March 6, 2011

Vermont Downs St. Mary's For First Victory

from press release

DENVER – Sophomore Emma Kelly and newcomers Lauren Johnson and Sydney Mas all scored a career-high four goals to lead the Vermont women's lacrosse team to a 19-11 victory over St. Mary's (Calif.) in a neutral site game at the University of Denver's Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

"I am pleased that we earned our first win of the year. It will help us gain momentum and build confidence going forward," said Vermont head coach Jen Johnson.

"We had improved offensive production today. Half our goals were assisted which showed us working well together and moving the ball on offensive. I felt like we could have been more competitive on the defensive end and on the draw. We showed great moments during the game and then we would have a lapse. We've got to continue to work to put together a more consistent effort for an entire 60 minutes, but overall I was pleased to get the win today. It was a step in the right direction for us."

The Catamounts outscored the Gaels 11-5 in the first half. Johnson, a transfer from Duquesne, gave Vermont a 1-0 lead 38 seconds into the contest on an 8-meter shot. Mariah Walk evened the score at 1-1 at the 23:11 mark. The Catamounts opened up the game with a 9-1 rally to take a 10-2 lead with 5:07 left in the half.

St. Mary's scored three of the final four goals of the half to close the margin to six, 11-5, at the break.

In the second half, the Gaels won the battle of the draws, 10-5, but could not capitalize on its opportunities. Mas was able to lead UVM in the second stanza, scoring three of her four goals in the period to help the Catamounts maintain its lead and outscore St. Mary's 8-6 over the final 30 minutes.

Mas added four draw controls and Caitlyn Clark netted a hat trick to help the Catamount cause. Natalie Jones, UVM's leading scorer, and Jen Madsen collected five round balls each in the contest.

Laura Barber, Charlotte Lyons and Elise Mazurak combined for 10 saves in the Vermont net.

Walk led St. Mary's with four goals and five points and teammate Jillian Chong added a hat trick. Kathleen Wordsdale made 14 saves for the Gaels in net.

The Catamounts improve to 1-3 on the year, while St. Mary's remains winless at 0-4.

Vermont returns to action on Wednesday (March 9) when it takes on Denver at 6 p.m. (EST).

NOTES: Vermont went 11-for-18 on 8-meter shots, while St. Mary's attempted just eight … The Catamounts out shot St. Mary's 43-30 in the game … UVM scored a season-high 19 goals, four shy of the school record for goals in a game ... The Catamounts improve to 2-0 versus the Gaels in the all-time series.

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