CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's lacrosse team will begin the final stretch of five straight North Atlantic Conference games by traveling to Bangor, Maine, to take on Husson University Saturday, April 7, at 1:30 p.m.
The Spartans are 4-6 overall after a 14-4 loss to Plymouth State Wednesday afternoon. Castleton is 2-0 so far this season in conference play, joining New England College as the only NAC teams still unbeaten in league competition. Thursday, the Spartans held a special Spring Break practice, dressing in beach and Hawaiian gear as they have remained on campus while their fellow students are enjoying a week off.
With an assist Wednesday, Emily Cross extended her streak of consecutive games with at least one point to 22 dating back to last season as she leads the Spartans with 45 points, third in the NAC. Cross is also second in the league with 20 assists and fifth in the conference with 25 goals, while Erin Shuttle is fourth in the NAC with 29 goals and Hannah Braman is tied for third in the league with 12 assists.
After making seven saves against Plymouth State Wednesday, Samantha Hebb leads the NAC with 88 saves this season, plus she is third in the league in save percentage (.451) and fourth in the conference in goals against average (11.37). Emma Best is tied for the NAC lead in caused turnovers with 18, with Katie Feeney right behind her in a tie for fourth with 16 caused turnovers.
Husson is 3-4 overall, but 3-1 within the NAC after a 15-8 victory over Maine Maritime Wednesday. As a team, the Eagles are averaging 11.7 goals, 27.0 shots, 24.9 ground balls, 13.3 draw controls, and 9.0 caused turnovers per game.
Six players have accounted for all of the goals and 28 of the 30 assists for Husson, led by Amanda Deshaies with 20 goals and seven assists along with 33 ground balls, 45 draw controls, and 16 caused turnovers. Paige Daigle has earned 16 goals and six assists, Cali Newton has contributed 15 goals, and Makenna Mont is tied for the team lead with seven assists. Mallory Burchill has played every second in net for the Eagles, posting a 13.14 goals against average and a .343 save percentage with 48 saves.
This will be the 12th meeting all-time between Castleton and Husson, with the Spartans winning the previous 11 contests. Last season at Spartan Stadium, Castleton scored the first five goals on its way to a 17-6 victory.
After Saturday's game, Castleton is off until next weekend when it hosts Thomas Saturday, April 14, for Senior Day and Lyndon Sunday, April 15, for the One Love Awareness Game, both at Spartan Stadium.