March 6, 2013

Vermont Stages Comeback, Catches Davidson

from press release

EUGENE, Ore. – Sydney Mas and Jessica Roach combined for nine points to lead Vermont past Davidsion, 12-10, on Wednesday in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Pape Field in Eugene, Ore. The Catamounts improve to 3-2 on the season, while the Wildcats drop to 1-2.

Davidson collected the first five goals of the game, including three from Ann Fucigna, to jump out to the early lead. Vermont answered back with three consecutive goals from Marcie Marino, Vanessa VanderZalm and Mas to cut its deficit to 5-3 with 13:18 remaining in the first half.

Emily Cooke, Davidson's leading scorer, notched her first score of the game to break up Vermont's run of three straight goals, and put the Wildcats back out in front by three. Mas and Erica Estey each scored unassisted goals three minutes apart to bring Vermont back to within one, 6-5, heading into halftime.

After another goal from Fucigna to open the second half, Justin Allen and VanderZalm answered back with goals coming 14 seconds apart to tie the game 7-7 with 25 minutes to play.

The Catamounts took their first lead of the game, 8-7, on Samantha Gallerani's goal at the 20:58 mark. Mas extended the lead just over a minute later with her third goal of the game off a free position attempt.

With the Catamounts leading 9-7, Emma Sissman and Cooke each tallied goals for Davidson to tie the score up at 9.

Mas added a goal with 7:23 showing on the clock to put Vermont back out in front, and Roach converted a free position attempt to increase the Catamount lead to 11-9. Sissman countered for the Wildcats with her own free position goal coming just one minute after Roach's, but Vermont's defense held up for the remaining 4:29, and Estey added an insurance goal to secure the 12-10 Catamount victory.

Vermont outshot Davidson 27-21 on the day, and the teams were even with 12 ground balls apiece.

Mas had a game-high five points on four goals and an assist, while Roach chipped in with a goal and three assists. Fucigna led the Wildcats with four goals.

Charlotte Lyons earned her third win of the season for Vermont after making seven saves, and Jessica Melby took the loss for Davidson despite stopping 10 shots.

Vermont returns home for a matchup against Quinnipiac on Saturday, March 9 at 1 p.m.

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