Spartans Open Season at 4-0 with Win over UNE

Spartans Open Season at 4-0 with Win over UNE

RUTLAND, Vt. – Castleton's women's hockey team picked up a 5-1 victory over the University of New England (UNE) in ECAC East action this afternoon, moving to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

The Spartans put on an impressive display, outshooting the opposition by 18 and killing off both of the team's penalties. Taylor Steadman led Castleton with two goals, while Lisa Kilroy, Anna Daniels and Tori Pizzuto added one goal apiece as the hosts notched their fourth straight victory. 

It took the Spartans less than a minute to grab the lead when Kilroy netted her second goal of the year. At the 0:59 marker, Daniels sent the puck across the front of the net, and Kilroy buried it home, making it 1-0 in favor of the hosts.

Castleton continued to control the puck and pressured the opposition, and at the 16:26 mark in the first period, Steadman gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead. Lisa Buratynski fired a shot from the left point that deflected off of Steadman and flew into the back of the net to double the hosts advantage.

The Nor'easters cut the deficit back to one just under a minute later after Mary Wirth finished a rebound in traffic to make it 2-1 at the 17:31 mark. 

In the second period, the Spartans tacked on three goals to grab a 5-1 advantage. Steadman recorded her second goal of the contest 3:59 into the period. The junior forward had a breakaway opportunity and finished her shot into the top shelf to extend the hosts lead to two. 

Less than ten minutes later, Daniels knocked in a fourth Castleton goal. Molly Howard's slapshot from the point was saved by the Nor'easters netminder, but Daniels was able to tap in the rebound to make it 4-1.

At the 17:31 into the second, the Spartans added another point to their lead after Pizzuto grabbed her first goal of the season. Hannah Rose's attempt on net was blocked, and Pizzuto gathered the puck, finishing it past UNE's goalie Sydney Helmbrecht to make it 5-1.

Jess Cameron picked up her second win of the season between the pipes for Castleton by stopping 17 of the 18 shots she faced. Helmbrecht received the loss after making 31 saves in 60 minutes of action.

The Spartans return to the ice on Nov. 14 when they travel to Franklin Pierce for a conference contest beginning at 7:30 pm.