CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's lacrosse team will play its final regular season non-conference game of 2018 against Plymouth State Wednesday, April 4, starting at 4 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans are 4-5 overall and 2-0 within the North Atlantic Conference after defeating Maine Maritime Saturday, 20-1, the team's third victory over the past four games. As a team, Castleton is 20th in the country in caused turnovers per game at 14.11, 22nd in ground balls per game at 25.44, and 37th in assists per game at 6.56.
Individually, Emily Cross is 41st in Division III with 19 assists as well as 46th in the country in assists per game (2.11) thanks to a four-assist performance against the Mariners to go along with four goals. Erin Shuttle is fourth in the NAC in goals with 28 and fifth in the league in points with 34.
Defensively, Emma Best is tied for first in the NAC with 18 caused turnovers, followed by Katie Feeney in fourth place with 15 caused turnovers. Best also leads the conference with 35 ground balls and is fifth in the league with 40 draw controls. In net, Samantha Hebb is in the top 100 of Division III in saves (56th – 81), save percentage (95th - .466), goals against average (98th – 11.05), and saves per game (100th – 9.0).
Plymouth State is 4-3 overall and 1-0 within the Little East Conference after defeating UMass-Dartmouth Saturday, 17-10. As a team, the Panthers are averaging 11.7 goals, 30.9 shots, 20.9 ground balls, 11.9 draw controls, and 10.6 caused turnovers per game.
Megan Tingley leads the Panthers with 24 goals and 12 assists for 36 total points along with 28 draw controls. Sam Sullivan has scored 22 goals so far this season, while Sydney Dubois has contributed eight goals, 19 ground balls, 18 draw controls, and 13 caused turnovers. Clarissa Foote has started all seven games in net for Plymouth State, posting a 3-3 record with a 12.74 goals against average and a .486 save percentage with 68 saves.
This is believed to be the 22nd meeting all-time between Castleton and Plymouth State, with the Panthers holding a 20-1 series advantage. The lone Spartan victory came on March 25, 2015, 13-11. Last season at the Holderness School, Plymouth State scored eight unanswered goals on its way to a 17-3 victory. Tingley finished with three goals and three assists, while Sullivan scored four times for the Panthers.
Castleton heads to Bangor, Maine, to face Husson University Saturday, April 7, at 1:30 p.m. The Spartans close out the regular season home schedule the following weekend against Thomas Saturday, April 14, at 3:30 p.m. and against Lyndon Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m.