PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Castleton University women's lacrosse team picked up a crucial Little East Conference win Thursday night, knocking off Rhode Island College by a final score of 15-2 at Alumni Field.
The Spartans (6-11, 2-4 LEC) jumped out to an early lead and cruised to victory over the Anchorwomen (6-7, 2-4 LEC). Castleton dominated the stat sheet, outshooting RIC 33-16 while winning 11-of-19 draw controls. The Spartans scored on 6-of-11 free-position shots, while RIC went 0-for-8 in similar situations. The ground ball battle was nearly even, with the Anchorwomen holding a 23-22 edge.
Emma Best and Morgan Derosia scored four times apiece, while Erin Shuttle (3g, 1a) and Megan Wood (2g, 2a) had four-point nights as well. Erin McKenna added a pair of scores, with Megan Krumm adding an assist. Samantha Hebb stopped 11 shots in her fifth win of the season, allowing just two goals.
Angie Leonardo and Giana Ritchie each scored once for the Anchorwomen, with Ritchie and Cara Williams assisting on scores for RIC. Julia Eaton made 11 saves while shouldering the loss in goal.
Best notched a quick hat trick for Castleton, scoring each of the first three goals of the game in the opening 11 minutes of action. Wood made it 4-0 midway through the half before Shuttle pushed the lead to 5-0 with 10:34 to play before halftime. After an Anchorwoman goal by Leonardo, Derosia got her first goal of the day to make it 6-1, and Shuttle scored her second of the evening to send the Spartans into the break with a 7-1 lead.
Derosia scored once again just 40 seconds into the second half, before Shuttle completed the hat trick just two minutes later, before McKenna gave Castleton a 10-1 edge less than five minutes into the second stanza. Ritchie snapped Castleton's five-goal run that dated back to the first half with a score with 24:59 left in the game, but Castleton rattled off five more goals to end the contest and earn a critical victory in conference competition.
Castleton wraps up the regular season on Saturday with an LEC showdown at Dave Wolk Stadium at 1 p.m. The Spartans' five seniors will be honored prior to the game in a Senior Day ceremony.