GORHAM, Maine – Castleton's women's lacrosse team held off a late surge from the Southern Maine Huskies to extend its winning streak to four on the season with a 22-15 victory in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The Spartans delivered a solid display, as they outshot the opposition 49-27 while also holding the edge in draw controls 23-16. With the win, Castleton now stands at 5-2 on the season, whereas the Huskies fall to 1-7 overall in the losing effort.
Kate Auer paced the Spartan attack with a season-high seven goals to go along with 13 draw controls, two groundballs and one assist. Maddy DaCosta added five goals of her own with three groundballs, while Mariah Lesure finished with five points (3g, 2a), two groundballs and two draw controls. Anh Nguyen and Sam Campobasso, meanwhile, led the Huskies with four goals apiece.
After Nguyen opened the game's scoring just three minutes into the initial frame, the Spartans responded with five straight goals, including a pair from Lesure, to take a 5-1 lead.
The two squads proceeded to trade goals before the Huskies fought back with scores from Heather Everett, Sarah Pelligrinelli and Nguyen to bring the game back to level terms at six. The score didn't stay even for long, however, as Castleton's attack came alive with eight goals in the final 11:44 of play to secure a 14-6 lead heading into the half.
Southern Maine stayed resilient, and after swapping goals to start the second half, Campobasso scored three times and Shauna Robert added another in a span of 3:54 to cut the hosts deficit back to five. The Spartans held off the rally, however, as Auer scored three times in the final 16:26 of play en route to a 22-15 victory.
Rachel Bombardier notched her first win of the season in her first start in the cage. The junior goalie tallied 11 saves with a 42.3 save percentage in sixty minutes of action. Her counterpart, Caley Presby, moves to 1-7 on the season after producing 20 saves with a 47.6 save percentage.
The Spartans return to action this Wednesday at 4 pm when they travel to New London, N.H. to face the Colby-Sawyer Chargers in North Atlantic Conference play.