Castleton Rallies to Take Lead, But Falls to Skidmore

CASTLETON, Vt. Castleton State came back from a four-goal deficit to take a late lead, but they but could not hang on, and the Thoroughbreds emerged with a 13-10 non-conference win at Spartan Stadium on Monday. With the loss, Castleton falls to 2-4, while Skidmore ups its mark to 4-1.

Lexi Melville (Syosset, N.Y.) and Lauren Madden (Huntington, N.Y.) led the Thoroughbred attack with three goals while Leslie Stebbins (Wilton, Conn.) and Laura Ferzoco (Norwell, Mass.) each added two.

Kate Auer (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) had three goals to pace the Spartans and Cori Healy (Jefferson Township, N.J.), Sarah Clark (New Bedford, Mass.) and Angelica Mazzola (Centerport, N.Y.) each chipped in a pair.

It was a tale of two halves as the opening stanza was played in a brisk 36 minutes. Skidmore held the momentum for much of the period, out-shooting Castleton 14-4 and holding a 6-1 edge on the draw.

After Melville and Auer traded goals to open the game, the Thoroughbreds reeled off four-straight to take a 5-1 lead into the interval. Freshman Nicole Laplante (South Portland, Maine) scored her first collegiate goal just one minute into the second half to push the lead to 6-1.

Castleton scored the next two goals in succession to slice the lead in half, before Melville answered to push the advantage back to four at 7-3 with 20:50 remaining.

The Spartans then grabbed the momentum and went on a 6-1 run over the next eight minutes to grab their first lead of the game on a free-position goal from Auer that made it 9-8 with 12:40 left. Clark keyed the surge, scoring a pair of goals, and perhaps more importantly grabbing four draw controls and a ground ball. The ground ball came on a nifty play as she pounced on a rebound and scooped home her 13th goal all in one motion to cut the deficit to 8-7 at the time.

Skidmore found the equalizer on a Stebbins marker just 39 seconds after falling behind, and put the game away with three more goals over the next six minutes. Madden, the Thoroughbreds' leading scorer came up big when it mattered, giving Skidmore the lead for good and tacking on an insurance goal during the stretch run.

Castleton evened out the stat sheet over the final 30 minutes, maintaining a 19-12 edge in shots and an 11-7 advantage on the draw to finish the game at 26-23 and 13-12 respectively, in favor of Skidmore.

Rachel Klein (Far Hills, N.J.) made 10 saves to earn the win, including seven in the second half. Lily Derbyshire (Little Compton, R.I.) stopped seven shots in between the pipes for Castleton.

The Spartans return to action on Thursday when they play host to Plymouth State at 4:00 pm. Skidmore is back at it on Friday when the Thoroughbreds travel to RIT for a 4:00 pm Liberty League contest.


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