Women’s lax unable to keep pace with fast-starting Castleton State

CASTLETON, Vt. -- The University of Maine at Farmington women's lacrosse team allowed four goals in the first five minutes and dropped its North Atlantic Conference opener at Castleton State College, 19-5, Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.

Brianna MacKay and Amanda Flodstrom each finished with five goals for the victors, while Kim Gosselin notched three goals and a pair of assists for Castleton State (2-4, 1-0 NAC). MacKay recorded a career-high seven points on the day, notching a pair of assists to go with her five goals. 

Freshman midfielder Jaclyn Langevin and sophomore middie Ayla Allen each notched two goals for the Beavers (2-2, 0-1 NAC), while sophomore midfielder Mara Balboni was credited with a single goal

The Spartans opened the game on a 5-0 run, jumping out to an early lead behind the play of Gosselin. After an Amanda Flodstrom goal put the Spartans on the board, Gosselin factored into the team's next three goals. The freshman found Brianna MacKay to put the Spartans ahead 2-0, and then scored consecutive goals to put the home team ahead 4-0 at the 25:35 mark. MacKay added a second goal to make it 5-0 three minutes later.

UMaine-Farmington finally broke through the Spartans' full-field pressure and converted on a fast-break score. Langevin received a pass on a clear, beat a Spartan defender and sprinted into the Castleton defensive zone. Langevin sprinted in and fired a shot that skipped past Spartan goalie Rachel Bombardier for the goal, making it 5-1. 

Castleton finished the half on another 4-0 run, taking a 9-1 lead into the halftime break. Shelby Smyth and MacKay each scored, and then in the final two minutes Gosselin registered another two points to finish the half, finding Taryn Smith for a goal and scoring her third of the game before the break.

In the second half, Farmington came out on a mission, beginning the half on a 3-0 run to cut the Castleton lead to 9-4 within the first 3:05 of the half. Langevin tallied her second followed by a pair of goals from Allen to give the Beavers life early in the frame.

Castleton scored a pair of goals to bump the lead back up to 11-4 before Balboni scored for UMaine-Farmington with 17:14 remaining to make it 11-5. After a Castleton timeout, the Spartans came out ready to defend. For the remaining 17 minutes, the Spartans did not allow a goal, thwarting the Beavers offense several times over the remainder of the game.

The Spartans notched eight unanswered goals over the final 17 minutes of play to finish with a 19-5 victory.

For UMaine-Farmington, Rhi Jackson earned four ground balls to lead the Beavers. Ayla Allen finished with a team-high five draw controls with a pair of ground balls as well. Seven different Beavers recorded a caused turnover.

Senior Hannah Goodenow played all 60 minutes in the Beaver goal, recording 11 saves in the loss for UMaine-Farmington.

Two Castleton goalies split the time in net, with Bombardier getting the win after making two saves over 30 minutes in the first half. Meghan Els finished out the second half for the Spartans, charting two saves.

UMaine-Farmington returns to action on Monday, March 31, when it travels to Scarborough, Maine, to face Saint Joseph College at 8:00 p.m. at Scarborough High School.