CASTLETON, Vt. – Due to unplayable field conditions at Worcester State, the Castleton University women's lacrosse team agreed to move its scheduled match against the Lancers to Spartan Stadium Friday, March 16, at 3:30 p.m., just 24 hours before the Spartans open the conference schedule against Lyndon Saturday, March 17, also at Spartan Stadium.
Castleton brings a 1-3 overall record into the weekend after a 16-7 loss to the University of New England Monday afternoon. The Spartans will now play five consecutive matches at home before making the short trip to Northfield, Vt., to face Norwich next Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m.
With 14 goals and four assists so far this season, Erin Shuttle is tied for second in the North Atlantic Conference in both goals and total points, plus she leads the league with 32 shots. Emily Cross is tied for second in the league with six assists. Defensively, Samantha Hebb leads the NAC with 50 saves, is third in the league in save percentage at .490, and is fourth in the conference in goals against average at 13.13.
Worcester State brings a 0-2 record into Friday's contest with losses to Roger Williams on Feb. 27 (14-4) and to Gordon on March 1 (14-12). Against Gordon, the Lancers scored six straight goals, including the first five of the second half, to take an 11-9 advantage, but Gordon scored five of the final six goals of the match to earn the victory.
Offensively, Mackenzie Little and Alexis Vecchiarelli lead the Lancers with five goals and one assist apiece, while Kelly Austin has collected three goals and four assists. Chloe O'Brien has played all 120 minutes in net so far this season, posting a 14.00 goals against average and a .451 save percentage with 23 saves.
This will be the 16th meeting between Castleton and Worcester State since 2002, with the Spartans holding a slight 8-7 edge. After Worcester State won the first seven meetings, the Spartans have won the last eight contests between the two schools, including last year's 17-7 victory on April 27, 2017, at Spartan Stadium.
Lyndon won its first two matches of the season with victories over Newbury on March 1 (17-7) and Mitchell on March 4 (18-7). The Hornets have not played in close to two weeks, as a scheduled match at Wheelock was cancelled, and Saturday will be the first conference contest for both Castleton and Lyndon.
Mikayla Hodge, the NAC Player of the Year in women's basketball, has made the quick transition to the lacrosse field, leading the Hornets with 13 goals and five assists for 18 points as well as 22 draw controls. Taylor Cavaliero has scored nine goals so far this season, and Danielle Kuiper has contributed six goals and two assists. Paige Daley has grabbed the starting goalie job as a freshman, posting a 7.00 goals against average and a .440 save percentage with 11 saves.
In its first season as a varsity program, Lyndon came to Castleton on April 12, 2017, and lost to the Spartans, 21-1. Six Castleton players enjoyed multiple-goal games against the Hornets, while Hodge accounted for Lyndon's only goal of the match
After Saturday's match, Castleton plays at Norwich Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. before returning to Spartan Stadium for a NAC contest against Colby-Sawyer Saturday, March 24, at 1 p.m.