BRATTLEBORO >> Sarah Wells, who scored a conference-best 22 points and was named her conference's Rookie of the Week twice as a freshman field hockey player in 2015, will try to help Castleton to victory in Thursday's home opener against Union at 7 p.m.
The Spartans went 4-12 last season, with wins over Rivier, Westfield State, New England College and Saint Joseph's of Maine. They would finish up on a six-game losing streak.
Wells scored a team-high eight goals a year ago and tied for first with teammate Haley Spittle with six assists. She tallied twice against both Rivier and Colby-Sawyer, and delivered the game-winner versus New England College.
The dangerous forward was one of eight Spartans named to the National Academic Squad for achieving a Grade Point Average of 3.30 or higher during her first college semester. And she was one of two Castleton stickers named Scholars of Distinction for a GPA of 3.90 or better.
Wells and the Bellows Falls Union High School varsity field hockey team had a combined 41-10-4 record from 2011-2014. The team went 4-4 in the playoffs in that time, including a 2-1 loss to Stowe in a championship game.
Coached by Bethany Coursen, some of Wells' BF teammates were McKenzie Brandon, Kya Coursen, Molly Dufault, Anna Clark, Cassidy Santorelli, Morgan Finnell and Quinn Lawrence. As a high school senior, Wells went off for 23 goals and 20 assists.
Castleton field hockey schedule
Sept. 1 — host Union, 7 p.m.
Sept. 3 — host Morrisville State, 4:45 p.m.
Sept. 4 — host Daniel Webster, 1 p.m.
Sept. 10 — at Mount Holyoke, 2 p.m.
Sept. 13 — host Plymouth State, 4 p.m.
Sept. 15 — at Westfield State, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 — at Skidmore, 4 p.m.
Sept. 24 — host Maine-Farmington, 1 p.m.
Sept. 28 — at Rensselaer, 6 p.m.
Oct. 1 — at Husson, 1 p.m.
Oct. 2 — at Saint Joseph's (Maine), 1 p.m.
Oct. 4 — at Rivier, 6 p.m.
Oct. 6 — host Keene State, 4 p.m.
Oct. 8 — host New England College, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 — host Wells, 4 p.m.
Oct. 15 — at Colby-Sawyer, 1 p.m.
Oct. 20 — at Fitchburg State, 6 p.m.
Oct. 22 — at Thomas (Maine), 11 a.m.