CASTLETON, Vt. – Led by a pair of goals each from Sarah Wells and Emily Lowell, the Castleton University field hockey team defeated the Fitchburg State Falcons – 6-2 – on Wednesday evening. With the win in the team's final home game of the season, the Spartans improve to 9-8, while the Falcons drop to 8-7.
Following Fitchburg State's Bailey Miller's sixth score of the year in the 49th minute, which cut the Spartan lead to 3-2, Castleton notched three straight goals to close out the contest. Wells and Lowell scored the first two in the 57th and 62 minutes, respectively. Wrapping up the scoring, Casey Traill slapped a one-timer into the back of the cage for her eighth of the season.
Lowell started the scoring for the Spartans with her first of the day and new career high 13th of the season, off a pass from Rachel Holland. The latter slapped the ball from the middle of the circle to Lowell waiting in front of the cage.
Just 39 seconds later, Aislinn DeHorsey tied the game off a pass from Molly Richard. DeHorsey put it past Castleton's keeper, Tashia Pashby-Rockwood, and notched her 10th goal of the campaign.
Pashby-Rockwood earned the victory in the cage, improving to 4-4 while making a single save. On the other side of things, Kasey Mammone was tagged with the loss, while making two saves.
It would take until the 33rd minute for either team to grab the lead. Wells took the task of doing just that and scored her first of the evening, taking it the distance past Mammone to make it 2-1 Spartans.
Following the halftime break, Mariah Linnett extended the Castleton advantage to 4-2 with a goal off of the penalty corner. Lowell inbounded it to Holland to Linnett, who smacked a shot past the left of the keeper.
Castleton returns to action at 6 p.m. on Saturday for its final North Atlantic Conference contest of the season. It will travel to New England College where a win will guarantee the team a place in the four-team league championship beginning Oct. 25.
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