CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's lacrosse team dropped a non-conference duel at Dave Wolk Stadium on Monday evening, falling to SUNY Canton by a final score of 17-10.
Castleton falls to 5-6 on the season with the loss, while Canton moves to 9-2 with the victory. The Kangaroos held a 30-27 edge in shots on the day, including a 23-18 edge in shots on goal. Castleton collected 30 ground balls to Canton's 25, while both teams turned the ball over 30 times.
Draw controls were nearly even, with the Kangaroos coming away with 15 while Castleton grabbed 14. Canton cashed in on free-position chances all game long, converting 7-of-11 while Castleton managed to score on just 4-of-12 free-position opportunities.
Erin McKenna netted four goals for the Spartans, while Erin Shuttle added a four-point game with three goals and an assist. Morgan Derosia, Megan Krumm and Megan Wood each chipped in with a goal and an assist apiece. Calista Carl and Katie Feeney each collected five ground balls on the evening, while Wood led the way with eight draw controls and three caused turnovers. Samantha Hebb shouldered the loss in goal, allowing six scores in the opening 15 minutes before giving way to Raven Payne. Each goalie made three saves.
Molly Denny racked up six points on five goals and an assist for the Kangaroos, while Logan Bush had five points on three scores and two helpers. Stephanie Thayer scored four times, and MaryClare Bowes contributed a hat trick for the Canton attack. Denny led the team with five ground balls, while Jessica Pele had seven draw controls. Mia Jermano caused four turnovers for the Kangaroos. Madison Leary earned the win with a four-save effort in the opening half, before Nicole Piskorowski came on in the second half and stopped four shots of her own.
The Kangaroos scored early and often, jumping out to a 5-0 lead less than seven minutes into the contest. Bush, Bowes and Pele made it 3-0 in just more than two minutes of play, before Thayer scored back-to-back goals to make it a five-goal game. McKenna stopped the bleeding with a free-position goal, but Bush's second of the game made it 6-1 just 11 seconds later. Castleton rattled off three unanswered scores to draw within two, 6-4, as Wood, Derosia and Krumm found the score column. Canton responded with three more goals before the half, carrying a 9-4 lead into the break.
Shuttle scored just more than 90 seconds into the second half with Castleton down a player to make it 9-5, but the Kangaroos got it back minutes later when Denny scored her second of the game. Shuttle then completed the hat trick with back-to-back scores, but Denny responded with two more of her own to keep the Canton lead at five goals. After McKenna scored on a man-up chance, Thayer added two more for the Kangaroos to push the lead to six goals, 14-8. McKenna scored again, completing the hat trick, but Bowes and Pele found the back of the net to stretch the lead even further. McKenna netted her fourth goal of the game with just 3:23 to play, but Denny capped the scoring with 2:04 on the clock to make it 17-10 in favor of Canton.
Castleton returns to action on Thursday at Western Connecticut State for a Little East Conference matchup. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.