CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University received contributions from several players as the Spartans defeated Maine Maritime Academy, 20-1, Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference women's lacrosse match at Spartan Stadium.
Emily Cross led the Spartans with four goals and four assists for eight total points, while Hannah Braman finished with two goals and five assists for seven points. Castleton received help from many people, as 12 players earned at least one point in the game, including the first career hat trick for Morgan Derosia, the first goals of the season for Erin McKenna, Nicolle Trivino, and Kirsten Kruk, and the first career collegiate goal for freshman Allison Lowell.
Erin Shuttle, who finished with two goals and two assists herself, started the scoring 44 seconds into the contest, and then she assisted on Braman's first goal of the game 47 seconds later. Braman returned the favor by assisting on Shuttle's second goal, and then McKenna assisted on Nadine Downing's tally before scoring herself just over four-and-a-half minutes into the contest.
The Spartans eventually scored nine goals within the first nine minutes of the game, and then their 10th goal came midway through the first half, allowing the clock to continuing running. Castleton took a 15-0 lead into halftime and then scored three more goals within the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Maine Maritime (2-3, 1-2 NAC), shorthanded due to a rash of injuries, would break the shutout midway through the second half, as Madison Barry raced down the field and found the back of the net with her only shot of the game. Christina Wilson did all she could in net for the Mariners, finishing with 11 saves as 31 of Castleton's 37 shots were on goal.
The Spartans collected 19 of the 23 draw controls, led by Downing with eight draw controls. Katie Feeney led the defense with seven caused turnovers as Maine Maritime took only three shots, with neither starting goalie Samantha Hebb nor Bria Willis, the Spartan goalie in the second half, credited with a save.
Castleton (4-5, 2-0 NAC) plays its final regular season non-conference game of the year Wednesday, April 4, against Plymouth State beginning at 4 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.