Castleton Stays Unbeaten in NAC East with Win vs. NEC

CASTLETON, Vt. Castleton State opened with a flurry and never looked back in a 16-10 NAC East Division win over New England College Saturday evening at Spartan Stadium.

Kate Auer (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) bookended a 7-0 run to start the game for Castleton, scoring just over three minutes into the contest off a Jessica Taplin (Barre, Vt.) assist and finishing the opening surge with her 27th goal off a Samantha Bonasera (Chelsea, Vt.) helper. Along the way Castleton received goals from four others, including a pair by Amanda Flodstrom (Stratham, N.H.).

New England College answered with four-straight over the next five minutes, including a natural hat trick by Amanda Naimie (York, Maine) to end the run, all three of which were assisted only by her blazing speed.

Flodstrom stopped the run with her third of the game, igniting four-straight goals to end the first half as the Spartans took an 11-4 lead into the intermission.

Castleton pushed its lead to 13-5 after trading goals to open the half before NEC went on a 4-0 run to slice the deficit in half. Eleni Hatsis (Norwalk, Conn.) fueled the surge with a pair of goals.

Auer answered the run with her fifth of the game, and after Hatsis scored her third of the contest, Flodstrom and Sarah Clark (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) iced the game with two-straight markers.

Naimie's four goals paced the Pilgrim attack, while Hatsis followed with three and Meredith Merce (Dover, N.H.) added a pair.

Auer's five goals led Castleton, while Flodstrom added an assist to her four tallies to finish with five points. Mazzola and Cori Healy (Jefferson Township, N.J.) each turned in two-goal, one-assist performances.

Castleton held a 17-11 advantage on the draw, with Mazzola corralling the lion's share with six. Jennilee Mark (Chelmsford, Mass.) was also key to the possession game with four ground balls, four draw controls and four caused turnovers NEC goalie Rebecca Harvey (Natick, Mass.) came out of her crease on several occasions to cause seven turnovers, and boasted a game-high six ground balls to go along with 11 saves.

Lily Derbyshire (Little Compton, R.I.) finished with 10 saves in the win.

Castleton improves to 6-5, 4-0 while New England College falls to 5-8, 3-1.

The Spartans will play host to Husson tomorrow at 3:00 pm in NAC East action, while the Pilgrims are off until Tuesday when they play host to Salem State at 6:00 pm.

2012-04-14



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