CASTLETON, Vt. – Led by a pair of goals off of the stick of Sarah Wells, the Castleton University field hockey team defeated North Atlantic Conference-opponent Thomas College 4-1 on Saturday evening. The Spartans have now won three in a row and improve to 8-6 overall while moving to 2-1 in the league. Thomas falls to 1-9 and 0-3 in conference action.Kick-starting the Castleton offense just four minutes into the game, Wells notched the first of her scores. The junior co-captain put back a shot, which ricocheted off of the goalie's pads.
Kick-starting the Castleton offense just four minutes into the game, Wells notched the first of her scores. The junior co-captain put back a shot, which ricocheted off of the goalie's pads.
Following a Tiffany Weeks' score for Thomas in the 18th minute where she crossed up the Spartan goalie, Wells struck gold again. The Bellows Falls, Vt. native positioned herself perfectly just left of the center of the cage. Sending in an entry pass, Allison Lowell found Wells on the right, where the latter put it past the off-guard keeper.
With the score stagnant for much of the second half, Gabriella Hunt tallied her eighth goal of the year to give the Spartans some breathing room. She corralled a pass from Megan Ryan and sent it through the legs of the goalie in the game's 55th minute.
Adding some further insurance, Emily Lowell entered the contest in a penalty stroke situation. She buried the ball in the back of the cage, despite the Thomas keeper getting a glove on it and deflecting it left.
Tashia Pashby-Rockwood earned the win in the cage, improving to 3-4. She made three saves while facing four shots on goal. MacKenzie Oberholzer was tagged with the loss, despite making five saves in 70 minutes of play.
Castleton outshot Thomas 13-7 during the contest, while the Terriers earned a 6-5 advantage in penalty corners.
Field hockey returns to action for a nonconference battle at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday as they travel to Keene State.
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