The Spartans women’s lacrosse team was able to put 20 points on the board for the second time this season as they beat Colby-Sawyer 20-10 in North Atlantic Conference play on Saturday.
With the win the Spartans have now gone two years without losing a conference game. Also it was the girls Orange and Purple game to show support for teammate Lexi Cross and for anyone diagnosed with PCD, a rare Lung disease Cross was diagnosed with six years ago.
“We’ve been playing a lot better lately,” Junior Jennilee Mark said. “We had a rough start, but we have been playing great against our conference.”
Amanda Flodstrom led the Spartans with six goals and three assists, while Jessica Taplin also had a good game scoring four goals with one assist. Mariah Lesure and Kate Auer each also had three each for Castleton.
The Spartans did a good job distributing the ball early with three separate Spartans scoring to take a 3-1 lead. The Chargers came back with four straight goals to take the lead. Castleton answered quickly though, netting two goals in two minutes to bring the score to an even 5-5 with 14:42 left in the half.
After eight minutes without a goal, Mark was able to score a goal to give Castleton the lead but it was short lived as Colby-Sawyer scored two quick to take the lead away. The Spartans were resilient and scored another two before the half to take and 8-7 lead.
“At half we really came together,” Mark said. “We realized what we were playing for and what it means to us to win for Lexi.”
Castleton came out of the half strong scoring the first five goals of the half in 10 minutes including two from Flodstrom. The Chargers answered with two of their own, but the Spartans were too strong scoring seven out of the next eight goals to close the game including three goals from 10:47 to 10:02 to win 20-10.
Cori Healy was able to scoop up seven ground balls and cause four turnovers for the Spartans. While goalie Kelsey McDonald made six saves, earning her second win on the season.
Ashley Reis scored three goals for Colby- Sawyer. With the win the Spartans improve to 7-7 and 6-0 in conference. Castleton plays next on Thursday, May 2 at home against Norwich.
“It feels good to be the top seed in the tournament,” Mark said. “It feels good to win and see all your hard work pay off.”