CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University field hockey team used goals from four different players to defeat Framingham State, 4-0, at home on Wednesday.
With the win, the Spartan winning streak elevated to seven games. With its second consecutive shutout, the Castleton defense has played 154:47 without surrendering a goal. Castleton (8-2, 6-0 LEC) currently holds a one-game lead over Keene State (9-2, 5-1 LEC) for the conference lead.
Cydney Jeffrey put the Spartans on the board at 27:16 when she evaded a defender before rushing toward the cage and taking a shot that bounced off of a defender and in.
With 30 seconds remaining in the first half, Allison Lowell's fourth goal of the season sent the Spartans to the break with a 2-0 advantage. After initiating a restart, Gabrielle Ryan spun away from trouble and found Lowell from 14 yards out who took a low one-timed shot inside the right post
At 52:28, Sarah Wells pushed a reverse stick shot that was handled by Ram goalie Grace Pushor, but Loretta Blakeney connected with the putback attempt with the ball thigh-high to put the Spartans up by three. Then at 61:59, Wells took a long leading pass from Gabriella Hunt through the middle and scored for her team-leading 10th goal of the campaign.
The Spartans took a 29-4 shot edge as Pushor, a freshman, made a career-high 16 saves for Framingham State (2-6, 0-6 LEC). Castleton also boasted a 14-2 advantage in penalty corners.
Castleton will return to action on Friday when it travels to Salem State (0-9, 0-5 LEC).