The Castleton field hockey team traveled to Maine this past weekend to face North Atlantic Conference rivals Thomas and Maine Farmington. On Saturday, they shut out Thomas 4-0 and they earned their third consecutive shutout on Sunday against the University of Maine at Farmington.
“CSC field hockey played two really strong games in Maine,” said head coach Tammy Landon. “Six different players contributed goals and our defense was strong, not allowing any.”
In the Thomas game, four Spartans notched a goal, including senior Rachel Preusser. With this goal, Preusser broke the Castleton field hockey scoring record. She surpassed 2013 graduate Kealy Chipman’s record and now is the all-time leading goal scorer with a total of 71 goals. Preusser also hold the record for assists with 29 and points with 171.
“We’re all really happy for Rachel,” said sophomore Brandi Whittemore. “She’s worked really hard to get to this point.”
In Sunday’s game, Maine Farmington looked like they could score early on when they had six penalty corner chances, however, the Castleton defense was a brick wall. It didn’t allow any goals through and stayed strong.
“We came out really strong this weekend,” said senior forward Blake Wardwell. “We were really focused on connecting as a team and outplaying both teams.”
With 6:22 remaining in the first half, Castleton had its own chance to score on a penalty corner. Rachel Preusser gave a pass to junior midfielder Kristy Pinkham, who launched a shot to put Castleton up 1-0.
In the second half, yet another penalty corner was given and this time, Wardwell scored. Both Pinkham and Preusser assisted.
Castleton goalie Jessica Galatioto recorded five saves against Farmington and six in the previous game at Thomas.
The Spartans remain undefeated in the conference and now have a 5-4 record. They are back in action this Saturday, Oct. 5 when they host Saint Joseph’s of Maine.