CASTLETON, Vermont – Three different players scored and the University of Southern Maine Huskies earned a key 3-1 win over the Castleton University Spartans in a Little East Conference field hockey game Saturday afternoon at Dave Wolk Stadium.
Earning its third consecutive win, Southern Maine is now 9-7 overall and 7-3 in the Little East Conference. Leading the conference at 10-0 prior to the game,the loss is the first for the Spartans in Little East Conference action. Castleton State is 12-3 overall, and 10-1. The Huskies snapped the Spartans' 11-game win streak with the victory.
The Huskies scored all three of their goals in the first half. Junior Abigail Staples (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) scored midway through the first half to put the Huskies on the board 1-0 on an assist from junior Dorina Sirois (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) in the 18th minute. Husky freshman Samantha Ellis (New Vineyard, Maine/Mt. Blue) scored the eventual game winner, tallying her ninth goal of the season in the 23rd minute. Junior Maggie Redman (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) made it 3-0 as time wound down in the first half, diving to get her stick on the ball for her third goal of the season in the 34th minute. Castleton broke up the shutout bid in the 58th minute on a goal from Cydney Jeffrey, but the Spartans could not find two more goals in the final 12 minutes of action for the 3-1 final.
The Huskies had an 11-9 lead in shots, including a 10-3 advantage in the first half. Both teams were even with six penalty corners a piece. Freshman Lindsay Pych (Morristown, N.J./Morristown-Beard) improved to 7-5 on the season making one save in the first 35 minutes. She was replaced by sophomore McKenzie Cormier (Hiram, Maine/Sacopee Valley) for the second half. Cormier mad two saves and allowed a goal. Castleton's Tashia Pashby-Rockwood) took the loss making five saves.
Southern Maine remains on the road and travels to Husson University on Monday (6:00 p.m.) for a non-conference game.
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