Eagles Close out Conference Schedule with Loss to Spartans

Keeley Titus sprints upfield past a defender.
Keeley Titus sprints upfield past a defender.

CASTLETON, Vt. – Six different Castleton University players scored more than one goal as the Spartans earned a 21-3 victory over Green Mountain College Monday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women's lacrosse game at Spartan Stadium. 

Ashley Pelkey scored four goals and added two assists for six points, while Nadine Downing also scored four goals. Tiffany Danyow earned two goals and four assists, Grace Johnson and Emily Cross finished with two goals and two assists apiece, and Megan Wood scored twice to go along with three groundballs and six draw controls. 

Green Mountain (1-11, 1-8 NAC) held the Spartan offense at bay for a while before Johnson found Downing for the first goal of the game 5:23 into the contest. After Cross scored two minutes later, it took another five minutes for Castleton to once again find the back of the net. Midway through the first half, Johnson assisted on a goal by Danyow before scoring an unassisted goal of her own, and then Downing earned her second goal of the match to give the Spartans a 5-0 lead. 

The Eagles broke through on a free position shot by Sophya Fuccione, but Wood answered just 1:11 later. Pelkey scored consecutive goals, and then Danyow found Cross for her second goal of the game just 10 seconds after Pelkey's second goal. Only 18 seconds later, Fuccione converted on her second free position goal of the game to bring the score to 9-2. 

The Spartans would break away in the final minute of the first half on goals by Erin Shuttle, Downing, and Pelkey. In the second half, Hannah Braman earned her 14th goal of the season, Bre Babiarz was successful on a free position shot, and Pelkey assisted on back-to-back goals by Nicolle Trivino and Sabrina Hosner. 

Castleton (9-6, 9-0 NAC) held a 55-6 shot advantage and would have scored more goals if not for the exploits of Green Mountain goalie Chelsea Wimble, who finished with a career-high 21 saves. Samantha Hebb was not credited with a save despite playing 48:30 of the match and Bria Willis collected just one save in 11:30 of action for the Spartans. 

Green Mountain wraps up the regular season with a non-conference game against Bay Path on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Eagles Game Field. The game was originally scheduled to take place on March 23, but was postponed due to snow.