Field Hockey Clinches Top Seed with Wells' Winner in Double-OT

Field Hockey Clinches Top Seed with Wells' Winner in Double-OT

KEENE, N.H. – Senior Sarah Wells scored at 5:27 of double-overtime to lift the Castleton University field hockey team over Keene State, 5-4, to claim the Little East Conference regular season title on the road on Saturday.

The Spartans, in their first season in the LEC, concludes the regular season at 13-4 (11-1 LEC) and will enter the conference tournament as the number one seed. Castleton will host #8 Eastern Connecticut in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Granted a victory in the opening round, Castleton University will be the host site for the LEC Championship weekend to take place Nov. 2-3.           

Sophomore Allison Lowell scored two goals for the Spartans. Gabriella Hunt and Loretta Blakeney each scored a goal in the effort. Tashia Pashby-Rockwood turned aside five shots.

The LEC's leading scorer, Nina Bruno, scored twice for the Owls, who will also host a quarterfinal game on Tuesday and finish as the second-seeded team. Kayla Klein and Julia Babbitt each netted a goal for Keene State (14-6, 10-2 LEC). Rachel Loseby made 11 saves.

Castleton took a 1-0 lead 4:34 into the contest on Blakeney's 12th goal of the season. Bruno scored both of her goals in succession to give the Owls a 2-1 advantage at 15:05. Hunt squared it at two at 21:13 with an assist from Wells. 

Babbitt snagged the lead back at 26:49 for Keene State, but Lowell returned fire just 1:55 later. Cydney Jeffrey picked up her fifth assist of the year on the goal. Klein completed the seven-goal first half with a score at 34:16 to give the Owls a 4-3 lead at the half.

Lowell's tying goal served as the only tally of the second half when she scored at the 42:27 mark with an assist from senior Gabrielle Ryan

Castleton was awarded a corner at the end of the first overtime period that led to a scoring opportunity for Hunt, but her shot slid wide-right.

The Spartans controlled possession for much of double-overtime with a pair of corners and two shots handled by Loseby before Wells netted her 16th goal of the season to end it.