Spartans Open Conference Schedule with Win
Castleton, Vt. - The Spartans opened their North Atlantic Conference schedule with a 19-5 win over Maine-Farmington. Brianna MacKay and Amanda Flodstrom each finished with five goals and Kim Gosselin notched three goals and a pair of assists as the Spartans cruised.
MacKay recorded a career-high seven points on the day, notching a pair of assists to go with her five goals. The sophomore has scored 10 goals in the past three games after scoring just seven goals during all of last season. 11 different Spartans registered points in the win.
The Spartans opened the game on a 5-0 run, jumping out to an early lead behind the play of Gosselin. After an Amanda Flodstrom goal put the Spartans on the board, Gosselin factored into the team's next three goals. The freshman found Brianna MacKay to put the Spartans ahead 2-0, and then scored consecutive goals to put the home team ahead 4-0 at the 25:35 mark. MacKay added a second goal to make it 5-0 three minutes later.
Maine-Farmington finally broke through the Spartans' full-field pressure and converted on a fast-break score. Jaclyn Langevin received a pass on a clear, beat a Spartan defender and sprinted into the Castleton defensive zone. Langevin sprinted in and fired a shot that skipped past Bombardier for the goal, making it 5-1.
Castleton finished the half on another 4-0 run, taking a 9-1 lead into the halftime break. Shelby Smyth and MacKay each scored, and then in the final two minutes Gosselin registered another two points to finish the half, finding Taryn Smith for a goal and scoring her third of the game before the break.
In the second half, Farmington came out on a mission, beginning the half on a 3-0 run to cut the Castleton lead to 9-4 within the first 3:05 of the half. Langevin tallied her second followed by a pair of goals from Ayla Allen to give the Beavers life early in the frame.
Castleton scored a pair of goals to bump the lead back up to 11-4 before Mara Balboni scored for Maine-Farmington with 17:14 remaining to make it 11-5. After a Castleton timeout, the Spartans came out ready to defend. For the remaining 17 minutes, the Spartans did not allow a goal, thwarting the Beavers offense several times over the remainder of the game.
The Spartans turned good defense into good offense in the final parts of the game, stringing off an 8-0 over the final 16:38 to finish with a 19-5 victory. Amanda Flodstrom keyed the late run with three goals, while MacKay added a pair of scores and an assist during the run as well.
Brandi Whittemore and Tiffany Danyow each recorded five ground balls to lead the Spartans while Emilee Maher and Sarah Clark each forced three caused turnovers. Grace Johnson earned six draw controls, scooped three ground balls and recorded a pair of caused turnovers.
For Maine-Farmington, Rhi Jackson earned four ground balls to lead the Beavers. Ayla Allen finished with a team-high five draw controls with a pair of ground balls as well. Seven different Beavers recorded a caused turnover.
Castleton split their time in net, with Rachel Bombardier getting the win. She made a pair of saves and allowed one goal in 30 minutes of work. Meghan Els played the second half for the Spartans, recording a pair of saves and allowing four goals. Hannah Goodenow made 11 saves in the loss for Maine-Farmington.