Women’s season haults at semifinal

The Castleton women’s ice hockey team had quite an impressive season this year, even though it ended on a sour note. After falling to University of Massachuessettes-Boston in the New England Hockey Conference semifinals, they finished the season 17-8-2 and 11-5-1 in conference play. The Spartans recorded a program record 17 wins after passing the 16-win season in 2013-14.

 “None of us will forget what we accomplished and the records we broke. It didn’t end how we wanted it to, but we can still appreciate what we did and be proud of that,” said senior goaltender Jess Cameron.

With a small roster of only 21 players, the Spartans came together as a team to win some crucial games throughout the season. The small roster provided strong connections and  chemistry amongst the team.

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Forward, Taylor Steadman looks to shoot in a game against Norwich earlier this season.

“When you get to play with your best friends everyday, it’s a lot more fun playing for each other,” added Cameron.

That chemistry lead to the program hosting its fourth consecutive NEHC quarterfinal game against Plymouth State, winning 3-0.

Senior forward, Taylor Steadman, led the Spartans with 21 points on the season notching 15 goals and six assists. Freshman Aimee Briand finished second on the team in points with 19, scoring six goals and dishing out 13 assists.

Castleton women’s hockey alumna, Emily Raber, was extremely proud of the team that she continues to support.

“Each girl contributed different skills and assets to the team that brought success, and I’m excited to see the program continue to grow,” Raber said.

The Spartans endured six overtime games during the season, with a record of 3-1-2. Their only overtime defeat was to UMass.-Boston, and ultimately their last game of the season.

“Was it really six? That’s awesome,” said Cameron in shock.

The Spartans graduate six very important seniors this year. Jess Cameron, Rachel Elliott, Rachel Bombardier, Anna Daniels and Steadman departing will make it tough for Coach Steph Moberg, who is entering her third season as head coach, to fill.

Moberg was not available for a comment on the season.

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