Vermont Tops Bryant on Philie's Extra-Time Goal
from press release
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Drew Philie scored the game winning goal 1:22 into overtime to lead Vermont past Bryant, 6-5, in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday at Virtue Field. With the win, the Catamounts improve to 1-3, while Bryant falls to 0-4.
Alex Zomerfeld tallied the lone goal of the first period with 7:26 remaining on the clock. The junior received a pass from Colin Dunster and put it in the back of the net to give Bryant the 1-0 lead.
Bryant outshot Vermont 8-7 in the period, but both defenses held their ground and Bryant took the one goal lead into the second frame.
Midway through the second period, Mason Poli netted an unassisted goal to give Bryant the 2-0 lead. Zomerfeld added his second goal of the game off a feed from Shane Morrell to increase Bryant's lead to 3-0 with 5:20 to play in the half.
After a goal from Morrell pushed the Bulldog's advantage to 4-0, Vermont got on the board when A.J. Masson received a pass from Tim Yager and beat the goalie to cut Vermont's deficit to 4-1.
Bryant took the three goal lead into halftime after outshooting Vermont 23-15 in the first half.
Andrew Buckanavage opened the second half scoring with an unassisted tally at the 10:11 mark of the third period. Buckanavage cut Vermont's deficit to 4-3 with another goal two minutes later off a pass from Patrick Clark.
Graham Horvath added his team-leading ninth goal of the season at the 7:08 mark to pull Vermont even, 4-4. Ahmad Zachary scored his first goal of the year four minutes later to give Vermont the 5-4 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
After a slashing penalty put Vermont a man down, Zomerfeld tallied his third goal of the game off a feed from Matt Bletzer to tie things up, 5-5, with 10:42 to play in regulation. Both teams were held scoreless in the final 10 minutes of play to send the game into overtime.
Just over a minute into overtime, Philie worked his way around the net and fired one past Bryant goalie Tom Carey to give Vermont the sudden-death victory.
Vermont outshot Bryant 41-36 in the contest, but the Bulldogs held advantages in faceoffs (10-4) and ground balls (26-21).
Buckanavage led Vermont with two goals on the day, while four other Catamounts scored a goal apiece.
Justin Rosenberg made 12 saves in net for Vermont to earn his first career victory. Carey made 11 saves for Bryant in the losing effort.
Vermont returns to action when it travels to Charlottesville, Va. on Tuesday (Mar. 5) to take on head coach Ryan Curtis' alma mater, No. 6 Virginia, at 7 p.m. Live video of the game will be available on a pay-per-view basis via ViginiaSports.com by clicking here.
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