SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- The Castleton University field hockey team hit the road this afternoon to take on Skidmore College. The Spartans (2-3, 1-0 LEC) fought hard but the Thoroughbreds (2-3, 0-0 Liberty League) netted a late game winner to take home the 3-2 victory.
Both teams' defenses held tough in the first quarter as neither team was able to find the back of the net. Starting goaltender Tashia Pashby-Rockwood recorded two saves in the quarter to keep the Thoroughbreds off the board. Pashby-Rockwood would finish the game with five saves.
The Thoroughbreds began the scoring five minutes into the second quarter. Carrie Hughes scored her first of the season as she connected on a pass from Hannah Curtis. The Spartans would answer quickly with goal by Raven Payne around seven minutes later.
Payne, who came off the bench to tally her first goal of the season, slotted the ball into the back of the net after Allison Lowell sent the pass into the striking circle. Lowell, who collected two assists yesterday against Bridgewater State, currently leads the team in assists with three.
Back and forth action would occur in the third quarter as the Thoroughbreds pulled ahead nine minutes into the quarter. A shot from Sarah Winters deflected off of Madison Langey and rolled past Pashby-Rockwood to give the Thoroughbreds a 2-1 lead.
The Spartans once again would answer. Kaitlin Bardellini would notch her third goal of the season to tie the game up at two as she slotted the ball past goaltender Jess Gaetgens.
The Spartans would surrender a late goal as the Thoroughbreds would take the lead for good in the fourth quarter. Gabrielle Vaccaro took advantage of a scrum in front of net and connected on a pass from Carrie Hughes with just over three minutes left in the game.
Field hockey will return to action on Saturday, September 21 as it will travel to Framingham, Massachusetts to take on Framingham State in a Little East Conference matchup starting at 4 p.m.