The Castleton State College field hockey team traveled to Biddeford, Maine on Saturday to face University of New England and came away with a 5-4 win. It was their second away game of the week as well as their second win.
“Wednesday was a big win at Plymouth for us, playing there on a grass field on such a hot, humid day,” said head coach Tammy Landon. “Neither team wanted to play overtime, but we battled back and forth scoring, so the win on a final corner was really exciting.”
Coming off that thriller, the Spartans were ready to repeat, but going into half time, they trailed UNE 3-1.
“We changed our formation at halftime and really improved our attack,” Landon said. “Many players had really strong games for us.”
She went on to praise senior forwards Blake Wardwell and Shawna Pinsonault along with Preusser.
Preusser and Madyson Martin led the team in scoring Saturday with two goals each.
After three consecutive Spartan goals from Pruesser and Pinsonault, they took the lead. UNE answered, though, when Hannah Tavella tied the score at 4-4. Shortly after, Martin scored the game winner and the Spartans held the lead for good.
“I thought we played really well together in the second half,” Wardwell said. “Our passing was very crisp and we pulled it together because we knew we had to.”
Junior goalkeeper, Jess Galatioto, ended the day with 12 saves while UNE’s Molly Linscott blocked seven Spartan shots.
The Spartans came into the match with a 2-2 record and are now 3-2 heading into their match on Saturday at Lasell College.
“We’ll open the NAC, which is always exciting,” Wardwell said about looking forward to next Saturday. “It’s a big game for us because we don’t want to settle or plateau; we want to keep building.”