Lady Spartans fall to Western New England

The Castleton women’s lacrosse team got off to a great start, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to Western
New England University 16-11 in Springfield on Saturday, March 30.

“We were bitter from our game against them last year,” Junior JenniLee Mark said. “We played against them well last year and lost in a close game we were looking for revenge.”

Amanda Flodstrom played well netting four goals and two draw controls for the Spartans. Mariah Lesure
and Sarah Clark each scored two goals and Cori Healy led the Spartans with five ground balls.

The Spartans started the game on a 5-1 run in the first 15 minutes with goals from five different players as
the offense seemed to be clicking. The Golden Bears countered with two goals of their own before Mark
scored again with 6:08 remaining in the half to put Castleton up 6-3. Western New England responded with three unanswered goals to end the half with the score tied 6-6.

Coming back from half, the Golden Bears continued their unanswered goal streak with three more before
Flodstrom was able to net the Spartans first goal of the half at 15:52. Lesure followed with a goal of her own only 20 seconds later to bring the Spartans within one at 9-8. Western New England began to pull away from the Spartans scoring three out of the next four goals in the game at 18:30 and 15:37. Flodstrom, who scored the lone Spartans goal over the three minute span, scored again with 13:03 remaining. The Golden Bears rattled off four straight goals though before Clark scored, but it was too little too late for the Spartans as they fell 16-11.

“They were able to control the draws and score at the end and we weren’t.” Mark said.

Kaitlynn Stevens scored four goals for the Golden Bears in their win.

With the loss the Spartans fall to 1-7 on the season, but look to improve as they enter league play on April 6 against Thomas College.

“We feel we can compete with any team in our conference,” Mark said. “Playing the tougher competition
in non-conference play is good we learned a lot about ourselves.”

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