KEENE, N.H. – Castleton University lost to Keene State College, 16-5, Tuesday night in a non-conference women's collegiate lacrosse match at the Owl Athletic Complex.
Keene State (3-6) jumped on the board just 1:14 into the game on a free position goal by Erica Chareth, and then the Owls took advantage of another free position attempt just over two minutes later, with Chelsea Lewis scoring the goal to give Keene State a 2-0 lead.
Lewis would score the next two goals to increase Keene State's lead to 4-0 after 10 minutes of action, followed by goals from Ali Daisy and Taylor Farland to give the Owls a 6-0 advantage halfway through the first half. After a goal by Keene State's Marina Pappalardo, Castleton finally broke through when Nadine Downing scored her fifth goal of the season.
Castleton would take advantage of a Keene State yellow card, as Emily Cross scored on the extra-man opportunity with an assist from Morgan Derosia. However, the Owls would collect three goals in the span of less than two minutes, two of those goals scored by Daisy, to extend their lead to 11-2 at halftime.
Daisy started the second half with a goal just 1:16 after halftime, followed by a goal from Gabby Smith three-and-a-half minutes later. Each team would score three goals the rest of the way, with the Spartans receiving two goals from Erin Shuttle and two assists from Hannah Braman in that span.
Cross and Shuttle finished with two goals apiece, with Braman earning two assists in the contest. Besides her goal, Downing finished with four draw controls, three ground balls, and three caused turnovers. Samantha Hebb made 11 saves for the Spartans before being replaced with just under three minutes left in the game.
Daisy led the Owls with five goals, followed by Lewis with four goals. Tori Weinstock picked up a goal along with eight draw controls, five ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Anna O'Brien played the entire game in net for Keene State, earning the victory with seven saves.
Castleton (3-5) resumes conference play as it hosts Maine Maritime Saturday, March 31, starting at 3:30 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.