MORRISVILLE, N.Y. -- Gabriella Hunt netted three goals and added an assist to help propel the Castleton University field hockey team to victory earlier today over Morrisville State.
Castleton 8, Morrisville State 0
Castleton (1-1, 0-0 Little East) | Morrisville State (0-2, 0-0 SUNYAC)
Drake Field | Morrisville, N.Y.
After a devastating loss to Union to start the 2019 season, Castleton came out swinging today against Morrisville State. Senior forward Cydney Jeffrey started off the scoring as she scored her first of the season, two minutes into the game. Jeffrey currently has 23 career goals and sits 10th on Castleton's all-time goals list.
In a quarter where Morrisville's defense held strong, The Spartans came out in the second quarter and easily put the game away. Midway through the quarter, Megan Ryan scored her first goal of the season after Gabriella Hunt sent the ball in off of a penalty corner.
In a span of less than a minute, the Spartans added two more goals to lead the game 4-0 heading into halftime. Gabriella Hunt scored her first goal of the game on a one time shot right in front of the Morrisville goal while Loretta Blakeney crashed the goal and placed one in after a goaltender save 32 seconds later.
The scoring wouldn't stop for the Spartans as Hunt scored her second goal of the game with just over two minutes gone in the third quarter. Hunt and freshman forward Kaitlin Bardellini were able to break free for a two on one with Morrisville goaltender Morgan Dueber. Hunt was able to slide it in on the Bardellini assist.
Bardellini would also tally her first career goal in the third quarter and then added another one in the fourth.
Gabriella Hunt would score her third goal in the fourth quarter. She completed her third career hat trick and tallied seven points on the day. Hunt's last multi goal game came last season against Eastern Connecticut State in the Little East Quarterfinals. She scored four goals en route to a 7-0 team win.
Field hockey will return to action on Wednesday, September 4 as it takes on #1 Middlebury. These two teams met in the 2018 season as Middlebury took home the 10-0 decision.