NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Castleton University women's lacrosse team picked up a non-conference victory on Wednesday afternoon, downing Colby-Sawyer by a final score of 16-10 at Veitch Turf Field.
The Spartans move to 5-4 on the year with the win, while Colby-Sawyer falls to 7-3 with the loss as Castleton snapped the Chargers' six-game winning streak. Shot totals were nearly even in the contest, as Castleton registered 26 to Colby-Sawyer's 27, while the Spartans collected 18 of the game's 27 draw controls. Castleton was plagued by 25 turnovers to the Chargers' 17, while Colby-Sawyer held a 22-20 advantage in ground balls. Both teams cleared the ball at-will, with Castleton going 14-of-17 and Colby-Sawyer going 14-of-15 on the day.
Erin Shuttle had a game-high five goals for the Spartans, while Morgan Derosia and Megan Wood had six points and six draw controls each for Castleton. Derosia scored four times with two assists, while Wood added three goals and three helpers. Wood also led the team with four ground balls. Erin McKenna and Emma Best scored twice each for the Spartans, while Shuttle caused three turnovers and McKenna and Katie Feeney had a pair of caused turnovers each. Samantha Hebb earned the win, making 10 saves in the cage while allowing 10 scores.
Brittany Ireland had three goals and an assist for the Chargers, while Briana Couture and Sarah Morin had two scores and a helper in the contest. Talia Dinger added two goals, while Caroline Tompkins had three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Kailyn Lapham shouldered the loss, allowing 16 goals while making just five saves for Colby-Sawyer.
The Chargers took an early lead, as Ireland scored less than four minutes into action, but Castleton answered with six straight scores to take a commanding lead that it never relinquished. Derosia knotted the game up at 1-1 on an assist from Wood before the two swapped roles as Wood made it 2-1 on an assist from Derosia.
McKenna then scored back-to-back goals for Castleton to make it 4-1, followed by a pair of scores by Shuttle to extend the lead to 6-1 in favor of the Spartans. Colby-Sawyer closed the half on a three-goal run, sending the contest into the break with Castleton ahead, 6-4.
The lead shrunk to one goal less than two minutes into the half, when Morin scored unassisted to make it 6-5. Castleton again answered with a run, as Shuttle, Derosia and Best rattled off three unanswered scores to give Castleton a 9-5 edge. A pair of Charger goals narrowed the gap to 9-7, before the teams traded goals to make it 10-8.
Castleton put the game away from that point, scoring six goals over a six minute span to take a 16-8 lead, as Wood both started and finished the run that put the contest out of reach. Colby-Sawyer added a pair of goals in the waning minutes, giving the game its final score of 16-10.
The Spartans are back in action on Saturday at Dave Wolk Stadium against Southern Maine. Game time is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.