DANBURY, Conn. – The Castleton University women's lacrosse team made a second-half push Thursday against Western Connecticut State University, but came up on the short end of a 14-10 final score in Little East Conference play at the Westside Athletic Complex.
Castleton falls to 5-7 on the year and 1-2 in the LEC, while Western Connecticut improves its mark to 9-3 overall and 2-1 against LEC competition. The Colonials held a 32-19 edge in total shots, 27-23 edge in ground balls and turned it over just 12 times to Castleton's 20. Both sides collected 13 draw controls. The Colonials were 16-of-18 on clear attempts and 5-of-7 on free position shots, while Castleton was 13-of-17 clearing and 0-for-1 on free position attempts.
Emma Best racked up four goals for the Spartans, while Erin Shuttle added a hat trick of her own. Erin McKenna added a pair of scores and an assist, while Morgan Derosia scored once with two assists. Megan Wood racked up four helpers, two caused turnovers and four draw controls on the day. Katie Feeney led the team with five ground balls, followed by McKenna, Derosia and Calista Carl with three apiece. Samantha Hebb stopped a season-high 12 shots in goal.
Brooke Baldelli poured in six goals for Western Connecticut in addition to her six draw controls, with teammate Lauren Bradshaw adding a hat trick of her own. Samantha Lawlor and Caroline Galligan added two goals apiece for the Colonials. Bradshaw also produced a team-leading six ground balls and four caused turnovers. Jennifer Sawicki stopped four shots with 10 goals allowed in her eighth win of the season.
The Colonials got off to a hot start, with Baldelli scoring three straight goals in the opening seven minutes to give the hosts a 3-0 lead. Derosia got the Spartans on the board 12 minutes into the contest, but the Colonials answered shortly thereafter with Lawlor's first of the day. After Best cut the gap to 4-2 on an assist from Wood, Bradshaw rattled off two scores followed by goals from Baldelli and Lawlor to give WestConn an 8-2 lead with 7:36 to play in the half. McKenna and Best cut the deficit to 8-4 with scores two minutes apart, but Baldelli netted her fifth goal of the half with just 10 seconds on the clock to send the Colonials into the half leading 9-4.
The Spartans came out of the break firing, rattling off four consecutive goals as Best scored just more than three minutes in before Shuttle notched a pair of goals in a one minute span. McKenna capped the run with her second of the day, drawing the Spartans within one, 9-8.
The Colonials answered with a pair of goals by Galligan and Bradshaw, giving them a three-goal lead, but Best found the back of the cage again to make it 11-9. A pair of goals by Galligan and Jasmine Coleman for the Colonials pushed the edge to 13-9, a gap that the Spartans were unable to overcome. Shuttle completed the hat trick with 4:19 to play, but Baldelli capped the scoring in the contest with her sixth goal of the evening with 3:27 left on the clock to make it 14-10.
Castleton returns to action Saturday at Eastern Connecticut State University. Game time is scheduled for noon.