CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University received offensive contributions from several different players, as five Spartans notched a hat trick in Castleton's 22-2 victory over Thomas College Saturday morning in a North Atlantic Conference women's lacrosse match at Spartan Stadium.
With the victory, Castleton improved to .500 overall for the first time in over a month at 6-6, plus the Spartans remain on top of the NAC regular season standings with a 4-0 league mark. Thomas fell to 1-9 overall and 0-5 within the conference.
Erin Shuttle led the Spartans with five goals, her second consecutive five-goal match and fourth of the season. Hannah Braman also collected five points on four goals and one assist, while Emma Best, Emily Cross, and Erin McKenna scored three goals apiece. In total, 12 different Spartans earned at least one point during the contest.
Cross scored the first three goals of the match, notching her hat trick in the first 1:56 of game action. Braman collected her first three goals in the span of 12 minutes, while Shuttle and Best earned two goals apiece during that time frame as the Spartans quickly brought about the running clock by opening a double-digit advantage halfway through the first half.
Down 16-0 at halftime, Thomas broke through 14 seconds into the second half on Kimberly Banks's eighth goal of the season. Banks would score the Terriers' other goal with 12:56 remaining in the second half as Thomas was held to six total shots and struggled to clear its defensive zone, succeeding on only 5-of-21 clearing attempts.
Led by seven draw controls by Best, Castleton won 18-of-25 draws, committed a season-low 15 turnovers, and collected 25 ground balls, including a game-high seven ground balls by Katie Feeney.
Thomas goalie Sydni Collier was credited with seven saves as Castleton took 38 shots, including 29 shots on goal. After Samantha Hebb did not face any shots in the first half, Bria Willis came on to play the second half in net and finished with three saves.
At halftime, seniors Braman, Cross, and Nadine Downing were recognized for their contributions to the Castleton women's lacrosse team. Downing finished with one goal, two assists, and three draw controls during the match.
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.