CASTLETON, Vt. – The University of New England took control of Monday's non-conference women's collegiate lacrosse match in the first half and did not let it go until it established a significant lead, as the Nor'easters defeated the Castleton University Spartans, 16-7, at Spartan Stadium.
Erin Shuttle led Castleton with three goals and one assist, plus she caused four turnovers, while Emily Cross finished with one goal and two assists. Megan Krumm earned her first career goal, and Morgan Derosia picked up the first assist of her collegiate career.
UNE (2-1) scored less than three minutes into the match as Nichole Carvalho set up Jolena Lampron for her first goal of the season. Shuttle tied the game two-and-a-half minutes later with a goal off a pass from Derosia, but an unassisted goal by Mackenzie Collins with 17:21 remaining in the first half put the Nor'easters ahead for good.
The visitors would eventually score six unanswered goals, with Collins adding another tally and Keara Dwyer scoring twice during that stretch, to pull out to a 7-1 lead before Emma Best scored off an assist by Cross with 5:25 left in the first half. UNE scored two more times in the first half before Krumm's goal made the score 9-3 in UNE's favor at halftime.
Dwyer scored twice on free position chances within the first two minutes of the second half, starting a run of seven unanswered goals by the Nor'easters, capped by a goal from Natasha Nary halfway through the second half. Castleton cut into the final deficit with four straight goals down the stretch, featuring consecutive goals by Shuttle in the span of one-and-a-half minutes.
Dwyer led the Nor'easters with five goals and two assists, while Julia Benjamin joined Collins as the other multiple-goal scorers for UNE with two apiece. Maritza Nary started the match in net and made one save before being replaced at halftime by Taylor Hopkins, credited with four saves in the second half.
Samantha Hebb played the entire match in net for the Spartans and made 10 saves. Castleton struggled to establish its offense, committing numerous turnovers and converting only eight successful clears in 25 chances.
Castleton (1-3) has made a schedule change for this week, as the match against Worcester State originally scheduled for Thursday, March 15, in Worcester, Mass., will now be played at Spartan Stadium Friday, March 16, starting at 3:30 p.m. That will be the first of two home games for the Spartans on consecutive days, as Castleton opens the conference schedule Saturday, March 17, against Lyndon at 3:30 p.m.