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Struggles continue for field hockey

Kristy Pinkham prepares for a shot on the ball during a game earlier this season.
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The Spartans field hockey team dropped a tough game to the Thomas College Terriers in double overtime Saturday, 4-3.

     “It was a great overall team effort and we just came up short,” said senior Karissa McCoy.

     Castleton held Thomas to just one goal in the first half, but Thomas roared back and would overpower the Spartans’ defense in the second with two goals  that proved to be the difference.

     Kristy Pinkham led the Spartans offense scoring all three of the team’s goals and putting on her best offensive performance of the season.

     Thomas scored first at 12:36 into the game, but Castleton would then respond with two goals by Pinkham.

     Pinkham netted her first of three at 22:54 and followed it up with another five minutes later giving the Spartans a 2-1 lead going into the half.

     The Terriers got the scoring going first in the second half with two goals, roughly 10 minutes into play.

     Pinkham got her hat trick and evened things up 3-3, six minutes after Thomas’s third goal.

     The teams would stay tied heading into overtime, where both were unable to end it forcing a second overtime.

     The Terriers finally struck gold when Brittany Premo shook a couple Spartan defenders and put in the game winner.

     It’s been a difficult season for the Spartans. This loss was their third in a row and they notched one win back on Oct. 11 against New England College.

     McCoy said it was very back and forth game, but Thomas answered the bell when opportunity presented itself.

     The Spartans finished with 12 shots on goal, seven of which were fired by Pinkham. The Terriers finished with 28 shots on the day.

     Castleton drops to 1-12 overall and 1-3 in NAC play. They will travel to Middlebury Oct. 21 one of the three last games of the season, then finish the regular season at Coby-Sawyer and Renssaeler.