March 27, 2011

Vermont Downs Stony Brook in AEC Opener

from press release

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Natalie Jones, Sydney Mas and Allison Pfohl each recorded a hat trick to lead the Vermont Catamounts past the Stony Brook Seawolves, 15-7, in America East women's lacrosse action on Sunday afternoon at Moulton Winder Field.

Vermont improves to 6-4 overall and 1-0 in league play. The Catamounts have won four straight and six of their last seven games. Stony Brook falls to 3-6 on the year and 0-1 in the conference. The game was the America East opener for both teams.

"We came out firing to start the game, then we had a little lapse in the second half, but we dug back in and got a few more goals and came out with a good win," said Vermont head coach Jen Johnson. "Obviously these conference games are a lot more important and I was pleased with the overall effort today.”

The Catamounts opened the game with three straight goals and held a 6-1 lead with 2:56 remaining in the half. Vermont went into halftime with a 7-2 lead behind goals from six different players.

UVM outshot Stony Brook 13-5 in the first half and won seven of nine draws.

Stony Brook responded in the opening minutes of second half, scoring 22 seconds into the action off the stick of Melissa Cook. Mas and Samantha Stern answered for Vermont to push its lead back to six, 9-3, with 22 minutes remaining.

The Seawolves scored four of the next five goals behind a pair from Victoria Cable and Kaila Gottlick to allow Stony Brook to climb back within three, 10-7, with 14:31 left in the half.

The Catamounts held Stony Brook scoreless for the final 14 minutes of the game and rolled off five straight goals to seal the victory.

Vermont finished the game outshooting Stony Brook 25-17 and also had an edge in draws, 17-7, and ground balls, 12-9.

Laura Barber made eight saves in the Vermont net, while Mickey Cahill and Hannah Perruccio combined for eight saves for Stony Brook.

Cable led Stony Brook with three goals and Gottlick added a two goals and an assist.

Vermont closes out a three-game homestand hosting Holy Cross on Wednesday (March 30) at 3 p.m. at Moulton Winder Field.


America East Players of the Game: Victoria Cable (Stony Brook) and Sydney Mas (Vermont) … Mas collected a game-high seven draw controls … Vermont received goals from six different players … UVM's four-game win streak matches the longest streak in head coach Jen Johnson's seven seasons … Vermont won four straight in Johnson's second season in 2006 and again in 2009.

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