The recent spate of rain caused major problems for Castleton State College sports teams and their respective playoff runs.Although the women’s soccer team was able to get in its quarterfinal playoff game on Sunday, playoff match-ups for the field hockey and men’s soccer teams scheduled for Saturday were both postponed.
And when play was able to resume on Monday, both teams were forced to travel because of poor field conditions. The fourth seeded field hockey team went to fifth-seeded Lasell College and the fourth seeded men’s soccer team traveled to fifth seeded Mount Ida College.
“I don’t recall them ever being this bad. The field hockey field is just under water,” said Jeff Weld, Castleton’s communications and sports coordinator.
As of The Spartan’s deadline, the field hockey team was leading 1-0.
The women’s soccer team lost a 2-1 heartbreaker to Mt. Ida College on Sunday, putting an end to their season with a final overall record of 9-9-2, but with an even more impressive 7-4-1 NAC regular season record.
Head coach Chris Chapdelaine had nothing but praise for his team on Monday, saying his young team fought hard in every game “which is all a coach can ask.”
“It was a tough game, back and forth. We went down late in second half by a goal, but the girls fought back and scored two minutes later. They fought there hearts out. Then Mt. Ida scored with about four minutes left,” he said. “Even then, they kept fighting.”
Chapdelaine said he’s looking forward to next season already, with nine returning starters. He said it was tough to try to repeat as champions this year, especially with 11 freshmen.
“But we lost a lot of one goal games,” he said. “You win those five and it’s pretty much the same team.”
If the men’s soccer team or field hockey team gets to the finals, they will be played on Saturday, Nov. 4, Weld said.