DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Castleton University women's lacrosse team rattled off six straight goals to start the game and never looked back as it picked up an 18-9 victory over UMass-Dartmouth in its first-ever Little East Conference game.
Castleton improves to 4-4 on the year and 1-0 in conference action, while the Corsairs drop to 3-5 overall and 0-1 in league action.
Morgan Derosia had a monster game, netting six goals and adding two assists with a pair of draw control for the Spartans. Emma Best had her second six-goal game of the season, running her season total to 21 scores. Erin Shuttle had three goals and an assist, while Erin McKenna added two goals and a helper. Megan Wood added three assists for the Spartans, with Megan Krumm added a pair of assists of her own. Katie Feeney capped the day with a pair of points on a goal and an assist. McKenna scooped up six ground balls to lead the way, while Wood collected an impressive 13 draw controls for the Spartans. Samantha Hebb stopped six shots in goal with just three scores allowed in 30 minutes of play to earn her fourth win of the season.
Three players had three goals apiece for UMass-Dartmouth, as Sam Muir, Brooke Scahill and Brooke Martel each potted hat tricks to account for all nine Corsair goals. Scahill added an assist, as did Emma Delacy. Martel led the team with five ground ball pickups, while Scahill and Muir had four draw controls each. Kaitlyn Burchill suffered the loss, making seven saves but allowing 11 first-half goals before giving way to Bridget Harrington in the second half.
Castleton held a 33-20 edge in total shots as well as a 19-10 edge in draw controls. The Spartans converted 4-of-10 free position shots as well as 16-of-21 clears, while UMass-Dartmouth went 3-of-7 on free position opportunities and 16-of-25 on clear chances. The Corsairs held a 25-23 edge in ground balls, but committed 25 turnovers to Castleton's 22.
Castleton got on the board early and often, as Best scored right out of the gates with a goal just 31 seconds in on an assist from Shuttle. Shuttle then netted a goal of her own less than a minute later to make it 2-0, before Best found the twine against on an assist from Wood to put Castleton ahead, 3-0. The lead stretched to six goals over the next seven minutes, as McKenna, Derosia and Best doubled the Spartans' lead to 6-0 before the Corsairs got on the board.
After Muir scored for the Corsairs on a free-position shot, Martel cut it to 6-2 with 12:59 to play in the opening half, but Castleton responded with a string of five unanswered goals with time winding down in the half. Derosia scored three times in a row—twice on free-position attempts—to make it 9-2, before Best registered a pair of goals to make it an 11-2 game. Martel stopped the bleeding with 16 seconds left in the half for the Corsairs, burying a pass from Scahill to make it 11-3 going into the break.
The second half began much like the first, as Best scored in the opening minute of the period, but UMass-Dartmouth answered with Martel's third goal of the game less than a minute later. After McKenna potted her second goal of the contest, the Corsairs got two goals from Scahill to make it 13-6 in favor of Castleton. Derosia then scored her fifth goal of the game to stop the run, before Shuttle notched a man-up score to make it 15-6 Spartans. Derosia was not done, matching Best with six goals with 18:42 to play to give the Spartans a 10-goal edge, 16-6.
The Corsairs struck back with a pair of goals to make it 16-8, but Shuttle and Feeney scored back-to-back goals for Castleton to regain a 10-goal edge, 18-8, with 7:16 to go in regulation. Muir netted the last goal of the game, scoring with 4:39 left for the Corsairs to make it 18-9, a score that held through the final horn.
Castleton returns to action on Wednesday at Colby-Sawyer for a non-conference tilt with the Chargers. The opening draw is set for 4 p.m. in New London, N.H.