NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Castleton University used the combination of timely offense and strong defense to defeat Norwich University, 11-6, Thursday night in a non-conference women's collegiate lacrosse match at Sabine Field.
The Spartans struck first when Erin Shuttle scored just 56 seconds into the game. The Cadets had several chances to tie the game but could not put a shot on net. With 17:33 left in the first half, Emily Cross picked up her first goal of the night to increase the Castleton lead to 2-0.
Norwich (1-2) finally broke through on a goal by Kathryn Albretsen with 9:17 left in the first half, but the Spartans quickly responded, winning the ensuing draw control to gain possession and reestablishing a two-goal lead 20 seconds later on a tally by Morgan Derosia. Shuttle picked up her second goal of the game with 7:59 left in the first half to extend the Spartan lead to 4-1.
The teams would exchange goals in the final seven minutes of the first half, including a 48-second stretch that featured a goal by Nadine Downing, followed by a free-position goal from Albretsen and Cross's second goal of the match. Shuttle completed her hat trick with 55 seconds remaining in the first half, but Emily Schromm would convert on a shot right before the buzzer to close the Cadet deficit to 7-4 at halftime.
Castleton put the game away by scoring the first three goals of the second half, starting with Cross completing her hat trick just over six minutes after halftime. Downing earned her second goal of the match, and Shuttle picked up her fourth tally to give the Spartans a 10-4 advantage with 12:14 remaining in the second half.
Olivia Bloom scored twice for Norwich to pull the Cadets within four, but Downing completed her hat trick late in regulation to complete the scoring. Norwich took more shots than Castleton, 32-25, but the Spartans earned more shots on goal than the Cadets, 19-14.
Shuttle, Cross, and Downing all finished with four points, as Shuttle scored four goals while Cross and Downing collected three goals and one assist apiece. Samantha Hebb made eight saves as she helped keep Norwich scoreless for significant amounts of time in both halves.
Bloom led Norwich with two goals and one assist, while Albretsen also finished with two goals for the Cadets. Lawson Hayes also made eight saves during the night as she tried to keep her team close throughout the contest.
Castleton (2-4) opens the North Atlantic Conference schedule Saturday, March 24, against Colby-Sawyer College starting at 1 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.