March 16, 2011

Vermont Answers Siena Rally in Triumph

from press release

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Freshman Sydney Mas scored four goals and collected five points to lead the Vermont Catamounts past the Siena Saints, 16-9, in non-conference women's lacrosse action in Loudonville, N.Y. on Wednesday afternoon.

"This was a good overall team effort today. Laura came up with some nice stops in the cage, we controlled the draw controls in the first half, and offensively we clicked," said Vermont head coach Jen Johnson. "We were able get everyone involved in the game and they were all able to contribute. I was also pleased with our shooting, but especially in the 8-meter shots (7-for-12) because we placed a big emphasis on that aspect of our game during practice this week. It was good to see the players execute and see the work pay off."

The Catamounts went up 4-0 to start the game off of goals from four different players. Siena sliced the lead in half with a pair of goals from Kelly Perry and Kristin McMillian, but Vermont answered with five straight to extend its lead to 9-2 with 7:24 left in the half. UVM would take a 10-3 lead into halftime.

Vermont, again, opened the second half with the first four goals, including a pair of 8-meter shots three minutes apart from Allison Pfohl, to increase its lead to 11, 14-3, with 20 minutes remaining.

The Saints rallied, scoring six consecutive goals, including a pair from McMillian and Caitlin Mikel, over the next 18 minutes to cut UVM's lead to five, but were unable to complete the comeback attempt.

Megan MacDonald and Samantha Stern each registered a goal in the final two minutes to close out the scoring in the game.

Emma Kelly added a hat trick and Adison Rounds finished the game with a pair of goals, an assist and a team-high seven draw controls for the Catamounts. Laura Barber made a season-high 10 saves before being relieved by Elise Mazurak who made one stop in the final 18 minutes in the Vermont net.

McMillan recorded a hat trick and Mikel added four assists and two goals to lead the Saints. Kristin Concordia was credited with 13 saves in the Siena net.

Vermont moves to 3-4 on the year, while Siena falls to 3-4 on the season. The Catamounts return to action on Saturday when they travel to Marist for a 12 p.m. game in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

NOTES: Sydney Mas has scored 14 goals and 18 points in the last four games ... Vermont improves to 11-1 against Siena in the all-time series ... UVM finished the game shooting 7-for-12 from the 8-meter fan and outshot Siena 35-24 overall ... Eight different players scored for Vermont.

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