March 22, 2014

Vermont Uses Big Fourth Quarter to Top Sacred Heart

from Press Release

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Vermont outscored Sacred Heart 5-2 in the fourth period to collect a 13-9 victory in men's lacrosse action Saturday from Virtue Field. With the victory, UVM improves to 5-3 on the season while Sacred Heart falls to 1-6 overall.

Freshman Ian MacKay led the Catamounts in scoring, collecting a game-high seven points on four goals and three assists. Graham Horvath netted four goals and Andrew Buckanavage chipped in with three scores to help pace Vermont. The Catamounts held an 18-8 advantage on faceoffs, led by Andrew Muscara, who went 18-25 and picked up 13 ground balls.

Alex Miller led the way for the Pioneers with two goals and a pair of assists, and Mike Mawdsley added two goals.

The Catamounts outscored Sacred Heart 4-2 in the first period, as Horvath paced UVM with a pair of goals. Dyson White and Buckanavage picked up the other two scores as Vermont took a two-goal advantage into the second period.

Both teams were held scoreless to start the second period until the 5:47 mark. MacKay received a feed in front of the cage from Patrick Clark and found the back of the net to give Vermont a 5-2 lead. Sacred Heart responded with two goals in the final four and a half minutes to cut its deficit to 5-4 heading into halftime.

MacKay opened the second half scoring with a goal just under a minute into play. Clark was credited with his second assist on the play. The Pioneers answered back with three straight goals from Mawdsley, Alex Dodge and Matt Gannon to take their first lead of the game, 7-6.

MacKay tied things up at the 7:18 mark off a pass from Nick Bartlett, and Buckanavage added a score with just 45 seconds on the clock to give the Catamounts an 8-7 advantage heading into the fourth.

Horvath and Miller exchanged goals in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter before Vermont tallied four consecutive scores to add to its lead. Buckanavage and Horvath tallied scores just 20 seconds apart, and James Barlow and MacKay picked up insurance goals to close out the 13-9 victory for the Catamounts.

Justin Rosenberg made 12 saves in the contest to pick up his fifth win of the season. Ryan Hughes took the loss despite stopping 17 shots in the Pioneer Cage. Vermont outshot Sacred Heart 49-35 in the game and held a 41-28 advantage in ground balls.

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