CASTLETON, VT – The Thomas women's lacrosse team were defeated by the Castleton State Spartans 16-3 in the North Atlantic Conference Championship game this afternoon at Spartan Stadium. The Terriers finish as the conference runner-up for the third consecutive season.
Brandi Whittemore put Castleton in front just 1:08 into the contest, scoring right in front off a feed from Lesure. Grace Johnson extended the lead to 2-0 at 21:39 and 1:39 later DaCosta netted a goal from Brianna MacKay to make it a three-goal game. MacKay scored with 17:24 left and Jennifer Day got Thomas on the board with 16:09 remaining to cut it to 4-1.
Just 20 seconds later Whittemore extended the lead to four goals. Auer added a pair of goals in a 25 second span and MacKay scored with 10:01 left to make it 8-1. Castleton outscored Thomas 2-1 over the final ten minutes for a 10-2 lead at the break.
Auer and Johnson scored in the opening four minutes of the half for the 10-goal lead. Lesure, Hannah Braman and Nadine Downing extended the Spartan advantage to 15-2 before Toral Nelson ended the run at 8:53. Whittmore ended the scoring with 2:30 left for the final margin.
Defensively, Emily Maher had four ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers. Junior Rachel Bombardier was impressive in net with eight saves to earn the victory.
Castleton earned their 15th consecutive victory and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year. The Spartans outshot Thomas 40-16 in the contest and picked up 17 of the game's 21 draw controls.
Five different players recorded at least three points for Castleton, led by Mariah Lesure with two goals, four assists and four draw controls.
Allie McCarthy took the loss for the Terriers but was solid with 18 saves in goal.
Day had a hand in all three goals, with two scores and one assist while causing two turnovers. The two goals put her at 51 for the season, which was good for second in the conference. Day also finishes her Thomas career with a school-record 175 goals and 238 total points.
The Terriers wrap up their 2015 season as the conference runner-up and with an overall record of 8-5. It was the third straight NAC Championship game appearance for the program. Day, McCarthy and Brittany Premo were all selected to the NAC All-Tournament Team.