CASTLETON, Vt. – The Spartans used a balanced scoring attack to open their conference season with a 7-0 victory over Lyndon at Spartan Stadium.
Castleton outshot the visiting Hornets 34-4 and extended its regular season conference unbeaten streak to 26 games, dating back to the 2008 regular season. The Spartans have outscored conference opponents 113-2 during the streak, and are 25-0-1.
Kelsey Garceau finished with a goal and an assist to lead the Spartans, who had 11 players register a point in the contest.
Castleton's offense struggled to connect in the first half, scoring one goal despite firing 19 shots. Jessica Phillips recorded the lone goal on a rocket from the top of the 18 off a pass from Sarah Ethier that got past Dannika Dobrowski (Plainfield, Vt.).
The final 45 minutes was a different story as Garceau netted her third score of the season just 59 seconds into the half. Halie Roberge sent a cross into the box from the near sideline which got past Dobrowski, and the charging Garceau was there to tap it in.
The offensive barrage continued with a goal in the 52nd minute from Sami Ritter. Ritter received a cross from Mallory Costello and slotted past the keeper. Jenna Bostwick followed suit with a goal 1:28 later, off of a Garceau cross. The Spartans made it 5-0 on a Lyndon State own goal. Jillian Fifield's shot was redirected off of a Hornet defender and skirted past the keeper to extend the Spartan lead.
The Spartans added late tallies from Hannah Corkum and Kim French to finish the game with a 7-0 margin. The Spartans netted six second half goals, increasing their season total to 20, while holding opponents to only five.
Goalkeeper Kaleigh Newton earned her second win and first shutout of the season, making two saves on the only Lyndon State shots on net. Newton improves to 2-0-1 in goal.