WATERVILLE, Maine – Castleton University enjoyed another solid offensive game and increased the defensive pressure as the Spartans defeated the Thomas College Terriers, 16-4, Thursday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference women's lacrosse game at Smith Field.
Thomas (1-5, 1-2 NAC) scored just over a minute into the game, as Samantha Greenlaw set up Lindsey Allen. Castleton responded 37 seconds later when Ashley Pelkey scored off an assist by Tiffany Danyow, but the Terriers retook the lead one minute later as Greenlaw scored an unassisted goal.
The Spartans would take the lead for good thanks to four unanswered goals, as Emily Cross earned assists on the first three tallies, two of them scored by Danyow. Cross would then pick up her own goal with 20:06 remaining in the first half to extend the Castleton lead to 5-2 and force Thomas to call timeout.
The break seemed to work for the Terriers, as they kept the Spartans off the scoreboard for a while and reduced their deficit to two with 13:26 left in the first half on Greenlaw's second goal of the game. However, Castleton would put together another 4-0 scoring run to close out the first half, led by Danyow with an assist on Cross's second goal of the day as well as a goal of her own to extend the Spartan lead to 9-3 at halftime.
Greenlaw completed her hat trick less than two minutes into the second half, but that would be the only Thomas goal of the final 30 minutes, as Grace Johnson started a 7-0 Castleton scoring run with a goal just over one minute later. Seven different Spartans scored goals during that stretch, as many players were able to come off the bench and see time on the field.
For the second time this season, Danyow finished with seven total points, earning her fourth four-goal match of the season while tying her career high with three assists. Cross added three goals and three assists for a career-high six points, Nadine Downing notched the first multiple-goal game of her career with two goals, and Chantel Wilkin also finished with two goals.
Defensively, Erin McKenna led the Spartans with four ground balls and a career-high four caused turnovers. Samantha Hebb picked up her third victory of the season in net after making five saves, and Bria Willis made her Castleton debut in net as a substitute, earning one save as she played the final six minutes of the game.
Greenlaw led Thomas by playing a role in all four goals with three goals and one assist, while Allen scored the other goal for the Terriers to go along with six ground balls and two caused turnovers. Sydni Collier made 13 saves as Castleton outshot Thomas, 37-13.
Castleton (3-6, 3-0 NAC) enters a busy weekend with home games against NAC foes Husson Saturday, April 8, and Maine-Farmington Sunday, April 9, both starting at 3:30 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. Before Saturday's game, the Spartans will honor their seniors, while Sunday's contest has been designated the One Love game, as Castleton helps raise awareness about the need to actively stop domestic violence.