March 2, 2010

Castleton Women Eyeing Further Success

from press release

- Coming off of a successful 2009 campaign and with 12 games scheduled at the new Spartan Stadium, the Castleton State College women's lacrosse team is excited to start the 2010 season.

Last season, the Spartans earned many honors in both conferences and throughout the NCAA. Castleton ranked 6th overall in Division III for scoring last spring averaging 17.1 goals scored per game. And aside from the high scoring games, the Spartans led the country in Division III for draw controls averaging 17.1 per game.

Despite losing five impact seniors from last season's squad that made it to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) championship game and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship game, Castleton will return several NAC and New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA) All-Conference players for 2010.

Nicole Adams (Rutland, VT), last season's leading point-getter with 53 goals and 42 assists (95 points), returns to the club as a graduate student. Adams earned First-Team All-Conference honors and the NEWLA Academic Scholar-Athlete of the Year award last spring.

In addition to Adams, seniors Aimee Goulette (Baldwinsville, NY), Stephanie Pearce (Shoreham, NY), Kristen Rochler (Shoreham, NY) and Kayla Twigge (Almonte, Ontario) are all returning to complete their final season, serving as leaders both on and off the field.

Rochler, a steady defender for the Spartans, earned NAC First-Team All-Conference honors last season starting in 18 games, scoring seven goals and collecting 28 groundballs. Pearce also received NAC All-Conference honors serving as an integral part of Castleton's offense. In 2009, Pearce was second on the team in goals with 59 and dished out 26 assists finishing third overall in points with 85.

Goulette will be looked upon this season as one of the cornerstone players for the Spartans. Last spring, Goulette contributed 12 goals and three assists. Twigge, a defensive threat for Castleton, collected 18 groundballs last season.

Along with the senior leadership, the coaching staff is looking forward to the skill and talent of the underclassmen. 2009 NAC and NEWLA Player of the Year, Marie VanDerKar (Manchester, VT) will be returning for her third season as a fundamental part of both the attacking and defensive side of the field. VanDerKar led Castleton offensively scoring 77 goals last season finishing second on the team in points with 92.

Joining VanDerKar are returning starters Liz Haggerty (Centerport, NY) Angelica Mazzola (Centerport, NY) and Stephanie Paprski (Newton, CT). Other returning team members include Denise Cardell (North Babylon, NY), Becki Duszak (Cazenovia, NY) and Jen Macari (Central Islip, NY) who will look to contribute as well. Also, the Spartans are excited to welcome seven new players to the roster who will be impact players.

The Spartans kickoff their 2010 schedule on March 6, on the road, against Western Connecticut State College at 12:00 p.m. Castleton will play its first of 12 home contests on March 13 at 12:00 p.m. against Thomas College. A rematch of the last two NEWLA Tournament Finals against Bridgewater State is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on April 3 in

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