CASTLETON, Vt. – Junior Megan Ryan scored her first two goals of the season to lead Castleton to a 4-2 victory over Bridgewater State in the first Little East Conference (LEC) home contest in program history.
With the win, the Spartans improve to 3-2 (2-0 LEC), while the Bears drop to 1-3 (0-2 LEC).
Castleton opened the scoring at the 20:08 mark when Sarah Wells took a rebound off Bridgewater goalie Allison Chappell following a penalty corner and put it in for her third goal of the season.
The Bears knotted it at one 4:40 later also on a penalty corner when Samantha Hayes grabbed a loose ball in a scramble in front and shot it in into the back of the cage; she scored both tallies for the Bears. Just 44 seconds into the second half, Hayes brought the ball in from midfield, evaded a defender, and placed a shot into the left side of the cage to tie the game again, this time at two.
Ryan scored her first goal in the last minute of the first half to temporarily give the Spartans a lead when she backhanded a loose ball in a scrum following a corner. Her second goal broke the tie and turned out to be the game winner. After a turnover at midfield forced by Ellie Gevry, she evaded one defender before drawing a foul. On the ensuing restart, she beat one more defender and bounced a shot just inside the right post from 13 yards out.
Just over two minutes later, Gabriella Hunt sent in a long shot rebounded out of bounds by Chappell. On the restart, Allison Lowell smacked a centering pass to Cydney Jeffrey, who deflected it in for her team-leading fourth goal of the season.
Tashia Pashby-Rockwood earned her third win in goal for the Spartans with five saves. Chappell made 15 saves for the Bears. Castleton outshot Bridgewater State 36-12 and had a 16-5 advantage in penalty corners.
Castleton will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Colby-Sawyer for a non-conference matchup.