CASTLETON, Vt. – The Spartans captured their 11th straight victory this evening with a 19-4 decision over the New England College Pilgrims at Spartan Stadium in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action.
Castleton outshot the opposition 32-14 while also holding the edge in groundballs 28-18. With the win, the squad improves to 12-2 overall and remains perfect in the NAC at 7-0. New England College, meanwhile, falls to 3-11 (2-4) overall in the losing effort.
Kate Auer led the offense with four goals and four assists to go along with seven draw controls and three groundballs. Grace Johnson added six points (3g, 3a) and two groundballs, whereas Maddy DaCosta finished with four goals and one assist.
Gabriella Bigos was the top Pilgrim performer with one goal, four groundballs and six draw controls. Elizabeth Bois, meanwhile, provided one score with two groundballs.
The Spartans got off to a quick start in the contest, as Brianna MacKay and DaCosta gave the hosts an early two-goal lead with back-to-back scores. The two squads proceeded to trade goals until Auer and Johnson notched four goals in a span of 3:42 to push the hosts' lead to six.
Just over a minute later, DaCosta added her second score of the game, and Mariah Lesure followed with one of her own to make it 10-2.
At the 8:48 mark in the frame, Auer scored for the third time in the contest before the Spartans closed out the first half with three goals in the final 3:10 of play to head into the half with a 14-2 lead.
Castleton picked up right where it left off after the break, as the squad found the back of the cage three times in the first 5:40 of the second period. Whittemore opened the scoring with a pair of goals, and DaCosta followed with her 39th of the season to push the hosts' lead to 15.
At the 22:50 mark in the frame, Auer scored off a feed from Maria Ploof to record her 44th goal of the year. Just over a minute later, the Pilgrims got on the scoreboard for the first time in the second half, as Bigos netted her 30th goal of the season.
Ploof grabbed her first career goal with just over 13 minutes left in the game before the Pilgrims responded with one of their own, but the Spartans were able to hold the opposition scoreless in the final 7:10 of play to secure a 19-4 victory.
Rachel Bombardier improved to 5-0 on the season after producing seven saves with a 63.6 save percentage. Mackenzie Meegan, meanwhile, recorded nine saves in the losing effort.
Castleton is back in action this Saturday at 1 pm, as it travels to Johnson St. for the final conference game of the season.