CASTLETON, Vt. – The Spartans trailed by just a single goal with five minutes left in the first half, but St. Lawrence countered with the next four goals to secure a 10-6 victory on Sunday afternoon at Virtue Field on the campus of the UVM.
Castleton was outshot 25-13 in the contest and but won nine of 17 draw controls and recorded 19 caused turnovers in dropping its season-opener. The Saints picked up 27 ground balls and went 13-for-18 on clears to open the season with a win.
Senior Kate Auer led the offense with three goals and one assist while Brianna McKay added two goals. Brandi Whittemore impressed with two assists, three caused turnovers, three draw controls and five ground balls while Emliee Maher recorded seven caused turnovers and five ground balls.
For St. Lawrence, four different players scored, led by Kiera Taussig and Kayla Schmalz with three goals apiece. Taussig added four caused turnovers while Schmalz picked up six ground balls and caused three turnovers. Emma Garfield chipped in with five ground balls and three caused turnovers.
The Saints scored twice before the Spartans got on the board on a goal by Auer at 17:21. MacKay scored between a pair of Ashley Norris goals and then Auer made it just 4-3 with 5:06 left in the half. However, two St. Lawrence goals in the final four minutes pushed it to 6-3 at the break.
In the first ten minutes of the second the Saint extended their lead to 8-3. Maddy DaCosta ended the run with a goal at 15:18 and MacKay scored two minutes later off a feed from DaCosta to cut the deficit to 8-5. St. Lawrence made it a five-goal game in the final three minutes but Auer scored with one second left to provide the four-goal final margin.
Castleton junior Meghan Els took the loss in net as she allowed ten goals but made ten saves. Adden Cunningham earned the win while making one stop between the pipes.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday when they face Western Connecticut St. at 2 pm.