CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University seniors took the spotlight on Senior Day, as the five players combined for 12 goals and eight assists to lead the Spartans over Husson University, 17-6, Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference women's lacrosse match at Spartan Stadium.
Chantel Wilkin started the scoring with a goal 20 seconds into the game, and then she assisted on a goal by fellow senior Tiffany Danyow 24 seconds later. Grace Johnson picked up an unassisted goal, and then Danyow earned her second goal of the game just over nine minutes into the contest to give Castleton a 4-0 lead.
Husson (2-4, 1-2 NAC) would break through with an unassisted goal by Amanda Deshaies, but Castleton answered back with three straight goals, the third an unassisted tally by senior Ashley Pelkey. After a goal by Husson's Mariah Carrier, Castleton seniors scored the team's final five goals of the first half, with Johnson and Danyow scoring two goals apiece and Sabrina Hosner picking up her first goal of the season off an assist by Johnson with 46 seconds left before halftime.
With the clock running for the vast majority of the second half, Castleton and Husson traded goals, with Kirsten Kruk and Nicolle Trivino each earning their first collegiate goal. The Spartan veterans finished the day off with the team's final two goals, as Danyow set up Pelkey for her second goal of the game, and then Johnson took a pass from Pelkey and found the net as the clock ran down.
Johnson tied her career high with six points on a season-high four goals and two assists, while Danyow earned her fifth four-goal game over the last seven contests since March 24. Pelkey earned two goals and two assists, Wilkin tied her career high for assists with three to go along with her goal, and Hosner caused two Husson turnovers to go along with her goal.
Johnson and Nadine Downing earned five draw controls apiece as Castleton controlled possession by winning 19-of-24 draws during the game. Samantha Hebb made six saves before Bria Willis took over as the Spartan goalie, with Willis earning one save in the final 11:35 of the match.
Deshaies and Carrier led Husson with two goals apiece, with Cassidy Roderick and Mattie Russell scoring the other goals for the Eagles. Kaitlin Dolloff played the entire match in net for Husson, collecting six saves. Husson's next game is at Thomas College Wednesday, April 12, at 4 p.m.
Castleton (4-6, 4-0 NAC) hosts Maine-Farmington in the annual One Love game Sunday, April 9, at 3:30 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. Castleton fans are encouraged to add blue to their wardrobe for the game in recognition of the Yards4Yeardley campaign and the One Love Foundation, established to help end relationship violence.