Spartans Season Falters Among Flurries

The ladies field hockey team saw their season come to an unfortunate end this week as they lost to Tufts last Wednesday. The weather played a huge factor in the outcome, and slowed down a very fast Spartan team. The snow fell early and often, and was clearly a force to be dealt with.

            Castleton fell behind early, with Kelsey Perkins and Emily Cannon each adding an unassisted goal just two minutes into the game, followed by Hannah Park twenty seconds later. Stephanie Wan and Emily Cannon added two more for the Jumbos scored three more times before half putting the score at 5-0.

            The second half started after the snow had been blown off the field. Castleton was able to mount a little offensive pressure, forcing 9 penalty corners in the second half, but they were unable to break through and score.

            The Jumbos picked up where they left off and added three times before the final horn, thanks to a pair of goals from Missy Karp and a goal from Chelsea Yogerst, to win the game with a decisive 8-0 victory.

            This game marks the second straight time this year that Castleton has been trounced by a non-conference opponent.

Blake Wardwell was surprised with the result saying “Talent wise, we were at the same level as Tufts, we just have to get the mentality that we can compete with the big schools.”

            The Spartans had a fantastic season with a program-record 17 wins, a NAC championship, and the first NCAA playoff berth since the 2008 season.

            The Spartans also had four players make the NAC All-Conference first team as well as NAC Player of the Year, Kealy Chipman

            The Spartans have many reasons to be optimistic next season, as they return a very strong class including All-Conference defender Shannon Burns, last years Player of the Year Rachel Preusser, and Jessica Galatioto, an impressive goalkeeper.    

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