CASTLETON, VT- #1 Castleton defeated the second-seeded Thomas, 21-12, in the 2013 NAC Women's Lacrosse Championship on Sunday afternoon.
Clark put the Spartans on the board 1:45 into the contest, but Brittany Premo scored at 25:13 to tie it 1-1. Flodstrom responded at 21:44 and Jessica Taplin gave the Spartans a 3-1 advantage off a pass from Flodstrom a minute and half later.
The Terriers drew even with consecutive goals before Flodstrom made it 4-3 with 17:53 left. However, Thomas continued its run with three straight goals, the final coming from Premo, to jump in front 6-4 with 16:51 remaining in the first half.
Three straight goals by the Spartans over the next three minutes brought them back in front for good. Erin Nelligan scored with 7:02 left to tie it and Castleton scored two of the final three goals to take a 9-8 lead at the break.
Mariah Lesure pushed the team's lead to 10-8 just 35 seconds into the half, jumpstarting an 11-0 run by the Spartans to put the game out of reach. They scored six times in the next eight minutes and pushed it as high as 20-8 on a goal by Maddy DaCosta off a pass from Cori Healy with 12:03 remaining.
Thomas scored three times in the last seven minutes and Blake Wardwell added a tally with 1:23 left to finish with the 21-12 victory.
Sophomore Kelsey McDonald played the full 60 minutes and made six saves while her counterpart Brittany Fox recorded 11 saves.
Brittany Premo led the Terrier attack with four goals while Jennifer Day and Ceara DiBiase each recorded a hat trick. All three were named to the NAC All-Tournament Team. Thomas concludes its best season in program history with an 11-5 record.
For Castleton, Auer, Flodstrom and Healy were selected to the All-Tournament Team while Whittemore received MVP honors. The Spartans improve to 9-7 with the victory.
The defeat signals the end to the collegiate careers of DiBiase and Jasmine Ryan, who were a part of the only teams in program history to make it to the NAC Championship, in 2011 and 2013, and were an instrumental part of the program for four years.
MVP - Brandi Whittemore – Castleton
Kate Auer – Castleton
Amanda Flodstrom – Castleton
Cori Healy – Castleton
Jennifer Day – Thomas
Ceara DiBiase – Thomas
Brittany Premo – Thomas
Morgan Abbott – New England College
Rebecca Harvey – New England College
Emily Child – Husson
Amanda Mora - Husson