Wells' Second Hat Trick of Year Pushes Field Hockey to Eighth Consecutive Win

Wells' Second Hat Trick of Year Pushes Field Hockey to Eighth Consecutive Win

SALEM, Mass – Sarah Wells scored her second hat trick of the season as the Castleton University field hockey team took care of business on the road at Salem State on Friday night, 5-0.    

The Spartans have stretched their winning streak to eight games to match the longest in program history. The 2012 squad, which finished 17-5 and won the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) championship, also featured an eight-game winning streak. Castleton's shutout streak extends to 224:47 with their third-straight shutout.

Loretta Blakeney scored the remaining two goals for Castleton (9-2, 7-0 LEC). Gabriella Hunt and Allison Lowell each pitched in assists for the Spartans.    

Moments after a near miss, Blakeney smacked in a pass from Hunt in to give the Spartans a late first-half lead. With the assist, Hunt has a streak of five consecutive contests with an assist. In her current six-game point streak, she has scored five goals for a total of 15 points. 

Following a scoreless 15 minutes to open the second half, Castleton scored their four remaining goals in the following 15:14. Wells scored her first goal at 50:02 when she forced a turnover and stepped around a defender before firing a shot inside the left post.

Blakeney scored her second goal 8:58 later after Iyanna Williams stole the ball and controlled the possession for the Spartans, a slew of passes advanced the ball up-field before a deflected ball found its way to Blakeney waiting by the left post with an open tap-in for a goal.

Then, just 29 seconds later, Wells notched her second goal of the contest and 12th of the season after defeating two defenders and placing a shot, this time on the right side of the cage, to beat Salem netminder Kaitlyn O'Shea.

O'Shea made 13 saves for Salem State (0-11, 0-6 LEC). Vanessa Yavorski pushed the Viking attack with four shots. Tashia Pashby-Rockwood earned her third consecutive shutout with three saves on the evening.

Wells completed the hat trick at 65:14 when she took a stretch pass from Allison Lowell and fired a shot in form 12 yards out.

Castleton will look to extend its streak with a home contest against Fitchburg State on Tuesday at 7 p.m.