Spartans Stumble Against St. Anselm

Spartans Stumble Against St. Anselm

RUTLAND, Vt. – Castleton gave up four goals in the opening period and were never able to recover, as the St. Anselm Hawks defeated the Spartans 6-1 at Spartan Arena on Friday afternoon.

The Hawks controlled the tempo from the beginning of the game, outshooting the opposition by 18 and capitalizing on two of their three power play opportunities. This marks the third consecutive loss for Castleton, who now sit at 8-8-1 (3-5-1 ECAC East) on the season. St. Anselm, meanwhile, improves to 10-4-2 (6-1-2 ECAC East) overall and now have lost just once in their last six outings.  

The opening goal of the game came just 4:48 into the initial frame when Ashley Moran netted her first career goal. After Castleton's Jess Cameron knocked aside St Anselm's initial effort, the freshman forward was there to tap home the rebound and give the away side an early one-goal advantage.

Less than three minutes later, the Hawks doubled their lead when Alison Quinn scored her first of two goals of the game on a five-on-three advantage. Following a faceoff, the puck was loose near Castleton's net, and the sophomore gathered it and finished it into the top shelf, making it 2-0 at the 7:28 mark in the first.

The visiting side added a third goal on a power play opportunity just over a minute later. At the 8:29 mark, Alex Kazmer and Tiffany Herron were credited with assists, as Alexandra Starzyk's wrister deflected off the post and past Cameron to hand the visitors a three-goal lead.  

With just 2:08 remaining in the first, the Hawks made it 4-0 after Quinn deflected Franny Nicholson's shot into the back of the net to record her second goal of the contest and tenth goal of the year.

At the 4:35 mark in the second stanza, Castleton had its first real scoring chance of the game. On a two-on-one opportunity, Taylor Steadman delivered a pass across the face of the net to Anna Daniels, who put a shot on net, but St. Anselm's Lindsey Brown made a fantastic butterfly save to deny the effort and keep the shutout intact.

However, the Hawks continued to pressure the Spartan defense, and just over five minutes into the second, the visitors increased their lead to five when Alex Kazmer, who finished the contest with one goal and two assists, scored her second goal of the year. 

Castleton got its first goal of the game at the 14:41 mark in the second when Lisa Kilroy scored her sixth goal of the year and second in as many games. Tori Pizzuto rifled a shot from the top of the point that Brown saved, but Kilroy was able to tap in the rebound and cut the hosts deficit to four.

St. Anselm's responded with less than thirty seconds remaining in the period. Victoria Shea delivered a pass to Alison Butler at the far post, and the sophomore forward knocked the puck home to tally her sixth goal of the year.

Both teams were held scoreless in the final frame, as the Hawks claimed the season sweep over Castleton with a 6-1 victory at Spartan Arena.

In net, Cameron suffered her fifth loss of the season after allowing five goals with 34 saves, while Brown stopped 21 of the 22 shots that she faced to remain unbeaten at 7-0-1. 

The Spartans are back in action on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Arena when they host the UMass Boston Beacons at 3 pm for its annual Pink the Rink event.