CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University maintained its position at the top of the North Atlantic Conference standings with a 20-2 victory over Lyndon State College Thursday night in a women's collegiate lacrosse match at Spartan Stadium.
With the victory, the Spartans move over .500 for the first time this season at 7-6, plus they extended their conference regular season winning streak to 51 matches with their fifth league win this season.
Hannah Braman earned career-high totals in assists and total points as she earned four goals and six assists for 10 points, while Emily Cross also reached the 10-point mark with three goals and seven assists. Erin Shuttle also notched a hat trick as she finished with three goals and two assists, with Emma Best, Morgan Derosia, Nadine Downing, and Erin McKenna scoring two goals apiece.
Cross was involved in the first six goals of the match, scoring twice while assisting on the other four tallies. Braman would earn assists on the next two goals, and then her second goal of the game halfway through the first half extended the Castleton lead to 10-0, activating the running clock for the rest of the night.
Megan Krumm picked up the only free position goal of the game with 6:08 remaining in the first half, and then Shuttle set up McKenna for the final goal of the opening half to increase the Spartan advantage to 14-0 at halftime. Downing was involved in the first two goals of the second half, assisting on Megan Wood's fourth goal of the season before picking up her second goal of the night.
Lyndon (4-6, 0-5 NAC) finally broke through with 18 minutes remaining in the second half as Mikayla Hodge streaked down the field and found the back of the net with her first shot of the game. Hodge also converted on her second shot of the night with 8:15 left on the clock to give the Hornets another goal.
Of Castleton's 33 total shots, 29 of them were on goal, with Lyndon goalie Paige Daley making nine saves. Bria Willis made her first career collegiate start in net for the Spartans and earned her first career victory despite not making any saves, as the Hornets took only four total shots, two in each half.
Castleton (7-6, 5-0 NAC) wraps up the regular season with road games at Maine-Farmington Saturday, April 21, at 12 noon and at New England College Monday, April 23, at 4 p.m.