Women's Lacrosse Outlasted by Southern Maine

Women's Lacrosse Outlasted by Southern Maine

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton women's lacrosse team saw an early lead evaporate as Southern Maine used a strong second-half surge to defeat the Spartans, 12-9, Saturday afternoon in non-conference action at Spartan Stadium.

With the loss, Castleton falls to 1-2 on the young season while Southern Maine picks up its first win to move to 1-1 overall.

Erin Shuttle led all scorers and paced the Spartans with five goals and an assist. Emily Cross notched four points on a goal and three assists, and Hannah Braman added two goals and an assist. Samantha Hebb tallied a career-high 15 saves, including nine in the second half alone, in the cage for Castleton.

Three different goal scorers registered three goals apiece to lead Southern Maine offensively. Aliza Jordan led the way with six points on three goals and three assists while Hala Van nostrand earned seven saves in the win for the Huskies.

Allison Irish opened the scoring with an unassisted goal 7:06 into the match to give Southern Maine an early 1-0 lead, but Shuttle quickly tied the game with her first goal of the contest 37 seconds later on a feed from Cross before the duo paired up again at the 20:52 mark to give the Spartans a 2-1 advantage.

After the Huskies' Alex Farley tied things up at 2-2 less than a minute later, Castleton netted three unanswered goals, including two more by Shuttle, to open a 5-2 lead for the Spartans midway through the first half. Each team traded two goals apiece before Colleen Fleming scored with 1:26 left on the clock to go into halftime with the Spartans on top, 7-5.

Southern Maine came out charging in the second half with four unanswered goals – three by Jordan – to take a 9-7 lead. The Spartans were unable to generate strong offensive momentum until Shuttle found the back of the net once more with 15:13 left in regulation to cut the deficit to one goal. That was as close as Castleton could get, however, as the Huskies answered with two insurance goals by Farley and Megan Violette just 17 seconds apart. Megan Wood potted the final goal for Castleton to close the margin back to two at 11-9, but Farley issued the final goal of the match on a free position opportunity to secure the 12-9 victory for Southern Maine.

Castleton finished 14-for-23 in clear attempts, while Southern Maine went 16-for-25. The Huskies held a 31-21 advantage in the shots department and edged the Spartans in draw controls, 12-11. Each team committed 24 turnovers.

The Spartans are back in action on Monday when they host the University of New England at 4 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.