BANGOR, Maine – Castleton University took some time to take control against Husson University, but the Spartans dominated the second half on their way to a 16-7 victory over the Eagles Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference women's lacrosse match at Boucher Field.
Erin Shuttle led the Spartans offensively with five goals, while Emily Cross finished with three goals and three assists. Emma Best and Nadine Downing each notched hat tricks as well with three goals apiece, Hannah Braman scored two goals, and Morgan Derosia and Allison Lowell contributed two assists each.
Castleton took the early lead, starting with a goal by Shuttle 56 seconds into the game off an assist by Nicolle Trivino. That was followed by Best's first goal of the day with 22:10 left in the first half.
Husson (3-5, 3-2 NAC) scored four unanswered goals, starting with a free position goal by Amanda Deshaies. Deshaies then assisted on a goal by Paige Daigle, and then she earned another free position goal to give the Eagles a 3-2 lead. Korallei Fifield converted on her own free position chance to extend the Husson lead to 4-2 with 13:31 remaining in the first half.
The Spartans regained the momentum with four straight goals of their own, starting with two consecutive goals by Best assisted by Lowell. Cross set up Shuttle to give Castleton the lead for good, and then Braman scored late in the first half to give the Spartans a two-goal lead. Daigle scored her second goal of the game to close the Eagle deficit to 6-5 at halftime.
Best would set up Cross for a goal with the player advantage 1:03 into the second half, and that would spark the Spartan offense, continuing with two straight goals by Downing. Shuttle would score two of Castleton's next three goals, and Braman would convert on a free position chance to increase the Spartan lead to 13-5.
Maddy Olsen scored Husson's final two goals of the match, joining Deshaies and Daigle as multiple-goal scorers for the Eagles. Deshaies also collected eight ground balls, five draw controls, and five caused turnovers for the home team, while Mallory Burchill made 15 saves in net for the Eagles.
Besides her three goals and one assist, Best earned four ground balls, six draw controls, and five caused turnovers. Samantha Hebb made six saves for Castleton as she earned her fifth victory of the season.
Castleton (5-6, 3-0 NAC) returns to Spartan Stadium next weekend, hosting Thomas College Saturday, April 14, at 3:30 p.m. on Senior Day, followed by the rescheduled contest against Lyndon Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. on One Love Awareness Day.