrom, Taryn Smith and Madison DaCosta each tallied one.

In the second half, the Spartans defense weakened temporarily, allowing Husson’s Kim Gambon to put her team on the board.

It took the Spartans about 15 minutes to score a comeback goal with an unassisted goal by Mazzola. With 4:45 remaining, Jessica Potash scored the final goal for the Spartans, finishing the game off at 17-1.

“It’s tough, because we play all of these teams out of conference that give us a really hard time,” said Mazzola. “Once we reach the NAC games, it’s a much different story.”

The Spartans improve to a 5-0 record in the NAC and 7-5 overall.

“With every game we are trying to improve as well as compete,” said Scardillo.

The Spartans will travel to Norwich on Thursday to play a non-conference game at 4 p.m. They have one more regular season NAC game on April 21 at Colby-Sawyer.