PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – Castleton stormed back from a five-goal deficit in the second half to force overtime but couldn't find the net in the extra six minutes as the team fell to St. Joseph's (LI) 11-10 on Sunday afternoon.
The Spartans trailed 10-5 with 16 minutes left in regulation but made a run to tie it while their defense held strong. Chief among those on defense was goalie and Long Island native Meghan Els. The sophomore finished with 15 saves while allowing 11 goals in 66 minutes of action.
Offensively, three players recorded at least three points, led by Amanda Flodstrom with three goals and one assist. Kate Auer added two goals, one assist and three draw controls while Mariah Lesure had 1 goal, two assists, two ground balls and two caused turnovers.
The Eagles were led by Tori Gregson offensively, as she finished with four goals and one assist on the afternoon. Jessica Cordano added two goals, one assist and two ground balls while Nicole Lyman impressed with four ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers.
Castleton fell behind early, giving up three goals in the opening nine minutes. Auer put the Spartans on the board at 20:25, but two more goals by the Eagles made it 5-1 midway through the half. Grace Johnson pulled Castleton back within three and Flodstrom then cut it to 5-3 with 2:40 left in the half. However, St. Joseph's netted one more goal before the half for the 6-3 advantage.
The Spartans scored twice in the first ten minutes of the second off goals by Auer and Flodstrom to pull within one, 6-5. The Eagles stormed back to score four times in a four-minute span and take a 10-5 lead with 16:20 left.
Brandi Whittemore ended the run two minutes later and Johnson made it 10-7 on a free position attempt with 9:37 remaining. Back-to-back goals by Lesure and Flodstrom in less than minute left Castleton trailing by just one at the four-minute mark.
Whittemore corralled the ensuing draw control and the Spartans went back on the offensive. They kept working it around until Flodstrom found Wardwell for the game-tying score with only 1:45 left. Neither team was able to get off another shot before overtime.
In the extra session Johnson won the opening draw control and Auer eventually got a shot on net that was saved. Sophomore Meghan Els also came up big, stopping a free position shot, however, Jessica Cordano managed to get one by Els with 3:51 left for the eventual game-winner.
Courtney Wickline earned the win in net for the Eagles by making ten saves as her team improved to 2-1 on the year.
Castleton dropped to 0-3 overall but did pick up more ground balls (29-22) and cause more turnovers (20-18) than St. Joseph's. Wardwell led the defense with five caused turnovers and picked up six ground balls while Emilee Maher had four caused turnovers and five ground balls.
The Spartans return to action on Thursday when they host Western New England at 4 pm.