WATERVILLE, ME - The Thomas women's lacrosse team could not close within three goals in the second half and were defeated 16-6 by the Castleton State Spartans in their home opener on a cold afternoon from Smith Field.
The Spartans (4-2, 2-0 NAC) got off to a good start, scoring three goals in the first three minutes of play, two of them by Kate Auer. Thomas (3-1, 2-1 NAC) got on the board at the 18:41 minute mark when Joanna Murch took a pass from Jennifer Day and buried it past Spartan keeper Meghan Els to bring the score to 3-1.
Castleton again went on a scoring run to answer, netting four straight with two each by Brandi Whittemore and Maddy DaCosta to extend the lead to 7-1.
But Thomas closed out the half strong. Erin Nelligan scored on an assist from Day, then Day ended the half with a goal of her own to close the gap to 7-3 at the break.
The Terriers came out in the second half with some urgency, as Day scored less than three minutes in. Day would add another on the advantage after a Spartan goal to bring Thomas to within three goals at 8-5.
Castleton would take control from there as the Spartans closed out the game on an 8-1 scoring run.
Day led Thomas on the afternoon with three goals and three assists, while Nelligan added two goals and Murch one. Goalkeeper Allie McCarthy recorded 14 saves.
Whittemore had four and four assists to lead the Spartans and Els had seven saves in net.
Thomas will return to the field on Tuesday, March 31 when they travel to take on the Johnson State Badgers at 12:00 PM.