CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's lacrosse team will celebrate Senior Day with an early start to its match Saturday, April 14, against Thomas College at Spartan Stadium.
With the forecast calling for inclement weather starting Saturday afternoon, the two teams agreed to start their contest at 8:30 a.m. The Senior Day ceremony honoring Hannah Braman, Emily Cross, and Nadine Downing will take place right at the start of halftime.
Castleton is coming off a 16-7 victory at Husson last Saturday to improve its overall record to 5-6. The Spartans sit atop the NAC standings with a 3-0 league mark, ahead of New England College after the Pilgrims lost to Colby-Sawyer Wednesday.
Samantha Hebb is third in the NAC in the three major statistical categories for goalies: total saves (94), save percentage (.452), and goals against average (10.95). On the offensive side, Cross is tied for the lead in the conference in assists with 23, plus she is fourth in the NAC in total points (51) and fifth in the league in goals (28).
Thomas is 1-8 overall and 0-4 within the NAC, losing to Southern Maine Wednesday, 14-5. As a team, the Terriers are averaging just three goals per game along with 9.2 shots, 18.8 ground balls, and 10.9 caused turnovers per game.
Kimberly Banks leads the team with seven goals, 17 draw controls, and 19 caused turnovers, while Alexis Felch and Amira Jones have scored five goals apiece. Sydni Collier has played every second in net for the Terriers, posting a 16.44 goals against average and a .339 save percentage with 76 total saves.
This will be the 16th meeting between Castleton and Thomas, with the Spartans winning the previous 15 contests. Last season in Waterville, Maine, Castleton defeated Thomas, 16-4, behind four goals and three assists from Tiffany Danyow as well as three goals and three assists by Cross. Samantha Greenlaw led the Terriers with three goals and one assist, while Collier made 13 saves in net.
Castleton's home match against Lyndon scheduled for Sunday, April 15, has been postponed due to the impending forecast. The Spartans will now host the Hornets Thursday, April 19, starting at 7 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.