Castleton's hold on the 2013 North Atlantic Conference championship looked less than certain after 30 minutes, but the top-seeded Spartans controlled play in the second half to secure a 21-12 victory over Thomas and the program's second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Castleton held a slim 9-8 lead after a back-and-forth first half, but an adjustment in the team's draw control strategy paid huge dividends as the Spartans won 14 of 17 draw controls in the final 30 minutes. Castleton also held Thomas without a second-half shot until the 10:18 mark.
The Spartans finished the contest with a 44-20 shot advantage and picked up 24 draw controls compared to 12 for the Terriers. Castleton also went 5-for-10 on free position attempts and the Terriers scored on both of their attempts.
Junior Amanda Flodstrom was a force around the net, registering a career-high 11 points on five goals and six assists while also grabbing five draw controls and causing three turnovers. Sarah Clark added four goals and Tournament MVP Brandi Whittemore scored twice and finished with three caused turnovers, two draw controls and two ground balls from her midfield position.
Sophomore Kelsey McDonald played the full 60 minutes and made six saves while her counterpart Brittany Fox recorded 11 saves.
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.
Castleton returns to action on Thursday when they host Norwich in a senior game. The Spartans then learn their NCAA fate on Sunday, May 5.
Courtesy: Castleton Athletic Department
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