The Castleton State College Spartans and Middlebury Panthers hooked up for two last Saturday in Castleton.
In the opener the Spartans squeaked out a 1-0 win behind the arm of pitcher Hilary Bemis, who turned in an impressive outing. Bemis got the complete game shutout to up her personal record to 8-8 on the year. Sarah Flore singled home Megan Blongy in the fifth inning for the games only run. Ali McAnaney took the loss for the panthers, dropping her to 7-4 on the year despite a strong outing.
In the second game Middlebury's Megan Martel broke a 6-6 tie by driving in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth, giving her Panthers a big 7-6 win. Emma Katz went the distance for the Panthers in her first career start to pick up the win. After the split the Panthers stood at 17-10, while Castleton Crusaders were 15-18
Raiders Nip Hornets 3-2
Kate Kurchena and Marisa Kiefaber scored three goals apiece to lead the Rutland Raiders to a 10-9 win over the Essex Hornets in high school lacrosse action last Friday in Essex. Kurchena's third goal broke a 9-9 tie with 8:39 left to play. From their Rutlands deadly defense, led by Dana Nelson and Mary Kate Cirelli, held Essex back the rest of the way to secure the one goal win for the visiting Raiders. Sara Lovett added a goal and an assist, while Ali Dorion, Gracie Wright and Melissa Gfeller contributed single goals to the winning effort. In the netColeen Hunt made eight saves, before giving way to Kristie Ryan, who added another pair for the 4-1-1 Rutland squad. Jamie Panton led four goals for the Hornets.
Colonels Sweep Raiders
Both the Rutland Raiders baseball and softball teams traveled to Brattleboro last week to take on the Colonels, and both came back home without a win.