Spartans Fall Short Against Plymouth State

Castleton, Vt. - Castleton faced another tough non-conference test, but fell to an 18-8 defeat at the hands of Plymouth St. on Thursday evening at Spartan Stadium.

Jennilee Mark and Blake Wardwell each notched two goals for the Spartans, but the squad couldn't muster an answer for the Plymouth St. prolific attack. Meghan McNabb was the Panthers' catalyst, notching two goals and dishing out seven assists for nine points in the game. Amy MacDonald had four goals and two assists for the visiting squad.

The teams traded goals at the start, with Meghan Grabowski scoring for Plymouth 2:43 into the game, and Sarah Clark answering with a goal for the Spartans just 34 seconds later to tie the score at 1-1. After Clark's tally, Plymouth St. began a 7-0 run holding the Spartans scoreless for nearly 20 minutes. With 7:03 left in the first half, Mark notched her first goal to make the score 8-2.

Plymouth St. grabbed two more scores to extend their lead to eight with just under three minutes remaining in the half. In the final 90 seconds, Castleton rattled off three goals, one each from Amanda Flodstrom, Wardwell, and Mark, to cut the Panthers' lead to 10-5 at halftime.

The Spartans fought valiantly in the early second half, trading goals with the Panthers in the first ten minutes of the frame. A Plymouth St. goal by McNabb just 35 seconds into the period was answered 11 seconds later with a score from Spartan senior Jessica Taplin.

Grabowski notched a tally for Plymouth three minutes into the half, but the Spartans kept the game within reach with a goal from Maddy DaCosta with 20:32 remaining in the game. DaCosta's goal made the score 12-7, but the Spartans' momentum was silenced with a 5-0 run from Plymouth St.

Blake Wardwell ripped a goal in the final minutes for the Spartans, but by then the game was out of reach as the Spartans fell 18-8.

Brandi Whittemore led the Spartans with seven ground balls while Samantha Bonasera notched a team-high three caused turnovers. Meghan Els made eight saves for the Spartans who fall to 1-6 on the season.

Castleton will return to action on Saturday, Mar. 30 when they travel to face Western New England in a non-conference tilt.


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