CANTON, N.Y. – After taking the early lead, Castleton University saw SUNY Canton grab the momentum and never relinquish it, as the Kangaroos defeated the Spartans, 17-6, Saturday afternoon in a non-conference women's collegiate lacrosse match.
Castleton jumped on the board early, as Emily Cross scored just 20 seconds into the game, and then she assisted on a goal by Katie Feeney to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead less than six minutes into the contest. After a timeout, SUNY Canton took control, as MaryClare Bowes and Molly Denny scored two goals apiece to give the Kangaroos a 4-2 lead.
SUNY Canton (1-0) won another draw control, and Allison Auger quickly converted to extend the Kangaroo lead to 5-2. Castleton finally regained possession, taking advantage of a man-up situation as Erin Shuttle scored her first goal of the season to bring the Spartans within two at 5-3.
The Kangaroos would regain control of the contest and score the next four goals, including the third goal of the day for both Bowes and Denny, to pull ahead, 9-3, with 8:09 left in the first half. Cross would pick up her second goal of the game off an assist by Shuttle to cut the Spartan deficit to 9-4 at halftime.
SUNY Canton continued to apply the offensive pressure in the second half, outscoring Castleton 8-2 after halftime. Bowes led the Kangaroos with six goals, while Denny finished with four goals and Auger contributed two goals and three assists.
Cross led Castleton with three goals and one assist, and Shuttle finished with two goals and one assist. Samantha Hebb made 13 saves in net for the Spartans.
As a team, the Kangaroos outshot the Spartans 43-15, collected more ground balls, 27-17, and caused 18 of Castleton's 32 turnovers. Kangaroo goalie Nicole Piskorowski was credited with five saves during the match.
Castleton (0-1) opens a three-match homestand Tuesday, March 6, against Western New England starting at 4 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.