GORHAM, Maine -- The Castleton University field hockey team, in need of a win to secure a home quarterfinal game in the upcoming Little East Conference (LEC) playoffs, were defeated by Southern Maine 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The first half was quite for both teams as neither team was able to get on the scoresheet. After two quarter of play, the Huskies held a slim advantage over the Spartans in shots with a 6-4 margin.
The Huskies finally broke through and took the lead coming out of halftime. At the 34:59 mark of the third quarter, Dorina Sirois maneuvered through the Spartans' defense and scored on a backhand flip that beat goaltender Tashia Pashby-Rockwood.
The Spartans however, would not be behind for long as Allison Lowell, who has become a crucial piece into the Spartans' success this season, scored her 10th goal of the season to even the score at one.
With score deadlocked at one a piece through the majority of the fourth quarter, the Huskies scored the game winner at the 56:42 mark. Maggie Redman redirected a straight pass from Abbie Staples giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead with under four minutes to play.
The 2019 regular season came to a close for the Spartans as it gears up for the upcoming LEC playoffs. With the loss to the Huskies earlier today, the Spartans have earned the fifth seed after finishing conference play with an 8-4 record.
Field hockey returns to action Tuesday, November 5 as it travels back to Southern Maine to take on the fourth seeded Huskies in a LEC quarterfinal matchup. The winner of that matchup will play the winner of the matchup between No. 1 Worcester State and No. 8 Plymouth State.