WATERVILLE, Maine – Castleton's women's lacrosse team delivered a dominating performance this afternoon, as the squad extended its winning streak to three with a 16-6 victory over the Thomas Terriers at Smith Field.
The Spartans outshot the opposition 36-17 while also holding the edge in draw controls 18-6. With the win, Castleton improves to 4-2 on the season and remains perfect in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play at 2-0, while the Terriers suffer their first loss of the year to fall to 3-1 overall (2-1 NAC).
Brandi Whittemore turned in an outstanding display with a team-leading eight points (4g, 4a) to go along with four groundballs and one caused turnover. Maddy DaCosta was just as impressive with a team-leading five goals; while Kate Auer contributed three goals, three assists and a season-high 17 draw controls. Jennifer Day, meanwhile, paced the Thomas attack with three goals and three assists.
The Spartans got off to a quick start in the contest, as Auer scored a pair of goals and assisted on another to hand the squad an early 3-0 lead.
After Joanna Murch scored to put the Terriers on the board, Castleton responded with goals from DaCosta and Whittemore to extend their advantage to six with just over ten minutes remaining in the frame.
However, Thomas continued to fight, and in the final 8:52 of the first, Erin Nelligan and Day each found the back of the cage to cut the hosts' deficit to four at 7-3 heading into the break.
The Terriers continued to rally early in the second half, as Day scored less than three minutes into the frame to bring the squad back within three at 7-4 before the two squads traded goals.
With an 8-5 lead, Castleton went on a run with six straight goals in a span of 9:42 to take control of the contest with at 14-5. Whittemore and DaCosta added a pair of goals late in the game to secure a 16-6 Spartan victory.
Meghan Els was, once again, outstanding in the cage, as the junior improved to 4-2 on the year after recording seven saves with a 53.8 save percentage. Allie McCarthy, meanwhile, stopped 14 of the 30 shots that she faced in the losing effort.
Castleton finishes its weekend roadtrip tomorrow afternoon when it squares off with the Southern Maine Huskies in non-conference action at noon on Hannaford Field.