Junior JenniLee Mark netted a hat trick in the first half to help the Spartans as they came back from a four-goal hole, but the team couldn’t score in the final 12 minutes as they fell 12-10 to Southern Maine in Gorham on Saturday.
“They were able to win the draws and had control of the ball at the end of the game,” Head Coach Mary Kate Scardillo said. “The draw is crucial and we were not able to win as many as them toward the end of the game.”
Southern Maine got started 1:50 into the game on a goal by Jacki Kelly. Castleton was able to respond with three unanswered goals by Mark, Sarah Clark, and Mariah Lesure.
The Huskies responded with four, two of which were scored by Kelly. leaving the he score at 5-3 with 12:35 left. Mark was able to come through as she scored on a free position shot with 9:48
left to bring the Spartans within one. Kelly scored 41 seconds later, but Mark struck again with to bring the score to 6-5 in favor of Southern Maine.
The Huskies came out strong in the second half with three goals in a two minute period to take a commanding 9-5 lead.
The Spartans refused to just peel over. After nine minutes into the second half, Kate Auer was able to score on a free position shot. Just over a minute later, Amanda Flodstrom found the net for the Spartans. A minute later, Sam Bonasera and Jessica
Taplin also joined the goal scoring party.
The Huskies had an answer as Sarah Pelligrinelli was able get one past Spartan goalkeeper Meghan Els. Less than a minute later, Clark came through to tie it up at ten.
Southern Maine scored two more as Kelly got her fifth of the game and closed out the scoring as the Spartans fall 12-10 to the Huskies.
The Spartans fall to 0-4, and will host Rensselaer at home on Thursday, March 21.
“There is always room for improvement,”Scardillo said. “We just need to play more consistent and finish harder and finish better.”