Castleton, Vt. – The Spartans finish their regular season at home, hosting Rensselaer on Tuesday evening at 7 pm in a non-conference matchup.
Castleton is 11-5 and is riding a season-high five-game win streak. Over that span the Spartans have scored at least five goals in each contest. In fact over their last nine games, the Spartans have only scored less than three goals on two occasions. Their 4.4 goals per game are the ninth highest average in the nation.
Leading the scoring charge for Castleton is senior Rachel Preusser. The forward is the only player in the all of Division III with at least 20 goals and 20 assists, totaling 66 points on 22 goals and 22 assists. Blake Wardwell has tallied hat tricks in three of the last four games and currently has 13 goals and 8 assists for 34 points. Kristy Pinkham is third on the team with 29 points on 11 goals and seven assists, while Shawna Pinsonault has seven goals and four assists. In net, Jessica Galatioto owns an 11-5 record and has been a part of seven shutouts. She has a 2.64 GAA and a .766 GAA.
RPI enters today's contest with a 6-9 record this year and has won three of their past four games. The Engineers and Spartans have three common opponents this year, with RPI losing 3-2 to Mount Holyoke, 8-0 to Skidmore and beating Keene St. 3-0. Castleton, meanwhile, lost to all three teams, 4-1, 5-2 and 3-1.
The Engineers are averaging 1.6 goals per game this year while giving up 2.3 goals per contest. Kelsey Porter leads the team with 11 points on four goals and three assists, while Angela Cascio is second on the team with nine points, scoring four times and dishing off an assist. Molly Zuk leads the team with four assists. In net Hannah Clough has started 15 games in net and owns a .807 save percentage with a 2.25 GAA and three shutouts.
Last year the Spartans fell to RPI 2-1 on the road. In that game the Engineers scored twice in the first half before Preusser scored Castleton's lone goal. RPI outshot the Spartans 15-6, though both teams had six penalty corners.