The Spartans field hockey team has been scorching hot as of late, winning three consecutive games at Dave Wolk Stadium against Westfield State University, Salem State University and Keuka College.
Offensively, Castleton is generating scoring opportunities consistently, scoring 17 goals in three games. Junior midfielder Gabriella Hunt leads the Spartans in scoring with 16 goals, followed by freshman forward Kaitlin Bardellini with 12.
On the defensive side, senior goalie Tashia Pashby-Rockwood has been dominant at the net, saving six goals and only allowing two in the last three games. Pashby-Rockwood boosted her save total to 57 on the season and said her team is her source of energy going into the playoffs.
“My motivation is my girls and working together as a team,” she said. “I do my job so they can do theirs and vice versa. We support one another and show up every game to do what we need to do.”
Goals from Raven Payne in the first quarter and Hunt in the third quarter gave Castleton the advantage in a 2-1 Little East Conference contest against the Owls of Westfield State on Oct. 19.
Wednesday, Oct. 23, the Spartans shutout the Vikings of Salem State University 8-0. Hunt’s four goals and one assist blazed the path for Castleton’s victory, accompanied by goals from Payne, Allison Lowell and Megan Ryan.
Saturday Oct. 26 celebrated the accomplishments and contributions of the senior class of field hockey players at Dave Wolk Stadium. Seniors Olivia Trevisani, Cydney Jeffrey, Madison Langey, Kate West, Ryan and Pashby-Rockwood capped off their special day by defeating Keuka College 7-1.
Hunt scored once in the outing and was complemented by two goals each from seniors Trevisani, Jeffrey and Lowell.
Trevisani was emotional and proud of her showing in one of her final games in front of the Spartan faithful.
“I knew that going into the game that I needed to work hard for my team and for everyone that was watching me on in the stands,” Trevisani said. “I wanted to prove to everyone that I do play a major role on this team, and I’m glad that I was able to prove that to my coaches and teammates.”
Before the LEC tournament begins, the Spartans have two more conference games. The first is at home on Oct. 29 against the Falcons of Fitchburg State University at 7 p.m. and the second is on the road at the University of Southern Maine on Saturday Nov. 2 at 3 p.m.