Keene, N.H. - After a snow-ridden preseason, the Spartans finally got their season started, but not in the way that they had hoped. Castleton suffered a 13-4 defeat again Keene St. on Thursday afternoon in New Hampshire.
Amanda Flodstrom notched a pair of goals for the Spartans, while freshman Tiffany Danyow led the Castleton defense with three ground balls. Grace Johnson scooped two ground balls, earned a draw control, and caused a turnover, while Mariah Lesure won a team-high two draw controls.
Eliza Witherbee opened the game with a pair of goals for the Owls. The senior scored 2:17 into the contest, and then added another tally 2:38 later to put the home team ahead 2-0 in the early going. Kaitlin Nolan tacked on a goal for the Owls to give them a 3-0 advantage 24:10 mark.
Castleton got on the board with a goal from last season's top scorer Amanda Flodstrom. The senior beat a Keene St. defender and put the ball past goaltender Erin Taylor, giving the Spartans their girst score of the season. The Owls finished the half on a 6-0 run though, ending the first half with a 9-1 lead.
In the second half, Witherbee began another 3-0 run for the Owls, who jumped out to a 12-1 lead with 15:43 to go in the game. Brianna MacKay and Amanda Flodstrom converted back-to-back free position shots for goals to cut the lead to 12-3, and then Taryn Smith added the Spartans' fourth goal of the day with 8:33 left. Witherbee added her fifth goal of the game with 4:42 left to make it 13-4.
Meghan Els finished with 12 saves for the Spartans, but suffered the loss in net. Erin Taylor made seven saves in 46 minutes, allowing just one goal to earn the win in net for the Owls. Libby Curran allowed three goals after relieving Taylor for the final 14 minutes of play.
The Spartans fall to 0-1 on the season and face Western Connecticut State on Saturday, March 8.