DANBURY, CT – Junior Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT) tallied a game-high six goals, while senior midfielder Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, CT) chipped in with a hat trick and one assist as the Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse squad upended visiting Little East Conference foe Castleton University, 14-10, on Thursday afternoon at the Westside Athletic Complex. With the win, the Colonials improved to 9-3 overall and 2-1 in league play, while the Spartans dropped to 5-7 and 1-2.
The hosts outshot the visitors, 32-19, while also finishing ahead in ground balls, 27-23. The Colonials capitalized on their free-position chances, connecting on 5-of-7 opportunities.
WestConn sophomore goalie Jennifer Sawicki (Westbury, NY) upped her record to 8-3 and finished with four saves, while Castleton senior netminder Samantha Hebb (Ashland, MA) fell to 5-6 en route to a 12-save performance.
The Colonials would lead the entire way. They began the contest with a 3-0 spurt, all courtesy of Baldelli. The advantage ballooned to 8-2 midway through the first half when senior middie Samantha Lawlor (Brookfield, CT) buried her 18th goal of the season off a feed from Bradshaw. Lawlor would finish with a pair of goals and one assist.
The Spartans came to life with a 6-1 run that carried through the break. Senior Erin McKenna (York, ME) wrapped up the flurry with her 22nd goal of the year, cutting the deficit to 9-8.
However, that was as close as the visitors would get. WestConn answered when sophomore attacker Caroline Galligan (Marshfield, MA) – who contributed pair of goals and two assists – charged toward the cage and fired home a shot, giving the hosts a 10-8 lead. They would cruise the rest of the way.
Junior Emma Best (Salisbury, VT) paced the Spartans with four goals, while classmate Erin Shuttle (Georgia, VT) added a hat trick. Senior Megan Wood (Waterford, VT) also dished out four assists.
The Colonials return to action against visiting conference nemesis Rhode Island College for Senior Day on Saturday at 1 p.m.