Women’s lax advances to semis

The Castleton State College women’s lacrosse team earned the third seed in the New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance’s postseason tournament. After having a successful 12-5 season, the road to the championship game will not be an easy one.The Spartans ended their regular season with a win over NEWLA foe Framingham State 20-8. In the game, Stephanie Pearce led all scorers with five goals, while nine other Spartans had scoring opportunities as well.

With the halftime score at 10-4 in favor of Castleton, Coach Tammy Landon went to her bench for help, and they proved to do just that. With the win, the Spartans finished their regular season with a 5-1 conference record, tying them with Westfield State. The Owl’s had a better complete record, giving them the upper hand in the playoffs.

Castleton then faced the Lancer’s of Worcester State on May 1 in NEWLA quarterfinal play at Spartan Stadium. Stephanie Paproski, Marie VanDerKar, and Angelica Mazzola all scored three goals to pace the Spartans. Pearce and Elizabeth Haggerty contributed two goals.

With an 8-4 advantage at halftime, Castleton struggled, allowing Worcester to go on a 4-0 run, making it 10-8, but that is as close as the Lancers would get. The Spartans then went on a 5-1 run, giving them the cushion they needed for the win.

Worcester State was led by Colleen Manning and Kim Vail who scored three apiece.

Freshman goalkeeper Lilly Derbyshire had nine saves while Haley Erickson had six for the Lancers.

The Spartans travel down to Westfield State on May 5 for the semifinal game of the NEWLA tournament. The last time Castleton met Westfield, they lost in a thrilling overtime game 18-17. Top seed in the conference is Bridgewater State, and they will host Fitchburg State for the other semifinal game.

If Castleton wins today, they will travel for the championship game on May 8.

Since this is the wrap up story, check the website for the results!

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