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Spartans Topple Norwich 15-3

Spartans Topple Norwich 15-3

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Castleton's women's lacrosse team jumped out to an 8-1 lead before scoring seven times in the second frame en route to a 15-3 victory over the Norwich Cadets on Friday afternoon at Sabine Field.

The Spartans outshot the opposition 28-12 while holding the advantage in draw controls and groundballs. The squad also completed 12-of-16 clearance attempts and 2-of-4 free position shots. With the win, Castleton extends their winning streak to six and improves to 7-2 on the season, while the Cadets fall to 2-4 in the losing effort.

Brianna MacKay and Kate Auer paced the Spartan attack with three goals apiece, while Grace Johnson added two of her own to go along with three groundballs. Mariah Lesure was just as impressive, as she totaled two goals and four assists in the win.

Gina Convoy, meanwhile, accounted for all three of Norwich's goals as well as recording two groundballs, two caused turnovers and one draw control.

Lesure opened the scoring less than a minute into the initial frame to give the away side an early 1-0 lead. However, it took the Cadets less than four minutes to equalize, as Conroy scored her first goal of the day to bring the game back to level terms.

At the 24:43 mark in the frame, the Spartans reclaimed the lead when Auer found the back of the cage, and over the next 12:02 of play, Castleton's offense came alive, scoring seven straight goals, including one goal and three assists from Lesure, to take an 8-1 lead.

Norwich got one back with 3:38 left in the first when Conroy scored, cutting the hosts' deficit back to six heading into the break.

After halftime, the Spartans continued to pressure the Cadets' defense, and in the first 14:46 of the second half, the squad compiled six straight goals to extend their lead to 14-2. MacKay scored twice and added an assist in that span, while Nadine Downing netted her first career goal.

With 12:57 remaining in regulation, Convoy was at it again, as she completed the hat trick with her ninth goal of the year make it 14-3 in favor of the away side. However, Johnson scored her second of the day with less than two minutes remaining to secure a 15-3 victory for Castleton.

In her second start of the season, Rachel Bombardier turned in a fantastic performance with six saves and a 66.7 save percentage to improve to 2-0 on the year. Courtney Hudson, meanwhile, dropped to 1-2 on the season after producing four saves.

The Spartans are back in action tomorrow at noon when they host the Husson Eagles at Spartan Stadium on Senior Day.