PLATTSURGH, N.Y. – The Castleton University women's lacrosse team dropped a tightly-contested battle Monday night at Plattsburgh State, falling 17-15 to the Cardinals in non-conference action at the Field House Complex.
The game featured 10 ties and eight lead changes, as the two teams battled it out to determine a winner into the waning minutes of regulation play. Castleton falls to 5-10 with the loss while Plattsburgh State improves to 2-14 on the season in its inaugural year of action.
Plattsburgh held a 43-29 advantage in shots on the evening, as well as an 18-16 edge in draw controls. The Cardinals also collected 29 ground balls to Castleton's 19, and scored on 5-of-8 free position shots while the Spartans went 4-of-7. Castleton turned it over 23 times to Plattsburgh's 24, while both teams committed more than 35 fouls in the contest.
Erin Shuttle led Castleton with six points on the night, scoring four times and adding a pair of assists. She also collected six draw controls. Morgan Derosia scored five times, with Megan Wood adding a five-point day from one goal and four assists. Erin McKenna chipped in with four goals, and Megan Krumm added one for the Spartans. Wood also collected six draw controls, while Kirsten Kruk collected a team-leading four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Samantha Hebb stopped 10 shots with eight goals allowed in 30 minutes of action, while Raven Payne shouldered the loss, allowing nine goals with seven saves.
Frankie Porcaro accounted for a large portion of the Cardinal offense, scoring seven times while Emily Caoili and Kerri Corcoran each contributed a hat trick. Katelyn McGlauflin also scored twice for Plattsburgh State. Claire Wiley racked up nine ground balls and Megan Slovensky added three caused turnovers. Alexa Cassidy stopped 10 shots in her second win of the season in goal.
The two sides traded goals in the early going, as Plattsburgh scored first before Derosia answered just more than a minute later. After the Cardinals took the lead once more, 2-1, Castleton rattled off six straight goals to take a 7-2 lead at the midway point of the opening half.
Porcaro's second of the contest stopped the Spartans' run, making it 7-3, but Derosia answered with her third goal of the game to push the lead back to five goals for Castleton. The lead did not stand, as the Cardinals rattled off five consecutive scores over the final 9:06 of the first half to send the game into the break all tied up, 8-8.
The Cardinals took their first since the opening minutes of play just 33 seconds into the second half, as Corcoran scored with Plattsburgh down an attacker to make it 9-8. Derosia matched the goal one minute later, before Shuttle gave Castleton the lead once more with 27:38 to play. After Corcoran and Caoili gave Plattsburgh the lead once more, Shuttle drew it even with a man-down score to knot the game up at 11-11.
Corcoran scored again to make it 12-11 Cardinals, but back-to-back scores by McKenna and Derosia put the Spartans back ahead for a brief moment. McGlauflin knotted the game up at 13-13 with 16:01 to play, before the two sides played scoreless for the following four minutes.
Reece Wiley broke the scoreless streak with a man-up goal to put Plattsburgh up once more, but Castleton stormed back with goals just 33 seconds apart as McKenna and Shuttle gave the Spartans a 15-14 lead. Plattsburgh scored each of the game's final three goals, however, as Porcaro notched Nos. 6 and 7 on the night on each end of a Wiley goal to help cap the victory for the Cardinals.
Castleton returns to action on Thursday at Rhode Island College at 6:30 p.m.