SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Castleton University women's lacrosse team fell behind early and never made up the difference as it dropped a non-conference matchup at Union (N.Y.) on Friday afternoon, 18-3, at Frank Bailey Field.
The Spartans fall to 1-2 on the season, while Union improves to 1-1 with the win. The Dutchwomen posted 12 first-half goals to take a commanding lead into the break before polishing off the game with six goals in the second half. Castleton scored twice in the first half—both from the stick of Abbie Lesure—while notching one goal in the second stanza.
Union outshot Castleton 34-5 in the contest, including 26-4 on goal. The Dutchwomen also held a 13-9 edge in ground balls and a 15-8 edge in draw controls. Castleton turned it over 28 times—14 of which were caused—while Union turned it over 16 times, only six of which were caused. The Dutchwomen converted on each of their two free-position shots, while Castleton went 1-for-2 on free-position opportunities.
Lesure led the way with a three-point game on two goals and an assist, the first multi-point game of her career as she had a hand in all three Spartan scores. Emma Best notched Castleton's third and final goal on an assist from Lesure, while Morgan Derosia added an assist on Lesure's second goal of the game. Katie Feeney led the Spartans with four ground balls and three caused turnovers in the contest. Samantha Hebb started in goal, making a pair of saves in just more than 12 minutes of action before giving way to Raven Payne for the remainder of the contest. Payne stopped six shots for Castleton in 47 minutes of play.
MK McIntire led Union with three goals and an assist, while Grace Heiting notched a goal and three helpers. Hannah Rosenberger scored twice for the Dutchwomen, as did Isabel Bush. Three goalies split time in net for Union, with the win going to Ellen Taney, who started and played the first 23 minutes.
Union scored early and often in the first half, taking a 5-0 lead less than eight minutes into the contest before Lesure stopped the run with a free-position goal to make it 5-1. The Dutchwomen quickly rattled off six more goals to go up 11-1 with 12:53 to play in the half before Lesure's second of the game came with just under nine minutes to go in the frame. Union added one more late goal to carry a 12-2 lead into the halftime break.
The Dutchwomen extended the lead to 16-2 after four unanswered scores over the first 13 minutes of the second half, but Lesure found Best in front from a score for Castleton's third goal of the game. Union capped the scoring with two more goals to give the game its final score, 18-3.
Casteton returns to action on Sunday with another road game at the University of New England. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.