Wardwell scores game-winner in overtime snapping Cadets five-game winning streak

CASTLETON, Vt. – Freshman midfielder Blake Wardwell (Bridgewater, Vt.) scored the eventual game-winning goal at 1:47 in overtime to propel Castleton past Norwich, 14-13, in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Spartan Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Spartans improve to 6-3 overall on the season. The Cadets fall to 5-2 on the season.

Senior midfielder Marie Van Der Kar (Manchester, Vt.) led Castleton in scoring with four goals while Amanda Flodstrom (Stratham, N.H.), Wardwell and Angelica Mazzola (Centerport, N.Y.) added two goals apiece. Stephanie Paproski (Newtown, Conn.) and Sarah Clark (Guilford, Vt.) chipped in with a marker each.

For Norwich, junior Kacey Abbriano (Hicksville, N.Y.) led the Cadets with four goals. Courtney Saheim (Bennington, Vt.), Grace Fitzpatrick (Falmouth, Maine), Danielle Del Dotto (Andover, Mass.) and Lindsey Mathias (Worcester, Mass.) scored two goals apiece while Susanne Whitaker (Chelmsford, Mass.) added one goal.

Trailing 8-4 at halftime, Norwich outscored Castleton 9-5 in the second half to force the overtime session behind a hat trick from Abbriano in the stanza.

Castleton took a 13-10 lead at 11:04 in the second half as Paproski slipped a shot underneath Cadets' goaltender Kellie Pickel (Montpelier, Vt.) for her 14th of the season.

Del Dotto responded for Norwich only 38 seconds later with her 10th goal of the season beating freshman goaltender Ashly Neal (York Beach, Maine) into the lower right corner of the net to make it 13-11. Late in the half, Abbriano ripped a shot past Neal at 5:46 to cut into the deficit at 13-12. The Cadets tied the score at 2:17 as Saheim dished a pass to a wide-open Fitzpatrick right in front of the net and the freshman attacker/midfielder finished for her 21st goal of the season to force overtime.

In overtime after Norwich won the draw control, Van Der Kar dislodged the ball from Fitzpatrick's stick and scooped up the groundball eventually setting up Castleton's game winner. Flodstrom facilitated the offense at the top of the attacking zone finding Wardwell open near the left post and the freshman delivered with her fifth goal of the season.

The Spartans defense did not allow any shots for the rest of the contest and forced Norwich into three turnovers for the remainder of play.

Neal, making her first collegiate start, earned the win making eight saves. Pickel stopped 11 shots.

Castleton outshot Norwich 35-29 in the contest, won the groundballs match up 23-16 and won the draw controls match up 19-12.

The Spartans return to action on Saturday, April 16 at home in New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA) action against Westfield State University at 7 pm.