CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University fell behind by as many as six goals early in the second half before starting a comeback, but that rally came up a little short as Worcester State held on for a 12-10 victory Friday afternoon in a non-conference women's collegiate lacrosse match at Spartan Stadium.
Emily Cross led the Spartans with four goals and one assist, while Hannah Braman also finished with five points on two goals and three assists. Emma Best scored twice, Megan Krumm dished out two assists, and Morgan Derosia earned her first collegiate goal to go along with an assist for two points.
Best struck first less than three minutes into the game, but Alexis Vecchiarelli responded for the Lancers 31 seconds later. After 10 minutes of back-and-forth action, Kaylee Krajewski gave Worcester State its first lead of the game, but Cross would pick up her first goal of the day to tie the game at 2-2 with 11:02 left in the first half.
Worcester State (1-2) scored three unanswered goals in a two-minute span, led by Coley Hayes with a goal and an assist, to pull out to a 5-2 lead. Cross would cut into the Lancer advantage with her second goal of the game, but Kelly Austin scored with 1:56 remaining in the first half to give the Lancers a 6-3 lead at halftime.
Krajewski earned two goals and an assist in the first minute-and-a-half of the second half to extend the Lancer lead to 9-3. Castleton started its comeback by taking advantage of a Lancer penalty, as Derosia scored a man-up goal off an assist by Braman.
Goals by Braman, Erin Shuttle, and Cross closed the Spartan deficit to 9-7 with 16:49 left in the second half, but the Lancers would increase their lead back to three on a goal by Kylie Farrell halfway through the half. After another goal with the player advantage for the Spartans, this time by Cross, Mackenzie Little scored one minute later to put Worcester State back on top by three, 11-8, with 8:18 remaining in regulation.
Best worked her way through the Lancer defense and scored her second goal of the game with 5:46 to go, but once again Worcester State did not allow the Spartans to come any closer, as Alexa Harvey scored with 2:36 remaining on the clock. Nadine Downing set up Braman for her second goal of the game with 1:28 left in the second half, but the Lancers were able to hold off the Spartans and run out the clock.
Krajewski and Vecchiarelli collected three goals and one assist each to lead the Lancers, with Little finishing with two goals and one assist along with a game-high nine draw controls. Chloe O'Brien made nine of her 12 saves in the second half as she turned away the Spartan offensive pressure enough times to keep her team ahead.
Best led Castleton with four draw controls, but Worcester State was able to earn more draw controls than Castleton, 15-9. In her first match back on the women's lacrosse team after the conclusion of the alpine skiing season, Kirsten Kruk led the Spartans with six caused turnovers.
Castleton (1-4) is not scheduled to play again until Thursday, March 22, at Norwich University starting at 7 p.m., as the home match originally set for Saturday, March 17 against Lyndon has been postponed due to anticipated cold weather. The conference opener for the Spartans is now next Saturday, March 24, against Colby-Sawyer beginning at 1 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.