Second-Half Surge Takes Keene State by Castleton

CASTLETON, Vt. - Caitlyn Corace (Mahopac, N.Y.) scored three second half goals, and Jamie Albert (Southington, Conn.) added two as Keene State overcame a 6-5 deficit at halftime to earn a 12-10 win over Castleton State in non-conference action Tuesday evening at Spartan Stadium.

Corace pulled the Owls even at 6-6 just under three minutes into the second half, and gave Keene State a 7-6 lead seven minutes later off a Lauren Sawyer (Westbrook, Maine) assist. After Amanda Flodstrom (Stratham, N.H.) made it 7-7, Corace and Sawyer hooked up once again to make it 8-7.

Castleton answered with two-straight goals from Stephanie Paproski (Newtown, Conn.) and Flodstrom to grab the lead back at 9-8, but the Owls answered with four-straight, including two from Albert to push the Margin to 12-9.

Corace ended the night with a game-high four goals, while Albert added three. Jill Kirk (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.), Lauren Brown (Agawam, Mass.), Sammi Benson (Hampstead, N.H.), Emily Persano (Somers, Conn.) and Missy Luzzi (Oakland, N.J.) each tallied one goal and Sawyer pitched in three assists to up her season total to 37.

Marie Van Der Kar (Manchester, Vt.) paced Castleton with three goals, while Flodstrom and Liz Haggerty (Centerport, N.Y.) each had a pair. Paproski, Angelica Mazzola (Centerport, N.Y.) and Sarah Clark (Guilford, Vt.) each had one.

The game was back-and-forth throughout and saw eight ties and nine different lead changes. Castleton held a slight 35-27 edge in shots, while posting a 14-10 advantage on the draw, while Keene State had 29 ground balls compared to 26 for Castleton.

Both goalies kept their respective teams in the game throughout; with Erin Taylor (Brewster, N.Y.) stopping 10 shots in the win and Ashly Neal (York Beach, Maine) stopping 11 in the loss.

Keene State improves to 9-5 and will travel to Westfield State Thursday for a 7:00 p.m. non-conference match-up. Castleton falls to 9-4, losing for the first time at home all season (6-1). The Spartans will travel to Framingham State for a New England Womens Lacrosse Alliance match-up at 4:30 p.m.


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