Late surge lifts Spartans over Panthers; Carroll scores for PSU
CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton State College field hockey team scored three goals in the final four minutes of the game Sunday afternoon, breaking open a tied contest and ending Plymouth State University's four-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory at Spartan Stadium.
Senior Mercedes Maltbie (Warrensburg, N.Y.) netted the eventual game-winner with just 3:47 remaining, giving Castleton a 2-1 advantage. Two more goals in the final two minutes provided the 4-1 final. PSU is now 4-2 and Castleton 3-1.
The Spartans out-shot Plymouth State 29-17 in the contest and produced five more penalty corners as well (15-10). Junior Rachel Preusser (Craryville, N.Y.) finished with a goal and two assists for the offense while senior Kealy Chipman (Bellows Falls, Vt.) had a goal and one assist.
Junior Lauren Carroll (Rollinsford, N.H.) accounted for the lone PSU goal, tying the game at 1-1 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the second half.
Castleton struck at the 13-minute mark of the first half to take a 1-0 lead. Chipman received the ball on the wing after a scramble in the crease and was able to slide the ball across the face of the goal to Blake Wardwell (Bridgewater, Vt.). Wardwell fired a one-time shot into the back of the net, beating PSU goalkeeper Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.).
The score remained 1-0 until the 61st minute, when Carroll netted the equalizer for PSU. The junior collected the ball amidst traffic right in front of the net and got a shot behind Spartan goalie Jessica Galatioto (Queensbury, N.Y.).
Preusser and Maltbie connected on a penalty corner for Castleton two minutes later, as the senior received Preusser's pass at the top of the penalty circle and ripped a shot into the back of the cage. Just over two minutes later, sophomore Kristy Pinkham (Brandon, Vt.) found Preusser with a nice cross to the far side of the net that she tapped in for her fifth goal of the season. Chipman concluded the scoring with five seconds remaining off a pass from Preusser.
Galatioto was impressive in net once again, stopping ten of the 11 shots which were on net, while Lemelin recorded 13 saves for Plymouth State.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday when they travel to face New England College at 4 p.m. in their conference opener. PSU visits Westfield State on Saturday in a Little East Conference tilt.
(Courtesy of Castleton Sports Information)
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