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The 2009-2010 season has ended with a quarter final loss. Laura scored the only goal of the game. The hockey season may be done but Laura moves on to begin training for the 2010 barefoot waterskiing season. Laura is sponsored by Barefoot International and by Footnfoundations. Look for Laura and her brother to compete in Germany this summer.

Follow Laura as her junior year continues with Castleton State College and the Spartans Women Hockey team
Laura was at the 2008-9 Worlds Barefoot Championship in New Zealand this past January 25-February 1, Skiing with the Elite US National Barefoot Team.

Laura Szwed

High School: During her four years at Ladywood High School in Michigan, Laura earned Michigan Miss Hockey, First team all -state twice, Second team all-state, honors to the All Catholic Team, and team MVP three out of her four years.

Personal: Laura is the daughter of Patty and Chris Szwed and is attending Castleton College. Currently featured in the October 2008 issue of The Waterskier Magazine.


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Castleton Athletes Feted

STAFF REPORT - Published: March 24, 2010

CASTLETON — Castleton State College winter sports athletes were honored at an awards ceremony Tuesday night.Women's Ice Hockey:

Laura Szwed. Szwed earns her first Most Valuable Player award in her second season at Castleton. Szwed ranked first on the team in goals with 10 and first in points with 16 to lead the Spartans to a berth in the ECAC East Tournament.

Norwich 5, Castleton 1: At Northfield, Julie Fortier and Amanda Wilks each scored one goal and set up two more as Norwich defeated Castleton in the ECAC East quarterfinals.

Laura Szwed converted assists from Nicole Ruman and Sterling Nelson for the Castleton goal. Amanda Hoy recorded 41 saves for the Spartans (5-20-1).

The seventh-seeded Spartans, who got a goal from Laura Szwed late in the second period, conclude their season with an overall record of 5-20-1.

Castleton got on the scoreboard late in the middle frame when Szwed netted her 10th of the season on a breakaway. Nicole Ruman and Sterling Nelson were credited with assists on the play as they helped spring Szwed in all alone on Fortin.

Castleton Slated to Take On Norwich in ECAC East Tourn.

(February 22, 2010) - Cape Cod, Mass. - Commissioner of the ECAC Rudy Keeling and theECAC East Women's Ice Hockey Women's East Executive Committee announced the 2010 ECAC Division III Women's East Ice Hockey League Playoff seeds today.

Defending ECAC Women's East Champions Norwich University earned the No. 2 seed after finishing third in the league with a 13-3-3 record (15-5-5 overall). The Cadets are led by sophomore Julie Fortier (Saint-Malachie, Quebec/Levis Lauzon) who has found the back of the net 17 times this year (10 assists, 27 points). The Cadets host No. 7 Castleton State College at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 27. The Spartans finished the year with a 5-13-1 league record (5-19-1 overall). Junior Laura Szwed (White Lake, Mich./Utica College) leads the team with 13 points (nine goals and four assists).

Women's Ice Hockey: Norwich To Host Castleton In ECAC East Tournament Quarterfinal
Feb 23, 2010

CAPE COD, MASS. - The 2010 ECAC East Women's Ice Hockey Tournament is set to begin on Saturday, Feb. 27, and the Norwich University Cadets are looking to defend their 2009 title. The Cadets, who enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed, will host seventh-seeded Castleton State College in a quarterfinal contest on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Castleton State (5-19-1, 5-13-1 ECAC East) beat Nichols College 4-3 in overtime on Monday afternoon to move into the seventh spot in the tournament.

The Spartans are led by their outstanding freshman goaltender Katharyn Dembowski, who has authored a 3.99 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. Dembowski stopped 60 shots against Norwich in the Cadets' 2-0 victory at Spartan Arena two weeks ago. Junior F Laura Szwed paces the CSC offense with a team-best nine goals and 15 points.

HARRISVILLE, R.I. (Feb. 22) – Castleton State College junior Laura Szwed scored her second goal of the game with 1:11 remaining in overtime to lift the Spartans to a 4-3 victory over Nichols College in the ECAC Women’s East regular season finale for both teams Monday afternoon. With the win, the Spartans improve to 5-19-1 overall and 5-13-1 in league play, leapfrogging over Nichols in the standings to claim the seventh seed in the conference tournament. The Bison finish as the eighth seed with a 4-17-3 overall record and a 3-14-2 ECAC ledger, and will make their first-ever postseason appearance.

Nichols will travel to face top-seeded and ninth-ranked Manhattanville for the quarterfinal round on Saturday, February 27th for a 3 p.m. game in Rye, N.Y. Castleton State will stay closer to home with a game at second-seeded Norwich on Saturday at a time yet to be determined.

After a scoreless opening period, Nichols got on the board just 28 seconds into the second frame on a Devin Leary (Dorchester, Mass.) power-play goal assisted by Mandy Manopla (West Palm Beach, Fla.). The Bison added another power-play tally late in the stanza as Haylie Carter (Forney, Texas) converted a pass from Ashley O’Donnell (No. Scituate, R.I.) in the slot for a two-goal lead at 16:57.

Szwed picked up her first goal of the game to open the third period just 1:35 in on the power play, cutting the Bison’s lead in half. Eileen Coyne found Szwed in the left circle where the junior fired a slapshot that snuck into the upper right corner of the net.

Manopla gave Nichols its two-goal lead back with an unassisted breakaway at 7:44 of the period after forcing a turnover in the neutral zone and bringing it in unopposed for a wrister that she placed high past the glove of Spartans’ netminder Amanda Hoy.

It was all Castleton after that, however, as less than a minute later Meagan Hulbert scored her third of the year while skating four-on four to spark the Spartans’ comeback. Kaitlin Hayes’s shot was blocked, but Jade Werger got the loose puck to Hulbert at the right faceoff dot for a slapshot that beat Nichols goaltender Christine Rigosi (Ridgewood, N.Y.) at 8:26.

With just 19 seconds remaining in regulation, the Spartans were on a power play and had pulled Hoy in favor of a six-on-four advantage. After a series of shots, Hulbert slipped the puck out to the left point for Hayes. She took her time and sent in a shot into a scrum of players where Maryanne Diehm tipped it just inside the post for knot the game.

Both teams had equal opportunities in the extra session, but it was a breakout pass from Christine Newton that found Szwed as she was crossing the blue line. Szwed skated past the Nichols defense on the right and curled in front of the net before lifting the puck past Rigosi at 3:39.

Hoy earned the win – her second of the season – with 35 saves. Rigosi shouldered the loss with 25 saves.

Nichols finished 2-for-6 on the power play; Castleton State was 2-for-5

Nichols Defeats Castleton 5-4
DUDLEY, Mass. (Feb. 20, 2010) – The Nichols College Women’s Hockey team came back to defeat the Castleton State Spartans 5-4 Saturday afternoon in an ECAC East matchup. The win bumps the Bison’s record up to 4-15-3 and 4-11-2 conference play. The loss puts the Spartans at 4-19-1 and 4-13-1 in conference play. Sophomore Hannah Tardif (Laconia, N.H) scored two goals in the victory while senior Candice Ellis (Gloucester, Mass.) recorded the game winning goal on senior day with 7:42 left in the third period.

Both teams came out fighting in the first period as they were very close in every statistical category. Castleton State had 11 shots to Nichols 10. Nichols had one more penalty than Castleton, while Nichols won two more face offs in the period. Nichols struck first with a goal 8:13 into the game by sophomore Hannah Tardif (Laconia, N.H.). Castleton answered back when senior Maryanne Diehm (Rockaway Beach, N.Y.) beat Nichols’ goaltender with 13 seconds left. The goal came with a man down for Castleton. The game went into the second period tied at one.

In the second period Nichols took the lead early on scoring with 16:32 remaining in the period. Hannah Tardif scored her second goal with assists coming from Mandy Manopla (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Haylie Carter (Forney, Tex.). Laura Szwed (White Lake, Mich.) tied the game up four minutes later and Sterling Nelson (Madison, Conn.) put the Spartans ahead with 9:43 remaining.

In the third Nichols came out with two quick goals from Tardif and junior Ashley O’Donnell (North Scituate, R.I.). Nichols had all the momentum after taking over 4-3, but Castleton tied it up with 13:46 remaining with a goal by Marisse Lorenz (Jericho, Verm.). With the score tied at four a piece Ellis scored the game-winning goal with 7:42 remaining.

Nichols put 49 shots on the goal while Castleton had 32. Each team had 10 penalties for 20 minutes and the Spartans held a 35-34 faceoff win advantage.

Nichols and Castleton play again on Monday at noon at Levy Rink.
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Women's hockey can't find identity
Mike DelDotto
Issue date: 2/3/10 Section: Sports

Katharyn Dembowski looks to cover the puck
Katharyn Dembowski looks to cover the puck

The Castleton Women's Hockey team is averaging just over one goal per game amidst a 3-15-1 season. The Spartans are currently in an eight-game skid with their most recent loss being a heart breaker coming at the hands of Salve Regina on January 30 in Rhode Island.

The 12-4-3 Seahawks opened up scoring late in the first period on a Samantha Zitzer rip from the faceoff circle. Salve added to their lead when Castleton's Jessica Herrera went to the penalty box for cross-checking 6:35 into the second period. Salve's Shannon Ellis scored a powerplay goal just eighteen seconds into the Herrera penalty to knock the Spartans down by two.

4:31 into the third period Castleton finally got on the board with Laura Szwed's team-leading, sixth goal of the season with assists from Jade Werger and Maryanne Diehm.

"Szwed's having a great season," said Castleton's Head Coach, Bethany Torrice, now in her second season with the team. "She's a smart player and really listens to feedback well and does what we ask on the ice."

Co-Captain, Amy Costa, tied the game for the Spartans mid-way through the contest when she took the feed from fellow co-captain Diehm and Hanna Martini. The two captains combined for three points against Salve.

"Diehm's been struggling a little bit but she has a lot of speed and tenacity on the ice," said Torrice. "Costa's always solid on face-offs."

The Seahawks took the lead once and for all with just 3.9 seconds remaining on Zitzer's second goal of the game. The Spartans were outshot 45-17 in the contest giving goalie, Katharyn Dembowski, "second star" honors with her 42 saves. Castleton visited the sin bin eight times during the game and managed to kill off seven penalties in their great effort.

The young Spartans squad has had many setbacks this season but Coach Torrice believes there are some positives to shed light on such as the eight freshmen playing on the 18 player roster. Torrice says that it's nice to see the young players contributing and making an impact on the team.

The Spartans have just a half-dozen games remaining in their regular season including the "Pink the Rink" night on February 10 against Norwich University at the Spartan Arena. The Spartans will dawn pink jerseys that will be auctioned off before the game with the proceeds going to breast cancer research and awareness.

Torrice says she hopes for the team to win more games than they lose for the rest of the season.

"It's going to take a lot of drive and commitment out of the girls," said Torrice. "But we need to keep a positive attitude.

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The Spartans trailed the Seahawks 2-0 entering the third period, but goals by juniors Laura Szwed (White Lake, Mich.) at 4:31 and Amy Costa (Bristol, R.I.) at 13:20 evened the score at two. With time winding down in the third, Small played the puck to Zitzer, who potted her fourth of the season to give Salve Regina the win and avoid its fourth overtime contest this month.The Seahawks outshot the Spartans 45-17 on the evening and converted on one of their eight chances with the extra attacker. Castleton was unable to capitalize on four PP chances.

BY Tom Haley STAFF WRITER - Published: January 11, 2010
Adrian 4, Castleton 1

Castleton electrified Spartan Arena by scoring first. The Spartans scored at 3:47 of the opening period when Eileen Coyne's backhander got over the glove of goaltender Dana Timm. Laura Szwed earned an assist and leads the Spartans with eight points.

Women's hockey ends on a high note
John Shramek
Issue date: 12/16/09 Section: Sports

Amanda Hoy makes a diving save in a game against St. Michael's College on Dec. 12 while Eileen Coyne looks on.
Media Credit: John Shramek
Amanda Hoy makes a diving save in a game against St. Michael's College on Dec. 12 while Eileen Coyne looks on.

Abbey Hewes came up big for the Spartans as they defeated St. Michael's College 5-3 in Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference play at Spartan Arena on Dec. 12.

Hewes found herself in all the right places at all the right times throughout the contest as she racked up two goals and two assists on the day.

Hewes wasn't the only Spartan who looked hungry for a win, though, as the entire team skated with a purpose, looking to stop a winless streak that started with a loss to New England College on Nov. 13.

Nicole Ruman set the tempo for the team early when she scored her first collegiate goal only 1:23 into the contest. Ten minutes later, Laura Szwed got a stick on a Hewes shot from the right side of the net and sent it slicing into the corner of the goal just out of the reach of the Purple Knights' goalie.

After the Purple Knights' Crystal Sarno scored her fifth goal of the season, a reinvigorated Castleton team fought back with three unanswered goals, two coming from Hewes, who had made a permanent residence in front of the Purple Knights' goal.

Castleton dominated the ice for the majority of the contest, but with time winding down in the third period and Castleton leading 5-1, St. Michael's showed a sudden burst of energy that caught the lady Spartans off guard.

The Purple Knights invaded the front of Castleton's goal, and Meghan Sweezey was the beneficiary of the chaos as she found the loose puck and tapped it in, cutting the score to 5-2.

St. Michaels then pulled its goalie for just over a minute, electing to sacrifice its own net for the sake of adding one more offensive skater to its attack. And the strategy worked as Desiree Biron knocked in her seventh goal of the season 19:02 into the final period.

Unfortunately for St. Michael's, Castleton stopped the bleeding after that and held on for the win, ending the 2009 portion of the schedule on a high note that may prove to be a confidence booster once the 2010 half of the season begins.

Amanda Hoy made 25 saves in the win for Castleton.

The Spartans will next be in action in the New Year when they hit the road to take on Manhattanville College on Jan 6.

Castleton 5, St. Michael's 3

RUTLAND – Freshman Abbey Hewes factored into four of five Castleton power-play goals in Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference East action on National Guard Appreciation Day at Spartan Arena in Rutland.

Hewes scored twice and added two assists to propel the Spartans to 3-7-1 overall (3-5-1 ECAC East).

Just 36 seconds into the contest, Saint Michael's (1-9-0 overall, 1-9-0 ECAC East) was assessed a penalty for tripping and Castleton took advantage.

Freshman Nicole Ruman slammed home her first collegiate goal at 1:21 off of a Hewes' rebound in the crease past Purple Knights' goalie Alysia Goldman for an early lead.

Laura Szwed pushed the Spartans ahead, 2-0, with her team-leading fifth goal of the season at 11:48. Camped out in front of the net, Szwed redirected a wrist shot from Hewes taken from just inside the right face-off circle over Goldman's glove.

Saint Michael's sliced the lead in half early in the second period thanks to Crystal Sarno. On the man-advantage, Desiree Biron zipped a pass to Sarno near the left post and Sarno finished for her fifth of the season at 2:51.

Castleton responded with three-consecutive power-play goals, including two from Hewes. At 6:56, Hewes stuffed home a point-blank rebound in the crease from Ruman for a 3-1 advantage. A few minutes later (9:17), Hewes blasted home another rebound at the doorstep, extending the gap to 4-1.

Meagan Hulbert added cushion room at 13:50 with her second goal of the season (second on the power-play).

Late in the third period, the Purple Knights cut into the deficit scoring twice to cut the deficit to 5-3.

Meghan Sweezey scored top shelf over Castleton goaltender Amanda Hoy after the puck came free from a scramble in front of the net at 16:53 on the power play, making it 5-2.

With their goaltender pulled, Biron banged home a slapshot at 19:02 from the high slot past Hoy.

Hoy made 25 saves, while Goldberg stopped 16 shots. Erin Stevens made five saves.

Castleton will return to action on Jan. 6 at Manhattanville.

December 4, 2009

Castleton skates to 2-2 tie with Nichols

Rutland, VT – The Castleton State College women’s ice hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie against Nichols College on Friday night at Spartan Arena in Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action.

Castleton’s record goes to 2-6-1 overall on the season and 2-4-1 in ECAC East play. Nichols moves to 1-5-1 overall and 1-4-1 in the ECAC East.

Deadlocked at 0-0 after the first period, Nichols cracked the scoreboard first on Mandy Manopla’s (West Palm Beach, FL) team-leading fourth goal of the season.

After dodging a defender in the left circle, teammate Emily Larosa (Weymouth, MA) fed a wide open Manopla in front of the net with an easy one-timer for a 1-0 advantage.

Castleton responded quickly in the third period tying the contest at the 5:32 mark.

Junior Laura Szwed (White Lake, MI) redirected a shot from teammate Nicole Ruman (Riverside, CA) over the glove of Nichols’ goaltender Christine Rigosi (Ridgewood, NY) tying the game at 1-1.

At 12:31, the Spartans jumped ahead to a 2-1 lead thanks to Amy Costa (Bristol, RI). Costa banged home a feed from Maryanne Diehm (Rockaway Beach, NY) for her second goal of the season and Castleton’s first lead of the game.

The Spartans lead was short-lived as Courtney Carey (Belmont, MA) answered for Nichols eventually forcing overtime. Carey sniped a one-time past Castleton goaltender Amanda Hoy (Brockport, NY) at 14:27 in the high slot from teammate Haylie Carter (Forney, TX), her first of the season.

Both goalies stood tall in net for their respective clubs with Rigosi stopping 32-of-34 shots while Hoy made 25 saves on 27 shots.

Castleton returns to action tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. against Holy Cross. Nichols to Saint Anselm on December 11 for a 4:00 p.m. start. [Box Score]

College Sports
Friday's college women's hockey roundup. Friday, November 20, 2009

Salve Regina 3, Castleton 1: At Rutland, Kathleen Roche netted two goals and Salve Regina stopped Castleton.

Kendra Andrie also scored for Salve Regina (4-2, 3-1 ECAC East), which built a 2-0 second-period lead.

Laura Szwed provided Castleton’s goal on a power play. Katharyn Dembowski made 35 saves for the Spartans (2-5, 2-3 ECAC East).

November 20, 2009

Castleton drops its third-straight home contest to Salve Regina, 3-1

Rutland, VT - Kathleen Roche (Boston, MA) scored two goals, including one shorthanded tally, to lead Salve Regina past Castleton, 3-1, in Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women’s East action Friday evening at Spartan Arena.

With the win, the Seahawks improve to 4-2-0 overall (3-1-0 ECAC East). With the loss, the Spartans slide to 2-5-0 overall and 2-3-0 in ECAC East play.

Deadlocked at 0-0 after the first period of play, Salve Regina finally opened up the scoring 14 minutes and 19 seconds into the second on Rachel Porter’s (Franklin, MA) second goal of the season.

After Danika Williams (Fairbanks, AK) cycled the puck behind the net to teammate Kendra Andrie (Muskegon, MI), Porter one-timed a quick pass from Andrie past Spartans’ goaltender Katharyn Dembowski (Elkridge, MD) into the top right corner for a 1-0 lead.

Moments later, Dembowski kept the contest at 1-0 robbing Molly Golden (Milton, MA) from scoring from point-blank range. Dembowski, on her stomach, stretched across the net denying Golden with a beautiful glove save to keep the Seahawks off the scoreboard.

The Seahawks kept applying pressure offensively, however, scoring just a few minutes later - 17:04 into the period - on a shorthanded goal by Roche (Boston, MA), her fourth tally of the season.

Roche received the puck from teammate Kristen Aiello (Braintree, MA) and broke past Castleton’s last defender firing it past Dembowski on the clean breakaway.

Castleton responded quickly though scoring 27 seconds later on Laura Szwed’s (White Lake, MI) second power-play goal of the season.

Szwed banged home a loose puck in front of the net past Seahawks’ goaltender Ali Muehlbronner, her third goal of the season. Meaghan Hulbert (Barre, VT) and Christine Newton (Ogden, UT) set up Szwed for Castleton’s lone goal of the contest.

Roche put the game to bed 15 minutes and eight seconds into the third period firing a shot past Dembowski for her fifth goal this season.

Dembowski stood tall in the net for Castleton recording 35 saves on 38 shots. Muehlbronner was strong in between the pipes for Salve Regina recording 23 saves (24 shots faced).

Castleton returns to action tomorrow afternoon with the Spartans playing host to UMass-Boston at 1:00 p.m. in ECAC East Conference action. The Seahawks travel to Saint Anselm for a 3:00 p.m. contest.[Box Score]


CSC 5, PSU 3

In Waterville Valley, N.H., Castleton State College scored three goals in the third period to pull out the 5-3 victory over Plymouth State University in an ECAC Women's East ice hockey game at Waterville Valley Arena.

Junior Laura Szwed led the Spartans with two goals and an assist, including one of each in the pivotal third period. Castleton finishes the weekend 2-0 after Friday night's win at the University of Southern Maine and evens its season mark at 2-2, while PSU came up empty on the weekend and drops to 0-2 on the season.

Szwed scored the only goal of the first period for Castleton on a breakaway just 1:39 into the contest. It stayed 1-0 until PSU sophomore Danielle Shea evened the score with her first goal of the season 4:36 into the second period.

Castleton regained the lead at the 11-minute mark of the second period on a power-play goal by freshman Abbey Hewes, but the Panthers answered with a power-play goal of their own by sophomore Tina Worley at 17:39, sending the game to the third period tied at 2-2.

Neither team could break the tie in the third period until Szwed tallied her second of the game for Castleton on the power play with 8:18 to play, and junior Kate Gray made it a two-goal Spartan advantage with her first goal with 5:41 remaining.

PSU kept battling and sophomore Jaimie Camara scored for the second straight game to pull the Panthers to within one with four minutes left, but junior Amy Costa sealed the win for Castleton with a power-play goal in the final minute of play.

Castleton freshman Katharyn Dembowski made 17 saves in goal to improve her record to 2-1. PSU sophomore Nicole Provencher finished with 35 saves.

After opening the season with four road games, Castleton plays its next seven contests at home, beginning next Friday and Saturday against New England College and Saint Anselm College, respectively.


November 7, 2009

Castleton wins second-straight ECAC East contest

Plymouth, NH - Laura Szwed (White Lake, MI) scored two goals and passed out one assist to lead Castleton State College to a 5-3 win over Plymouth State University in ECAC Women's Division III East action Saturday afternoon. With the win Castleton improves to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play. Plymouth State has lost two-straight ECAC East contests to open its season.

Szwed opened the scoring with an unassisted score just 1:39 into the first period. Castleton had a pair of power-play opportunities, including a two-man advantage with three minutes remaining, but skated into the first intermission with just the 1-0 lead.

Plymouth State knotted the score at 1-1 4:36 into the second period when Danielle Shea converted her first goal of the season off assists from Tina Worley and Jaimie Camara. Abbey Hewes (Salt Lake City, UT) scored her second goal of her rookie campaign with nine minutes remaining in the period. Hewes potted the power-play tally with helpers from freshman Eileen Coyne (North Attleboro, MA) and Sterling Nelson (Madison, CT). Worley answered for the Panthers with 2:21 left, scoring off assists from Molly Blaine and Shea.

Szwed's second goal of the contest, another unassisted marker, this time on the power-play, gave Castleton the lead for good. Kate Gray (Northfield, VT) scored what proved to be the game winner just over two minutes later, assisted by Szwed. Camara brought the Panthers back to within one at 4-3, but Castleton's Amy Costa (Bristol, RI) tacked on an insurance tally with 29 seconds remaining, again on the power-play, for the final margin.

Freshman goalie Katharyn Dembowski (Elkridge, MD) stopped 17 shots to get the win, while Plymouth goalie Nicole Provencher made 35 saves in the loss.

Castleton will opens its home schedule next weekend, when the Spartans host New England College at 7:00 pm November 13. [Box Score]

Nov 7, 2009
PSU Women’s Ice Hockey falls short against Castleton
Strong third period lifts Spartans over Panthers

(Box Score)

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Castleton State College scored three goals in the third period Saturday afternoon to pull out a 5-3 victory over Plymouth State University in an ECAC Women's East ice hockey game at Waterville Valley Arena.

Junior Laura Szwed (White Lake, Mich.) led the Spartans with two goals and an assist, including a goal and an assist in the pivotal third period. Castleton finishes the weekend 2-0 after Friday night's win at the University of Southern Maine and evens its season mark at 2-2, while PSU came up empty on the weekend and drops to 0-2 on the season.

Szwed scored the only goal of the first period for Castleton on a breakaway just 1:39 into the contest. It stayed 1-0 until PSU sophomore Danielle Shea (Billerica, Mass.) evened the score with her first goal of the season 4:36 into the second period.

Castleton regained the lead at the 11-minute mark of the second period on a power play goal by freshman Abbey Hewes (Salt Lake City, Utah), but the Panthers answered with a power play goal of their own by sophomore Tina Worley (Anchorage, Alaska) at 17:39, sending the game to the third period tied at 2-2.

Neither team could break the tie in the third period until Szwed tallied her second of the game for Castleton on the power play with 8:18 to play, and junior Kate Gray (Northfield, Vt.) made it a two-goal Spartan advantage with her first goal with 5:41 remaining.

PSU kept battling and sophomore Jaimie Camara (Portsmouth, R.I.) scored for the second straight game to pull the Panthers to within a goal with four minutes left, but junior Amy Costa (Bristol, R.I.) sealed the win for Salve with a power play goal in the final minute of play.

Plymouth State had a 6-4 advantage in shots in the first period, but Castleton had a 36-14 advantage over the final two periods, including 21-5 in the third frame, for a 40-20 margin for the game.

Castleton freshman Katharyn Dembowski (Elkridge, Md.) made 17 saves in goal to improve her record to 2-1. PSU sophomore Nicole Provencher (Guilford, Conn.) finished with 35 saves.

PSU makes its first road trip of the season next Saturday with a visit to Saint Michael's College for a 3:00 p.m. face-off. After opening the season with four road games, Castleton plays its next seven contests at home, beginning next Friday and Saturday against New England College and Saint Anselm College, respectively.


Castleton falls in women's hockey finale to UMass-Boston

February 23, 2009 | 09:38 PM
Rutland, VT - The Castleton State College women's ice hockey team dropped its season finale 5-2 to UMass-Boston in ECAC East

action at the Rutland Regional Fieldhouse on Monday. Rachel Sousa had a big night for the Beacons, notching a hat trick and adding an assist.

Katelyn Lajoie staked the Beacons to an early 1-0 lead, netting her sixth of the season just 59 seconds into the contest off a Kristen Smith assists. Sousa scored 12 minutes later, assisted by Katie Kirwan and Katelyn Corsino to make it 2-0.

Castleton's Amy Costa sliced the lead in half with 1:09 remaining in the second period, potting her team-leading 10th goal of the season off assists from Laura Szwed and Kayla Twigge.

Sousa answered with back-to-back goals just 50 seconds apart midway through the third period to seal the win for the visiting Beacons. Jazz

Webber made it 5-1 with 5:13 remaining, before Adrianna Riggio scored the final goal of the game with just over one minute left to make it 5-2.

Leah Hallett earned the win in between the pipes for UMass-Boston, stopping 28 shots. Amanda Hoy stopped 26 shots in the loss for


With the win UMass-Boston finished the season 13-10-2 overall and 10-6-2 in conference play, while Castleton fell to 6-19-0 and 6-15-0. The Beacons will take the fourth seed in the upcoming ECAC East Tournament, hosting fifth seed Salve Regina. Castleton will be the eighth seed and will travel to top-seeded Manhattanville. Both games are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28, times to be determined.

Friday's college hockey roundup

Back from New Zealand and the Worlds Barefoot Championship Laura Szwed is recharged:

Castleton 4, Salve Regina 3: At Castleton, Maryanne Diehm scored a power-play goal with 8:22 left in the third period, lifting Castleton State past Salve Regina.

Amy Costa, Sterling Nelson and Laura Szwed also scored and Kayla Twigge had three assists for the Spartans, who led 3-1 after two periods before Salve Regina (12-7-1) pulled even.

Amanda Hoy made 28 saves for CSC (4-16).

Castleton Opens Season with Rutland Herald Tournament

(October 28, 2008) - Castleton, VT – The Castleton State College women’s ice hockey season Castleton Hockey gets underway on Saturday, November 1 with the opening round of the first annual Rutland Herald Invitational Tournament.

Castleton will face off against SUNY-Potsdam in the first game of the tournament starting at 3:00 pm. The second game will begin at 6:00 pm as Saint Michael’s takes on SUNY-Oswego. The consolation round of the tournament will take place Sunday, November 2 at 12:00 pm, followed by the championship game at 3:00 pm.

The tournament will take place at the Rutland Regional Fieldhouse, home to Spartan Ice Hockey. Admission is $3 for students, $4 for members of Castleton faculty and staff, and $6 for adults. The Castleton Blue Line Club will also be selling memberships, which includes discounted season passes and more.

November 1, 2008

Castleton falls 4-2 in Rutland Herald Invitational Opener

Rutland, VT – SUNY-Potsdam jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead on its way to a 4-2 victory over Castleton State College in the inaugural game of the Women’s Rutland Herald Invitational Ice Hockey Tournament.

Courtney Laughlin scored a pair of goals to lead the Bears. Castleton sophomore Laura Szwed scored her first two goals in a Spartan uniform in the losing effort.

Laughlin put the Bears on the board 7:27 into the first period off a turnover in the neutral zone. Laughlin weaved through two Spartan defenders before scoring with a backhand top shelf for the 1-0 lead. Just over two minutes later Stephanie Malcolm put in a Nicky Bougie assist from the left side of the crease on the power-play for a 2-0 lead. Potsdam secured a 3-0 lead going into the intermission with a wrap around by Annmarie Lewis just inside the right post past a sprawling attempt by Castleton goalie Kalla Robb.

Szwed cut the Bears lead to two off an Adrianna Riggio cross ice pass into the open net 5:08 into the second period. Potsdam regained a three goal differential seven minutes later with Laughlin’s second goal of the game on the power play off assists from Audrey Coon and Lindsay Usherwood.

Szwed scored the lone goal of the third period on a breakaway goal to the upper left corner.

Potsdam goalie Hilary Hitchman recorded 16 saves for the win while Robb stopped 23 in the losing effort.

Postdam improves to 1-1 overall and advances to the championship game at 3:00 pm vs the winner of Oswego-Saint Michael’s. Castleton falls to 0-1 on the season and will play in the third-place game at 12:00 pm.



Courtney Laughlin scored twice to lead the Bears (1-1) to their first win in program history in a nonconference game in Rutland, Vt.

Laughlin is the daughter of former Clarkson men's standout Craig Laughlin, one of the three players with a retired jersey in Cheel Arena.

Stephanie Malcolm and Annmarie Lewis also scored for SUNY Potsdam. Laura Szwed scored twice for Castleton (0-1).

Spartans fall to Bears, 4-2

November 2, 2008

By Carleton Laird Staff Writer

It wasn't the start to the season that Castleton women's hockey coach Bethany Torrice had hoped for, but her Spartans did show some promise in a 4-2 loss to Potsdam in the opening game of the Rutland Herald Invitational at Rutland Regional Fieldhouse on Saturday.

Potsdam will face Oswego, a 4-1 winner over St. Michael's, in the title game.

The Bears built a 3-0 lead after the first period, the teams traded goals in the second and Castleton got the lone marker of the third.

"I honestly think nerves got the better of us," Torrice said. "We have a talented group but we lacked discipline; we were running all over the place.

"It opened our eyes as a coaching group."

The Spartans had great opportunities in the early going as the Bears picked up penalties at 58 seconds and 2:56. But it was a portend of things to come as Castleton generated few scoring chances and would finish 0-for-9 on the power play.

"It's something we have to work on," Torrice said. "We have a very young team and not having patience with the puck hurts."

Potsdam jumped on top at 7:27 when Courtney Laughlin stole the puck in the neutral zone, stepped around a defender just inside the blue line and crossed in front, lifting a backhander over the shoulder of Kalla Robb.

Just 2:20 later, it was 2-0. After the Spartans were called for a penalty at 8:32, the draw came in the Castleton zone and the puck never left. The Bears worked it around and finally, following a mad scramble in front of the net, Stephanie Malcolm chipped the puck over a prone Robb.

Robb made a number of good saves, including one on Annmarie Lewis when she broke through the defense and in alone at 11 minutes.

The Spartans best chance came in the 17th minute on the power play when Meagan Hulbert fired a shot from the right point and the rebound came out to the left. Amy Costa was crashing the net and couldn't quite reach back to gather in the loose puck.

The Bears added a third goal at 17:39 when Lewis took a feed from Malcolm, skated behind the Castleton net and stuffed a backhand between Robb and the right post.

With matching minors being served to start the second period, the Spartans got a 4-on-3 advantage thanks to a early Potsdam penalty. The Spartans won the draw and Kate Gray got a quick shot off, but it was smothered by Hilary Hitchman.

Castleton weathered a major storm when Cassandra Koehne was whistled for a hit from behind and given a game misconduct. The Spartans fought off the 5-minute major penalty and 19 seconds of a 5-on-3 when another infraction was called at 11:23.

After killing the remainder of the minor, Castleton finally got on the board.

Adrianna Riggio sent a pass from near the left corner across the goalmouth. The puck was slowed but still came through the crease to Laura Szwed on the right doorstep, and she gunned it into the open net at 12:39.

The Spartans spent a good deal of time in the box (12 penalties for 35 minutes) and the fourth one cost them. Audrey Coon took a shot from the left point that Robb saved, but the rebound just sat on the left side of the cage and Laughlin knocked it in for her second goal.

It might have been a 5-1 game but Robb made a great save on a shorthanded breakaway. Lewis picked up the puck at center ice, blew by a defender and got in alone. Robb went down and threw out her right leg pad, making the save.

Castleton took a pair of minors just 20 seconds into the third period, but were able to kill off the 5-on-3. Then at 7:12, Szwed scored again to cut the deficit in half.

She collected a nice pass that went through the legs of a defender at center ice, bobbled the puck momentarily, and then skated in alone on Hitchman. A little fake got the goalie down and Szwed roofed it to make it 4-2.

"She just sees the net so well," Torrice said of Szwed, a transfer from Utica College where Torrice played her hockey. "She's patient. She's just a natural goal-scorer."

The Spartans pressed but could not get any closer. Hitchman finished with 16 saves while Robb stopped 23 shots.

The consolation game is today at noon with the championship game to follow at 3 p.m.

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SUNY-Potsdam 4, Castleton 2: At Rutland, SUNY-Potsdam opened to a 3-0 first-period lead cruised over Castleton in the inaugural Rutland Herald Invitational.

Courtney Laughlin scored a pair of goals to lead the Bears. Castleton sophomore Laura Szwed scored two goals r for the Spartans

Potsdam goalie Hilary Hitchman recorded 16 saves for the win. Kalla Robb stopped 23 in the losing effort.

November 7, 2008

Castleton drops ECAC East opener at New England College

Henniker, NH – The Castleton State College women's ice hockey team dropped its ECAC East opener on the road at New England College 5-1. The win is the first of the season for the Pilgrims who improve to 1-2-0 overall and 1-0-0 in ECAC East action. The loss drops the Spartans to 0-3-0 on the season and 0-1-0 in ECAC East play.

New England College wouldn’t waste much time as first-year forward Chelsea Torrico netted her first collegiate goal just 3:45 into the opening period giving NEC the 1-0 lead. The Pilgrims extended their lead to 2-0 as senior Sarah Graham converted on a power-play opportunity midway through the period. Castleton cut the lead to 2-1 as forward Laura Szwed scored her third goal of the season off an assist from Amy Costa and Adrianna Riggio at the 13:24 mark.

It was as close as Castleton would come however, as New Engladn College exploded for three second period goals to put the game away. Torrico added her second of the game and first-year player Samantha Phillips tallied her first collegiate goal.

Neither team could muster a goal in the final period of play as the Pilgrims out shot the Spartans 12-2 but Castleton keeper Kalla Robb came through with 12 saves.

Picking up her fist collegiate win in net for the Pilgrims was Teraysa White who finished with 22 saves. Robb finished with 34 saves for Castleton.

The Pilgrims return to the ice Saturday, Nov. 8 when they host ECAC East opponent Norwich University at 1:00 p.m. The Spartans will travel to take on ECAC East opponent St. Anselm College on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 3:00 p.m

The Burlington Free Press November 8 2008

College roundup

New England College 5, Castleton 1: At Henniker, N.H., New England netted a trio of second-period goals to pull away from Castleton in the ECAC East opener for both teams.

Chelsea Torrico scored twice for New England, setting the tone with a goal 3:45 into the first period. Sarah Graham added a goal and two assists and Teraysa White made 22 saves for the Pilgrims (1-2).

Laura Szwed, assisted by Amy Costa and Adrianna Riggio, scored for Castleton (0-3) in the first period. Kalla Robb stopped 34 shots.

Rutland Herald

Huskies roll by Spartans, 4-1

November 15, 2008

By Tom Haley Herald Staff

The University of Southern Maine women's ice hockey team is feeling good with its 2-0 start after beating Castleton State College 4-1 on Friday night at Rutland Regional Fieldhouse.

That's goes double for St. Albans' Erica Robertson. The Huskies' other victory was over St. Michael's and Robertson gets up for the games against Vermont teams.

"I bring my 'A' game when we play a Vermont team," Robertson said. "I have a lot of friends and people I know on those teams. I played youth hockey with the Castleton goalie (Kalla Robb)."

The Huskies have outscored their opponents 10-4 in the two games.

"We have very high hopes," Robertson said.

The Spartans are living at the other end of the hockey neighborhood. They are 0-5 and 0-3 in the ECAC East standings.

Through it all, first-year coach Bethany Torrice has been impressed with her team's spirit and resolve.

"I like this team's attitude," Torrice said. "They have always been positive and never give up."

They might not give up, but they had to lose a lot of steam and expend a good deal of energy killing penalties. Through the first two periods USM was 1 of 11 on the power play and four different times was skating with a two-man advantage in those two periods.

"It killed our momentum, all those 5-on-3s," Torrice said. "I liked the way we killed the penalties, but you never want your team to put itself in that position.

"We got tired and our system broke down."

It did not take the Huskies long to get on top. Samantha Navas scored 2:22 into the game with Nani Jacobs getting the assist.

Then at 16:06 of the period Alyssa Gibson scored, with Jessica Knight and Robertson earning the assists. Knight set the goal in motion with a blistering shot from the point that Robb made an excellent save on.

Knight was a presence all evening with her scorching shots.

The Spartans had plenty of their own opportunities. One of the best came from Maryanne Diehm midway through the second period. She slammed a hard shot off goalie Jackie Zarb's pads and nearly converted the rebound.

Robertson's wristed several hard shots on goal in that period, but it was Castleton cashing in next.

Kate Gray scored at 12:53 of period two from in close, with Diehm and Meagan Hulbert getting the assists.

It was a reward for some serious pressure the Spartans had been exerting. Minutes before Gray's goal, Adrianna Riggio nearly scored on a wraparound and Laura Szwed nearly capitalized when CSC had a two-man advantage.

Maybe it was all the effort Castleton used in penalty-killing, but USM owned the third period. The Huskies hiked the lead to 3-1 when Jana Sacco centered a pass to Katie Paradis, who sent a rising shot that cut just under the crossbar 5:23 into the final period,

Christen Hart put it out of reach with another goal at 9:04. Knight unloaded one of her screaming shots and Hart tucked in the rebound.

The Huskies had a 27-14 edge in shots on goal.

The Spartans will try to break into the win column today at home against Plymouth State University. Plymouth fell Friday night to Norwich, 9-0. (Editors Note: It doesn't help when you take more than a dozen penalties and have 8 penalties in a row)

Cortland Capitalizes on Power Play, Wins 5-3 at Castleton


RUTLAND, VT. - Cortland scored four power play goals on seven chances and held on to defeat Castleton State, 5-3, in a non-league game at the Rutland Regional Field House. Junior Erin Farmer (Saranac Lake/Saranac Lake H.S.) and junior Nicole Ruddy (Utica/Mohawk Valley Herricanes) each finished with two goals and sophomore Shannon Hakes (Rochester/Rochester Edge) scored once for the Red Dragons in the victory.

Senior Melissa Stern (Shoreham/Long Island Waves) finished with 18 saves in goal for Cortland (2-7-2). Kalla Robb made 16 saves for Castleton (2-9).

Castleton took a 1-0 lead 8:54 into the game when Kaitlyn Hayes backhanded home a shot after a nice individual effort. Cortland tied the game with 5:36 left in the period when Ruddy re-directed in a shot by senior Maggie Welker (Rochester/Rochester Edge) on a power play opportunity. The assist was the first of three for Welker on the afternoon, with Farmer also notching an assist on the play.

Cortland scored the lone goal of the second period on a goal similar to its first. This time, it was Farmer redirecting in a Welker shot on the power play, with freshman Carolyn Wolcott (Syracuse/Northwood School) also assisting on the goal.

Two more power play goals pushed the Red Dragon lead to 4-1 in the third period. After a shot by Welker, Ruddy was initially denied by Robb on a putback attempt, but knocked in the rebound 7:13 into the period. Junior Jeanna Dippel (Mechanicsburg, PA/NAHA) also earned an assist on the goal. Hakes scored 13:10 into the period on a short shot from in front, set up by senior Kalee Stoever (Pawling/Pawling Girls) and junior Maggie Henty (Syracuse/Syracuse Stars).

Castleton, however, tightened the game with two quick goals in the final four minutes. Laura Szwed scored on a power play with 3:27 left, beating Stern on a backhand shot from a tough angle, and Amy Costa scored just 16 seconds later off a rebound to cut Cortland's lead to 4-3.

The Red Dragons, however put the game away on Farmer's second goal of the game, assisted by Dippel and freshman Ashley Meyer (New York/Sound Shore Warriors), with 52 seconds left. Meyer sent a puck on goal from around the blue line that Robb tried to cover up, but couldn't control. Farmer hustled in a knocked in the loose puck to seal the victory.

Cortland 5, Castleton St. 3

Cortland 1-1-3 5
Castleton 1-0-2 3

Scoring Summary (Goals-Assists):
Cortland: Erin Farmer 2-1, Nicole Ruddy 2-0, Shannon Hakes 1-0, Maggie Welker 0-3, Jeanna Dippel 0-2, Maggie Henty 0-1, Ashley Meyer 0-1, Carolyn Wolcott 0-1, Kalee Stoever 0-1
Castleton: Kaitlyn Hayes 1-0, Laura Szwed 1-0, Amy Costa 1-0, Adrianna Riggio 0-1, Cassandra Koehne 0-1, Kate Gray 0-1

Saves: Melissa Stern (Cortland) 18 saves (3 GA in 60:00); Kalla Robb (Castleton) 16 saves (5 GA in 59:49), Empty Net for 0:11
Shots on Goal: Cortland 21 (6-8-7), Castleton 21 (4-7-10)
Penalties: Castleton 8-16:00, Cortland 5-10:00
Power Play: Cortland 4-7, Castleton 1-4
Records after game: Cortland (Red Dragons) 2-7-2; Castleton (Spartans) 2-9

December 13, 2008

Power Plays Key in Cortland 5-3 win over Spartans

Rutland, VT - SUNY-Cortland took advantage of nearly every power play chance, scoring four consecutive power play goals to hold off Castleton 5-3. The Red Dragons end the first semester with a record of 2-8-2. The Spartans have now lost four consecutive games, entering the new year 2-9-0.

Both teams combined to explode for five goals in the final period.

Nicole Ruddy scored her second goal of the contest with 12:47 remaining in the game, knocking in her own rebound from the right side. Shannon Hakes put home the game winner with 6:50 left in the game for Cortland’s fourth power play goal of the game.

Castleton scored two goals within 16 seconds to cut the Cortland lead to 4-3. With 3:27 left in the third period, Laura Swezd netted a power play goal for the Spartans, her team-leading fourth goal of the season, to cut the lead to 4-2. On the next Spartan attack, Amy Costa cut the Red Dragon’s lead to one with her first goal of the season.

Farmer put the game out of reach with 52 seconds remaining, scoring the lone even-strength goal for Cortland.

The Spartans took an early 1-0 lead 8:54 into the game. Kaitlin Hayes drove to the net from the right side, slipping the puck past Cortland goalie Melissa Stern for her first collegiate goal.

Ruddy evened the contest 1-1 14:24 into the opening period for the Red Dragon. Ruddy found the back of the net from the doorstep on a diagonal pass from Maggie Welker.

Cortland took a 2-1 lead with 10:04 left in the second period. 54 seconds into a 5 on 4 opportunity, Erin Farmer took a shot from the point that bounced past Castleton net minder Kalla Robb.

Stern made 18 saves en route to the win for the Red Dragons. Robb finished with 16 stops in her last contest in a Spartan sweater.

SUNY-Cortland returns to the ice January 9, 2009 when they travel to Southern Maine for a non-conference game at 7:00 pm. The Spartans get back to action January 6 at Williams College for a 7:00 pm start.




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