Castleton State Edges Southern Maine 10-8

Senior Rosie Forster had two goals, five ground balls and caused four turnovers in the Huskies' 10-8 loss at Castleton State on Sunday.
Senior Rosie Forster had two goals, five ground balls and caused four turnovers in the Huskies' 10-8 loss at Castleton State on Sunday.

Castleton State Edges Southern Maine 10-8

            CASTLETON, Vt. -- The Castleton State College Spartans scored three goals within a span of 1:28 in the latter stages of the second half to erase a one-goal deficit and defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 10-8, in a non-conference women's lacrosse game Sunday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.

            The win was the first of the season for the Spartans (1-3) after three straight losses to open the season.  The Huskies slipped to 1-3.

            Junior Kate Auer (South Glen Falls, N.Y.) led the Spartans with four goals.  Sophomore Brianna MacKay (Randolph, Vt.) added three markers, and senior Amanda Flodstrom (Stratham, N.H.) chipped in two goals.  Sophomore goalie Rachel Bombardier (Pittsford, Vt./St. Paul's School), making her debut in the Spartan goal, made 18 saves to earn the win.

            Seniors Jacki Kelley (Brunswick, Maine) and Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) led the Huskies offense with two goals.  Sophomore Abby Grimmer (Georgia, Vt./Bellows Free Academy) had two assists.  Senior Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) stopped four shots.  Kelly had a strong all-around game for the Huskies scooping up a game-high six ground balls and collecting four draw controls and caused four Spartan turnovers.

            Down 6-4 at halftime, the Huskies scored the first three goals of the second half to take a 7-6 lead with 20:56 to play.  Forster scored the first two goals to get the Huskies even, and Kelly netted her second goal of the game to give the Huskies a 7-6 advantage.

            After nearly 12 minutes of scoreless action, the Spartans scored the equalizer when MacKay beat Vogel with 9:15 to go.  Thirty-five seconds later, Auer gave the Spartans the lead for good with her third goal.  Flodstrom converted a free-position attempt with 7:47 to play making it 9-7.

            The Huskies pulled within one when sophomore Sarah Pelligrinelli (Southington, Conn.) converted a feed from classmate Anh Nguyen (South Portland, Maine) with 3:56 to play.

            The Spartans gained control of the ball and effectively killed much of the remaining time before turning the ball over.  The Huskies gained possession, but Auer picked off an errant pass and deposited the ball into the net with six ticks remaining to clinch the win.

            In the opening half, the teams were tied at 2-2 with 13 minutes to go before halftime.  Auer and MacKay each scored twice to offset single markers from Kelly and senior Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) to give the home side a two-goal edge (6-4) at the break.

            Southern Maine is scheduled to host Husson University for its next game on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.).  Castleton will be at home on Thursday (4:00 p.m.) hosting Plymouth State University.