Spartans crush Rivier

The Spartan field hockey team started homecoming weekend with a win. They took it to Rivier College, scoring 11 goals on Friday night.
“Everyone is contributing for us,” said head coach Tammy Landon. “It’s a lot of fun when we can cycle in all our players and have them all contribute.”
Blake Wardwell and Shawna Pinsonault both had hat tricks, while Rachel Preusser contributed with four assists. Nine different Spartans recorded a point on the night.
Wardwell started the scoring a minute into the game on a cross from Pinsonault. Pinsonault then took it into her own hands and scored two goals in four minutes to put them up 3-0.
Emily Hudson, Annie Towslee and Wardwell each scored a goal before halftime to put the Spartans up 6-0.
“Our goal is to not give up any goals,” Landon said. “We did a great job of stopping them today; our defense played great.”
In the second half, the Spartans continued their dominant play. Towslee, Preusser and Sarah Heffernan each netted one goal in the half, while Wardwell and Pinsonault  completed their hat tricks to win 11-0.
Jess Galatioto played stellar in net making five saves on the night. Meeghan Doris came in with 15 minutes to go and made two saves.
The shutout was the Spartans sixth on the season improving to 9-5 overall and 7-0 in the conference.
They face conference opponent, New England College tonight.
“We have a couple important games coming up,” Landon said. “We are playing Husson soon to determine the one seed in the playoffs, so we are really preparing hard for that game.”

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