CASTLETON, Vt. -- After a ten-day break, the Castleton University field hockey team returned to action afternoon to take on Bridgewater State to open Little East Conference play. The Spartans bombarded the Bears with 41 shots in an 8-0 shutout win.
The Spartans began the scoring just over a minute into the game as Loretta Blakeney scored an unassisted goal from close range. The team quickly put a second goal on the board as Gabriella Hunt slapped one in after Megan Ryan served it across the face of goal.
The first quarter saw two more Spartan goals Blakeney tallied her second of the game and Cydney Jeffrey weaved her way into the striking circle and scored easily extending the lead to 4-0.
In the second quarter, the Spartans were unable to score but kept the pressure on as they registered 11 shots.
The scoring continued for the Spartans right after halftime as Blakeney scored to complete the hat trick to give the team a 5-0 lead.
Hunt tallied three more goals in the third quarter and one more in the fourth quarter to increase her season total to eight. With her four goals today, Hunt now leads the Little East Conference in goals (8) and points (17).
With the win today, the Spartans even their overall record to 2-2 and are in a six-way tie for first place in the Little East Conference at 1-0.
Field hockey will return to action on Sunday, September 15 as it travels to Saratoga, N.Y. for a non-conference matchup against Skidmore.