Castleton Rolls by Green Mountain, Stays Unbeaten in NAC

CASTLETON, Vt. Castleton State early and often in a 20-4 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) East Division win over visiting Green Mountain College Wednesday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.

The Spartans put 22 of 24 first half shots on net, and came away with an 18-2 lead heading into intermission. Kate Auer (South Gelns Falls, N.Y.) started the scoring barrage just 16 seconds into the game, igniting a 5-0 Castleton run to start the game as five different Spartans scored.

Johanna Douglas (Essex, Conn.) briefly calmed the waters for Green Mountain, scoring her 25th goal of the season on a fantastic individual effort, splitting a pair of defenders en route to the goal.

Castleton proved to be too much, however, reeling off another four-straight before a second Douglas marker, and finishing the half on a 9-0 run.

Amanda Flodstrom (Stratham, N.H.) ended the half with five points and on four goals and an assist while Jessica Taplin (Barre, Vt.) also had five points on three goals and two assists.

The Spartans looked to maintain possession for much of the second half, finishing even with Green Mountain at 2-2 over the final 30 minutes.

Douglas led the Eagle attack with three goals, while Lara Baxter (Maybrook, N.Y.) added a single marker.

Flodstrom finished with a game-high six points on five goals and an assist. Taplin finished with five first-half points, while Auer (three goals, one assist) and Mariah Lesure (Vernon, Vt.) (two goals, two assists) each had four points.

Lily Derbyshire (Little Compton, R.I.) earned the win with four first-half saves before giving way to Kelsey McDonald (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) who turned away one shot in the second half.

Virginia Anderson (Silver Springs, Md.) made 11 saves in the loss.

Castleton forced 32 Eagle turnovers and limited Green Mountain to just 3 for 18 in clearing attempts. Angelica Mazzola (Centerport, N.Y.) keyed the Spartan possession game with seven draw controls, two ground balls and three caused turnovers while Samantha Bonasera (Chelsea, Vt.) added a game-high four caused turnovers and three ground balls.

Douglas, who entered the game leading all of the NCAA Division III in draw controls had a game-high nine to go with three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.

The Spartans, who have now won three-straight, improve to 5-5 overall and 3-0 in NAC play.

Green Mountain dips to 2-5, 0-3.

Castleton returns to action on Saturday versus New England College in a 7:00 p.m. NAC East tilt at Spartan Stadium. The game is part of a doubleheader with the men in which Castleton will play for the Four Diamond Fund in conjunction with the NCAA Division III Week. The Spartans will wear special orange shirts, while selling t-shirts, a 50/50 raffle and more in support of Dustin, the twelve-year-old brother of a Castleton athletic training student who was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago. It is the second year of the event.


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