Castleton, Vt. – On a night designated to celebrate the Castleton seniors, the Spartan squad sent them out in style, defeating the Norwich Cadets 18-3 in their last game at Spartan Field on Thursday, May 2.
Grace Fitzpatrick finished with all three goals for the Cadets, while Cheyenne Mata-Notel made 13 saves in the loss. Flodstrom and Auer each finished with three goals and an assist while Sarah Clark notched three goals. Taplin scored twice and dished off an assist while Brandi Whittemore notched two goals and two assists. Lily Derbyshire made a save and earned the win for the Spartans.
In the first half, the Spartans jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, with senior Jessica Taplin opening the scoring with a goal 1:49 into the game. North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year Amanda Flodstrom added a tally and Sarah Clark notched two scores in the first 10 minutes of the game to give the Spartans an early lead.
Norwich responded with two goals of their own to cut the lead in half. Grace Fitzpatrick, the Cadets leading scorer, notched two back-to-back goals at 21:01 and 19:28 to put the Cadets within two goals, cutting the lead to 4-2.
After the early blemishes, the Spartan defense locked down and went the rest of the half without allowing a goal. Castleton rattled off nine consecutive goals to take a 13-2 lead into the half. NAC All-Conference First Team selection Kate Auer notched three goals in the first frame, while Clark slotted in two more before the break.
In the second half, Castleton picked up where it left off, outscoring the Cadets 5-1 in the final frame. Flodstrom added her 50th goal of the season 4:15 into the half. Jennilee Mark, Jessica Potash, Brianna MacKay, and Shelby Smyth each scored as well to put the Spartans up 18-3.
Castleton improves to 10-7 on the year, marking their sixth consecutive season with at least 10 wins. The Spartans will advance to the NCAA Tournament after their NAC title, playing in the first round against an opponent to be announced later this week.