CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's lacrosse team trailed by a goal at halftime, but outscored rival Norwich University 11-3 in the second half to pick up a 15-8 win in non-conference action at Dave Wolk Stadium on Sunday.
The Spartans (3-3) were behind 5-4 at the halftime break, but quickly took the lead after scoring seven unanswered goals in the first 11 minutes of the second half, never looking back from there as the knocked off the Cadets (3-4) behind the strength of five different goal scorers.
Megan Wood dominated the day for the Spartan offense, racking up five goals and two assists for seven total points. She also added five draw controls and caused a turnover. Emma Best doubled her previous career-high in single-game scoring, potting six goals on the day for Castleton. Erin Shuttle added two goals in her first action in 10 days, while Aubra Linn and Megan Krumm added scores for the Spartans. Krumm tallied a two-point day with an assist as well, while Morgan Derosia had a pair of helpers of her own. Samantha Hebb made nine saves in the victory on 17 total chances.
Brynn Mendes, Emily Schromm and Kate Winstanley each scored twice for the Cadets, with Abby Roberts and Missy Preul accounting for the remaining Norwich goals. Mary-Kait Mace had two assists—the only assists of the game for the Cadets—while Lawson Hayes took the loss in goal with just seven saves and 15 goals against.
Both sides coughed the ball up 30 times on the day, while shots were nearly even with Castleton holding a 28-27 edge. The Spartans won 13 draw controls to Norwich's 11, while the Cadets collected 31 ground balls to Castleton's 26. Castleton went 3-of-5 on free-position opportunities, while Norwich converted on 4-of-6.
Norwich opened the scoring less than five minutes into the contest, when Schromm buried a free position shot to make it 1-0. Shuttle answered for Castleton two minutes later on a pass from Krumm from the right side, knotting it at 1-1. After the Cadets tallied back-to-back goals to go ahead 3-1, Best notched her first of the game on a free-position shot to make it 3-2. Roberts put the Cadets on top 4-2 with a free-position goal of her own, but Best and Wood scored back-to-back—Wood's goal on a man-up opportunity—to tie the game at 4-4 with 8:40 to play in the half. Norwich carried a 5-4 lead into the break, however, as Mendes scored with just 1:16 on the clock to give the Cadets the lead once more.
The halftime lead was the last lead Norwich would hold in the contest, as Castleton scored twice on a man-down situation right out of halftime. Linn buried an unassisted goal less than two minutes into the half, before Wood gave Castleton its first lead of the day, 6-5, on an assist from Derosia. Castleton stretched its lead all the way to 11-5 before Norwich answered, making it 11-6. The Spartans then added two more goals off the stick of Wood to go ahead 13-6, but Winstanley notched yet another for the Cadets. After a pair of goals by Best pushed Castleton ahead 15-7, the Cadets capped the scoring with two minutes to play when Schromm converted a free-position goal to make it 15-8, a score that held through the final horn.
Castleton returns to the field on Tuesday against Smith for its final contest before the start of the Little East Conference schedule. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Castleton's Dave Wolk Stadium.