CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's lacrosse team dropped a Little East Conference matchup to Keene State on Wednesday evening, falling by a final score of 20-9 at Dave Wolk Stadium.
Prior to the contest, Castleton players donned One Love Foundation apparel to support the organization's mission to teach young people how to love better and put an end to relationship violence. Banners for One Love, as well as Finding One's Voice—an organization founded in honor of Victoria McManus, the sister of a former Castleton women's lacrosse coach who fell victim to relationship violence—were hung at the stadium.
Castleton falls to 5-9 with the loss overall and 1-4 in LEC play, while Keene State improves to 5-6 on the year with a 2-2 LEC record. Castleton held a 20-16 edge in ground ball and turned it over only 17 times to Keene's 19, but the Owls' 22-9 edge in draw controls and 38-20 edge in shots proved too much to overcome. Both teams scored three times on free-position shots.
Erin Shuttle, Megan Krumm and Emma Best had two goals apiece, while Morgan Derosia and Erin McKenna had a goal and an assist each. Best added an assist to lead the Spartans with three total points. McKenna, Calista Carl and Megan Wood each had three ground balls, with Wood, Derosia and Kirsten Kruk had two draw controls apiece. Samantha Hebb was tabbed with the loss, allowing 14 first-half goals with four saves. Raven Payne stopped five of the 11 shots she faced in the second half.
Marina Pappalardo exploded for 10 points on five goals and five assists for the Owls, while Emily Parker added five scores of her own. Chelsea Lewis had three goals, while Ali Daisy scored twice and added two assists. Brigid Casey racked up 12 draw controls for the Owls. Joanna Steinhauer made two saves in the victory, while Anna O'Brien added five stops in the second half of action for Keene State.
Best gave Castleton an early lead with a score just more than two minutes into the contest, but Keene State quickly answered as Parker notched her first of the day just 24 seconds later. Parker struck again three minutes later, before Lewis made it 3-1 Owls with 19:12 to go in the opening half. Back-to-back scores by Derosia and Krumm made it 3-3 and drew a timeout by the Owls.
Keene State scored four unanswered goals following its timeout, all four coming in a 1:18 span. Shuttle stopped the run with a free-position goal, making it 7-4, but the Owls again went on a run with four more goals to go ahead 11-4. After Krumm notched a man-up goal, Tess Masci did the same for Keene State to push the advantage to 12-5. The Owls added two more scores before the break to take a 14-5 lead into halftime.
Castleton scored the first goal of the second half, as McKenna buried a feed from Best, but Lewis answered less than a minute later for the Owls. After Kruk and Best added goals for Castleton to make it 15-8, Pappalardo netted her third goal of the game to stop the brief run. Shuttle again got on the board for Castleton to cut the gap back to 16-9, but Keene State closed the game on a 4-0 run to push the lead to 20-9.
Castleton returns to action on Monday at Plattsburgh State. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.