The Castleton Spartans field hockey team was devastated by Husson University Saturday, losing 10-1 in the North Atlantic Conference semi-final game.
Husson’s experience and home field advantage contributed to the blowout.
“They are a more experienced team, so I don’t think we came out flat. They had the home field advantage where they’re comfortable to come out strong,” said Castleton’s Ariel Mroz-brewer.
The Eagles came out flying from the opening whistle, tallying six of their 10 goals in the first half.
Husson’s Taylor Shaw started the onslaught 6:29 into the game with an unassisted goal.
The rest was history as the Eagles went on a scoring surge. of 10 straight goals before the Spartans responded.
Senior Kristy Pinkham scored Castleton’s lone goal with an assist from Haley Spittle with just 1:30 left in the game.
Husson finished with 36 shots, while Castleton managed only four.
Spartan, Jess Galatioto finished with 14 saves.
Despite the blowout, Mroz-Brewer said there are some positives too.
“One thing we can all take away is probably no matter what the score is, we still have to play our game and play together,” Mroz-Brewer said.
The Spartans end their season 2-15 overall and 2-3 in NAC play.
Mroz-Brewer talked about some points of emphasis to get the program back to the high level it has been in recent years.
“We just [need] to compete and the whole team needs to come out and play competitively, but most importantly play together as a team. More experience for the underclassmen on the field will be a big help as well so we can build more trust and team chemistry on a off the field,” Mroz-Brewer said.