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Castleton State College junior Kealy Chipman chases down an opponent during a recent Spartan win over New England College.
The Castleton State College field hockey squad recently put on an offensive clinic, exploding for nine goals in a decisive, 9-3 victory over Union College at Spartan Stadium.
Junior Kealy Chipman, a Bellows Falls Union High School graduate, led the way for the Lady Spartans, notching her first career hat trick and adding an assist, while three of her teammates also registered four points each in the win. The win also improved Castleton's record to 5-5 on the season.
The Lady Spartans jumped out early, getting a goal from Mercedes Malbie less than two minutes into the game, before Rachel Preusser made it 2-0 less than four minutes later on a shot from point-blank range.
After Union College made it 2-1 at the 23-minute mark off a penalty corner, Chipman scored her first goal less than a minute later, to give the Spartans a 3-1 lead. But the Dutchemen came right back with another goal to make it 3-2, in what looked like a tight match up.
However, it would be all Castleton from there. After Cori Healy scored the next two for the Spartans, Chipman made it 6-2 with her second goal on a nice feed from Preusser. A few minutes later, Chipman would notch the hat trick after slamming home a shot off a rebound, right in front of the net. Sophomore Blake Wardell would score the final tally, as the Lady Spartans completed the decisive win in front of the home crowd.
Chipman finished with three goals and an assist, while Preusser and Healy would each finish with two goals and an assist. The freshman Blake also had a good showing with a goal and two assists. The Spartan goalie, senior Bridget Dusha, finished with six saves to get the win.
The Lady Spartans followed that impressive win up by travelling to Newton, Ma. and beating Lasell College, 5-2, which extended their winning streak (at press time) to four and improved their record in the NEC to 3-0. Chipman scored her eighth goal of the season in the victory, while NAC Player of the Week Rachel Preusser notched two goals and two assists in the win.