The Castleton field hockey team used a four-goal surge from four different players over an 18-minute span in the second half to defeat Morrisville State this afternoon at Spartan Stadium, 8-5.
With the win, Castleton improves to 1-1 on the season, while Morrisville State drops to 0-2 overall.
Tied at three with just over 23 minutes left in regulation, junior Emily Lowell sparked a Spartans offense that had not scored since the 20:29 mark of the first half. Lowell took a perfect feed from Rachel Holland and one-timed it into the back of the cage to give Castleton a 4-3 lead. The goal was Lowell's first of the season, while Holland tallied her second assist of the campaign.
Freshman Maddie Langey followed less than ten minutes later with her first-career goal at the 21:49 mark of the second half. Langey found the top of the cage following a perfect pass from Lowell to give the Spartans a 5-3 advantage.
After Wells notched her second goal of the game at the 25-minute mark of the second half, Castleton freshman Cydney Jeffrey gave the Spartans their fourth goal of the half and a 7-3 advantage. The goal was also Jeffrey's first of her career.
Junior Mariah Linnett tallied the final goal for the Spartans with the assist coming from freshman Mia Sanborn. Linnett's goal, sandwiched between two Morrisville State goals, gave the Spartans their fifth goal of the second half to secure the 8-5 win.
The Spartans notched eight goals from six different players on the day. Senior Haley Spittle led Castleton in the first half, tallying two goals and an assist for a total of five points. Spittle now has six points on the young season for Castleton.
Leah Holland earned her first career win in the cage after keeping the Mustangs off the board for nearly twenty straight minutes of the second half.