WESTFIELD, Mass. – A pair of second-half goals scored over a three-minute span launched the Castleton University field hockey team to a 3-1 lead at Westfield State on Wednesday evening.
The Spartans extend their program-best winning streak to 11 and improve to 12-2 overall while carrying a 10-0 Little East Conference (LEC) record into the final two conference tilts of the year. Castleton holds a one-game lead over Keene State (13-3, 9-1) for the top spot in the conference.
With a pair of assists, Gabriella Hunt extended her consecutive games point streak to nine straight contests. She has five goals and nine assists over the span.
Sarah Wells raced in and after centering pass to Jeffrey was struck down, Wells forced a turnover, slapped a shot on goal and Jeffrey tapped in the rebound for her seventh goal of the season to give Castleton the lead at the 25:53.
After the break, the Owls tied the contest at one at 51:22 with a tally from Brittany Bowes. After Tashia Pashby-Rockwood handled her initial attempt, Bowes took advantage of a free shot at the cage for the equalizer on the rebound.
The deadlock lasted for just 2:15 as Blakeney netted the eventual game-winner at 53:37. Gabrielle Ryan forced a foul and played the restart to Hunt who redirected to Blakeney waiting with a defender in front. Blakeney jostled for position and forced her shot attempt in the cage.
From the remnants of a Spartan corner, Blakeney fired a shot from circle-edge that was swatted down by Hunt and deflected to Lowell who fired a shot between the goalie's legs for her fifth goal of the campaign.
The Spartans held a large advantage in possession time and dominated statistically, displayed in an 18-8 edge in shots and an 11-3 margin in penalty corners.
Pashby-Rockwood made to saves as the Castleton defense forced their netminder to make less than three saves for the eighth time over the 11-game streak. Katie Vamosi made 10 saves for Westfield State (6-10, 4-6 LEC).
Castleton will play host to Southern Maine (8-7, 6-3 LEC) on Saturday for Senior Day at 4 p.m. as part of the Homecoming festivities. After playing their penultimate game on the road at Rensselaer (3-10, 2-3 Liberty) next Wednesday, the Spartans will face off with Keene State on Oct. 27 on the road.