CASTLETON, Vt. – After a close first half, Castleton University scored often early in the second half to pull away with a 17-9 victory over Colby-Sawyer College Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference women's lacrosse match at Spartan Stadium.
Emily Cross collected a career-high 11 points on four goals and seven assists, Hannah Braman scored a career-high six goals on just seven shots, and Erin Shuttle contributed five goals in the contest. The Castleton defense was led by Erin McKenna's career-high seven caused turnovers as the Spartans caused 21 of Colby-Sawyer's 33 turnovers.
Castleton jumped on top just 2:40 into the contest when Cross set up Braman, and then Cross scored an unassisted goal just over five minutes into the game to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead. Nicole Lavigne set up Bailey Starr for the Chargers' first goal of the contest, but the Spartans responded, taking advantage of an extra-man opportunity as Shuttle scored her first goal of the game.
Just 41 seconds after Sarah Morin scored to bring Colby-Sawyer within one at 3-2, Braman scored the first of two straight goals. Lavigne scored twice late in the half to close the Charger deficit to two, but another Braman goal set up by Cross with two minutes remaining on the clock gave Castleton an 8-5 halftime lead.
Goals by Shuttle, Nadine Downing, and Morgan Derosia in the first 1:17 of the second half extended the Castleton advantage to 11-5. The Spartans would put the game away with four unanswered goals midway through the second half, as Shuttle and Cross earned two tallies apiece in that span.
Colby-Sawyer (3-3, 0-1 NAC) was led by Morin with four goals and Lavigne with two goals and two assists. Lavigne also led the Chargers with five ground balls and eight draw controls. Starr also collected eight draw controls to go along with four caused turnovers, and Kailyn Lapham finished with five saves in net for Colby-Sawyer.
The Spartans took a total of 32 shots, including 22 shots on goal, while the Chargers finished with 24 total shots, featuring 16 shots on goal. Samantha Hebb earned seven saves in net for Castleton as she picked up her third victory of the season.
Castleton (3-4, 1-0 NAC) travels to face Keene State Tuesday, March 27, starting at 6:30 p.m. The Spartans return home next Saturday, March 31, for a conference contest against Maine Maritime beginning at 3:30 p.m.