DARTMOUTH, Mass. – A balanced scoring effort featuring five different Spartan goal scorers lifted Castleton University over the Corsairs, 7-0, for the visitors’ sixth straight triumph. The Spartans were led by junior Olivia Trevisani (Colchester, Vt.) and sophomore Loretta Blakeney (Barnard, Vt.) who each registered a pair of scores, while junior Cydney Jeffrey (Manchester, Vt.) logged three assists.
UMass Dartmouth slips to 1-8 on the season and 1-4 within the conference, while Castleton edited their record to 7-2 overall and a perfect 5-0 in the league.
How It Happened
Despite the Blue and Gold having a strong grasp of possession in the opening ten minutes of play, Spartan senior Sarah Wells (Bellows Falls, Vt.) fed Trevisani who placed her shot just inches out of the reach of Corsair goalie Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.) to notch her first marker of the afternoon.
Castleton quickly doubled up by taking advantage of one of their seven penalty corner opportunities, as Jeffrey zipped a pass from the baseline over to sophomore Gabrielle Ryan (Bristol, Vt.) before queuing up a perfect ball for sophomore Allison Lowell (Brandon, Vt.) to bury. Blakeney got in on the scoring action with a pair in the second stanza, pushing her goal total to four on the year.
UMass Dartmouth showed much stronger signs of aggression on the offensive end down the final stretch of the showdown as the squad attempted eight shots, but junior goalie Tashia Pashby-Rockwood (Williston, Vt.) kept her composure between the posts to maintain the shutout.
Inside The Numbers
Castleton outshot the hosts by a margin of 27-10.
Today’s affair marked the first Little East Conference (LEC) clash between the Spartans and Corsairs.
UMass Dartmouth looks to rebound on Monday when they head to Johnson & Wales (RI) for a 7 p.m. non-conference battle. The Spartans will rest up until Wednesday, Oct. 3, continuing their LEC circuit with a 6 p.m. tilt by hosting Framingham State.
(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)