April 9, 2009

Vermont Hosts No. 12 BU in America East Tilt

from press release

Vermont hosts Boston U on Saturday (April 11) at 3 p.m. at Moulton Winder Field. Live video of the game will be available on a pay-per-view basis of ($7) via B2 Networks at UVMathletics.com. The Terriers enter the game ranked No. 12 in the country and picked up a 13-6 victory over Boston College on Wednesday. Boston U carries a 9-3 overall record and unbeaten league mark of 3-0 into the game.

The Catamounts stand at 7-5 on the season and are 2-1 in America East after suffering their first conference loss (13-7) at Albany last week. Vermont will play three of its final four regular season games at Moulton Winder Field.

For the second straight week and third time this season, Boston University senior Sarah Dalton has been named the America East Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week. Dalton scored 13 goals in a pair of games, helping the Terriers to two wins against America East opponents. Dalton scored a game-high six goals to power a second-half comeback in a 9-8 win at 18th-ranked New Hampshire. She added seven goals at Stony Brook in a 17-13 victory. The senior midfielder has scored six or more goals in three straight games. Dalton became Boston U's all-time points lead in the victory over Boston College on Wednesday. Already BU's career goal-scoring leader, Dalton is the reigning America East Player of the Year and a candidate for the Tewaaraton Trophy. She earned first-team All-American honors last season and currently averages 4.56 goals per game to lead the nation. Dalton leads the team in goals (47), ground balls (33) and draw controls (34). Xan Weitzel owns the team lead in assists (23) and Rachel Klein is the team's top goalkeeper with a 10.76 goals against average and a .449 save percentage. The Terriers began the week riding a six-game win streak and have won 12 straight America East regular season games.

Boston U owns a 14-3 advantage in the all-time series and has won 12 straight over the Catamounts. UVM's last victory against the Terriers was April 17, 1996 (15-5) in Burlington. Last season Boston U defeated UVM 15-8 at Nickerson Field in the first-ever televised game in Vermont women's lacrosse history.

Senior Kristen Millar scored two goals against Albany to move into a tie for the all-time lead in goals scored, sharing the mark of 133 career goals with former standout Vanessa Cox '05. Millar also extended her consecutive points streak to 59 straight games, the longest in the nation, and climbed within reach of the all-time NCAA mark in draw controls. She collected three against the Great Danes and begins the week 11 shy of breaking the mark set by Dana Dobbie (Maryland '08) last year. Millar leads the country in draw controls and caused turnovers.

Freshman Allison Pfohl enters the week with 27 goals on the season, two shy of tying the mark for most goals in a single-season by a rookie at UVM which was set by teammate Megan MacDonald last season.

Head coach Jen Johnson recently announced her incoming class of recruits for next season. The team will add seven newcomers to the program in 2010: Emily Allen (Memphis, Tenn.), Bri Connolly (North Andover, Mass.), Grace Emerick (Monkton, Md.), Taylor Hadcock (Londonderry, N.H.), Emma Kelly (Redding, Conn.), Jen Madsen (Guilderland, N.Y.) and Danielle O'Dwyer (Braintree, Mass.).

Vermont's senior class of Kristen Millar, Sarah DeStefano, Jessa Merrill and Annie Strout have won 25 games in their four years, which is the third most in school history. The most games won by a four-year class is 29 by the 1993 senior class.

Vermont travels to New Hampshire on Saturday (April 18 - 1 p.m.) before playing its final two games of the regular season at Moulton Winder Field against Long Island and Stony Brook.

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