CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's lacrosse team lost to Plymouth State Wednesday afternoon, 14-4, in a non-conference match at Spartan Stadium.
Castleton struck first just 1:11 into the match, as Emily Cross set up Hannah Braman for her 17th goal of the season. However, Plymouth State would quickly take control, as Megan Tingley scored consecutive goals to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead with 19:10 left in the first half.
Tingley continued to apply offensive pressure, assisting on a goal by Sam Fiore to extend the Panthers' advantage to 3-1 midway through the opening half. Castleton converted on an extra-player opportunity, as Braman scored her second goal of the game off an assist by Morgan Derosia to close the Spartan deficit to 3-2 with 10:58 remaining in the half.
Plymouth State (5-3) took control with four unanswered goals in the last seven minutes of the first half, including two more goals by Tingley as well as a tally by Sam Sullivan with eight seconds left on the clock. The Panthers continued to extend their lead with three straight goals in the first five minutes of the second half, including the second goal of the game for both Fiore and Sullivan.
Emma Best snapped the Panther scoring streak with a free position goal, followed by an unassisted goal by Erin Shuttle less than two minutes later to bring the Spartans within six at 10-4. Plymouth State would score the final four goals of the match, starting with Sullivan completing her hat trick.
Tingley led the Panthers with four goals and two assists, while Sullivan finished with three goals and one assist and Sophia Guerriero contributed two goals to the winning effort. Sullivan also collected seven ground balls and caused four turnovers, while Kimberly Zuccaro led the team with four draw controls.
Braman was the only Spartan to notch a multiple-point game with her two goals, Erin McKenna collected five ground balls, and Nadine Downing contributed four ground balls, three caused turnovers, and two draw controls. The Spartans struggled to create offense, converting on only 11-of-26 clearing attempts, while the Panthers were successful on 17-of-23 clearing chances.
Samantha Hebb made seven saves in net for the Spartans, while Clarissa Foote made five saves in the first 51 minutes of the game for the Panthers. Emilee Wargo came on in relief and was credited with one save.
Castleton (4-6) 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. (Senior Day) and against Lyndon Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. (One Love Awareness Game).