Castleton wins third-straight, downs Fitchburg State

FITCHBURG, Mass. – Amanda Flodstrom (Stratham, N.H.) tallied a game-high six points to lead Castleton State College to a 14-10 win over Fitchburg State University in New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA) action Wednesday evening.

Senior Marie Van Der Kar (Manchester, Vt.) added four scores and one helper for five points on the night. Junior Angelica Mazzola (Centerport, N.Y.) and freshman Sarah Clark (Guilford, Vt.) added two goals apiece.

For the Falcons, Amanda Burns (Weymouth, Mass.) and sophomore Samantha Bonasera (Chelsea, Vt.) led the Fitchburg State offense, totaling four points apiece with six combined goals and two assists, while junior Kelly Finamore (Weymouth, Mass.) chipped in with a pair of scores.

Castleton opened the contest with an early 4-0 lead using scores from Clark, Van Der Kar (2) and Flodstrom, but Fitchburg State rallied back quickly as Burns deposited back-to-back markers following a Falcon timeout. Both teams traded scores over the next three minutes of play, but the Spartans extended their lead to four (7-3) as Flodstrom and Mazzola hit home over a 0:36 span. Bonasera broke up the Castleton rally with her 17th marker of the season at the 3:01 mark, but the Spartans closed the period strong, registering a pair of scores for a 9-4 advantage.

In the second half, Castleton opened up a 14-7 advantage paced by scores from Van Der Kar (2), Flodstrom (2) and Liz Haggerty (Centerport N.Y.), but Fitchburg State answered with three consecutive scores to close the contest. Junior Jill Shaner (Arlington, Mass.) and Finamore started the Falcons surge with goals just three minutes apart, while Bonasera capped the Fitchburg State scoring with just 0:08 left in regulation.

Spartan goaltender Ashly Neal (York Beach, Maine) turned away 12 shots to earn her third victory of the season. Senior Becki Duszak (Erieville, N.Y.) came on to spell Neal in the last nine minutes of the contest, posting one save in her efforts, while freshman goaltender Dylana Drolette (Burlington, Vt.) totaled four stops for the Falcons.

Fitchburg State (10-2, 3-2 NEWLA) will be back in action on Saturday as it hosts Worcester State at 11 a.m. Castleton (8-3, 3-1 NEWLA) will visit Becker College on Saturday at 1 p.m.