GORHAM, Maine -- The Castleton University field hockey team's 2019 season came to an end Tuesday evening with a 2-0 loss to Southern Maine in the Little East Conference (LEC) quarterfinals.
After falling to the Huskies, 2-1 just three days ago, the Spartans traveled to Gorham, Maine once again to take on the fourth seeded Huskies for a spot in the LEC semifinals.
Defense was the highlight of the first two quarters of play as neither team was able to get anything going offensively.
The Spartans however, had a golden opportunity to go ahead midway through the first quarter. After a scrum in front of the Huskies' goal, Allison Lowell took a shot that was saved and pushed aside by goaltender Lindsay Pych to keep the game scoreless.
The Spartans held the advantage in shots as the team outshot the Huskies in the first quarter 3-2, but were unable to register a shot during the second quarter of play.
Similar to the first half, the third quarter was highlighted by strong defensive stands by both teams. The pressure began to mount for both teams as the game stayed scoreless. The Huskies accumulated four shots and two penalty corners during the third quarter. The Spartans shot the ball twice, highlighted by Gabriella Hunt missing from close range as Pych kept the Spartans off the board once again.
After nearly 47 minutes of play, the deadlock was finally broken as Samantha Ellis scored to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead at the 46:08 mark of the fourth quarter. After a penalty corner for the Huskies, goaltender Tashia Pashby-Rockwood saved an initial shot before Ellis scored on the rebound.
Ellis would tally her second goal of the game 10 minutes later to solidify the win for the Huskies.
Pashby-Rockwood finished the game facing five shots on goal while tallying three saves. She finishes her Spartan career with 31 wins, which is third most in program history and accumulated 279 saves for a career save percentage of .714.
With the 2019 season coming to a close, the Spartans will graduate seven seniors and will have 10 players return for the 2020 season.