FARMINGTON, Maine – Castleton University picked up its seventh victory in the last nine games, defeating Maine-Farmington, 17-3, Saturday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference women's lacrosse match at Prescott Field.
Emily Cross tied her career high of five goals, originally set against the Beavers last season, plus she earned two assists for seven total points, while Erin Shuttle finished with a hat trick with three goals and one assist. Hannah Braman earned two goals, two assists, and three ground balls, and Emma Best also scored two goals along with four ground balls, five draw controls, and two caused turnovers.
Once again, Castleton struck first, this time on a goal by Nadine Downing just over two minutes into the game. Shuttle and Cross exchanged two goals apiece over the next seven minutes, and then tallies by Megan Wood and Katie Feeney extended the Spartan lead to 7-0 with 16:28 remaining in the first half.
Maine-Farmington (5-9, 2-4 NAC) jumped on the board just 18 seconds later on a goal by Carly Raymond. Cross would continue her offensive output with two of Castleton's next three goals, and then Shuttle completed her hat trick off an assist by Megan Krumm, giving the Spartans an 11-1 lead at halftime.
After Braman scored just over two minutes into the second half, Isabella Monbouquette picked up a goal off an assist from Kelly Lynch to bring the Beavers back within 10 at 12-2. The Spartans would score the next five goals with five different players scoring those goals before UMF closed out the scoring on a goal by Sierra Gilley off an assist from Alyssa Dolley.
Raymond led all players with eight draw controls as the Beavers won more draw controls than the Spartans, 13-9, plus she collected five ground balls and caused three turnovers. Heather Boland made eight saves for UMF as Castleton took 34 total shots, including 25 shots on goal.
Defensively for the Spartans, Morgan Derosia finished with two caused turnovers and four ground balls, while Kirsten Kruk also caused two turnovers as well as picked up two ground balls. Samantha Hebb played close to 51 minutes in net for Castleton, collecting eight saves while allowing just two goals for an .800 save percentage, her highest save percentage of the season and her highest single-game save total since she made 11 saves at Keene State March 27.
Castleton (8-6, 6-0 NAC) heads to Henniker, N.H., for the regular season finale against New England College Monday, April 23, starting at 4 p.m. The Spartans have already clinched at least a share of the NAC regular season title and will look to win it outright against the Pilgrims, currently in second place in the league standings at 5-1.