CASTLETON, Vt. -- The Castleton University field hockey team took the field Wednesday evening as it took on Plymouth State in a Little East Conference (LEC) contest. The Spartans remained perfect at home as they used goals from Loretta Blakeney, Gabriella Hunt, and Allison Lowell to defeat the Panthers 3-1.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Spartans (7-4, 5-1 LEC) jumped ahead of the Panthers (5-6, 3-4 LEC) at the 27:06 mark of the second quarter. Blakeney scored her ninth goal of the season as she easily found the back of the net through the Panthers' defense.
After Blakeney put the Spartans ahead, the team was held scoreless throughout the rest of the second quarter. The Spartans however, held an 8-4 shot advantage going into halftime.
The Panthers would come out strong after halftime and bombarded the Spartans with shots but goaltender Tashia Pashby-Rockwood kept the Panthers off the board. Pashby-Rockwood recorded a game high six saves for the Spartans to earn the win.
The Spartans would double their lead at the 50:38 mark of the fourth quarter as Hunt connected on a pass from Lowell inside the striking circle to tally her 10th of the season.
The Panthers would quickly respond just under a minute later as Kate McPherson found the back of the net after the ball ricocheted off of the post.
After Leah Mayes received a yellow card at the 54:22 mark of the fourth quarter for the Panthers, the Spartans took advantage. The Spartans would put the game away as Lowell scored her fifth goal of the season late in the quarter to give the Spartans a 3-1 lead. After tallying a goal and an assist in the game, Lowell now has 16 points on the season, which is only six short of her career high.
Field hockey will return to action on Saturday, October 12 as it takes on Western Connecticut State at Dave Wolk Stadium in a Little East Conference matchup starting at 4 p.m.