February 29, 2012

Samantha Stern Powers Vermont Past Siena

from press release

BURLINGTON, Vt. — For the second straight game, senior Samantha Stern led the Vermont Catamounts in scoring, recording six points in a 16-8 victory over Siena in women's lacrosse action at Virtue Field.

Vermont improves to 2-0 on the season, while Siena remains winless at 0-3 on the year.

"They came out fired up. It's still very exciting and new to us to play on Virtue Field," said Vermont head coach Jen Johnson. "We were clicking well offensively in the first half, but we stopped working together in the second half. Fortunately our defense stepped up and Laura Barber had some key saves."

Stern was one of three Catamounts to record a hat trick and also added three assists. Teammates Emma Kelly and Marcie Marino also scored three times and sophomore Sydney Mas contributed four points on a pair of goals and assists. Laura Barber was credited with six saves in net for Vermont

Deirdre McQuillian scored three goals and Shannon Pfohl added three points with two goals and an assist to lead the Saints. Kristin Concordia made 10 stops in the Siena net.

Stern started the scoring for the Catamounts 30 seconds into the game to give UVM a 1-0 lead. At the 21:39 mark of the first half, Vermont held a slim 3-2 lead, following a goal from McQuillian. The Catamounts blew the game open, rolling off eight consecutive goals to take a commanding 11-3 advantage into halftime.

Siena fought back in the second stanza, playing to a 5-5 tie over the final 30 minutes. However, the Saints could only get as close as seven after the opening goal of the half by Kristin McMillan.

Vermont will hit the road for the first time this season when it travels to North Carolina for spring break for a pair of games. The Catamounts take on Davidson on Sunday (March 4) at 1 p.m. Live video of the game is available at DavidsonWildcats.com.

NOTES: America East Player of the Game: Samantha Stern ... Stern has nine assists this season in two games, she had a total of 10 in the last two seasons ... UVM improved to 12-1 versus Siena in the all-time series ... The Catamounts are 2-0 at the new home Virtue Field ... Senior Allison Pfohl competed against her younger sister Shannon who is a sophomore for the Saints.

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