April 3, 2013

Big Second Half Sends Vermont Past UNH

from press release

DURHAM, N.H. – Vermont received goals from seven different players, and outscored New Hampshire 9-2 in the second half, to earn a 12-4 victory over the Wildcats in a women's lacrosse conference matchup Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Field. The win is Vermont's first America East victory of the season and improves its record to 6-7 (1-2 AE). With the loss, New Hampshire falls to 3-7 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

"We had a total team effort today. In the first half, we had some great possessions but didn't finish our shots. We were able to finish more in the second half, and had some big defensive stops. We were pleased with the effort today in a big conference game," said head coach Jen Johnson.

Vermont held a big shot advantage in the contest, outshooting the Wildcats 33-17, with 22 of those shots on target. UNH held slight advantages in draw controls (10-9) and ground balls (17-14).

Sydney Mas was the game's high-scorer with four points on three goals and an assist, and Vanessa VanderZalm chipped in with three goals to help pace the Catamounts.

Vermont opened with the first three scores of the contest, beginning with an unassisted tally from VanderZalm just over eight minutes in. Samantha Gallerani followed up minutes later with a goal off a feed from Jen Madsen, and Mas added a free-position goal at the 12:20 mark to give Vermont a 3-0 lead.

New Hampshire got on the board with seven minutes remaining in the first half when Jenny Simpson received a pass from Laura McHoul and found the back of the net for the Wildcat's first tally.

Simspon collected her second goal of the game with just nine seconds showing on the clock, with the assist again going to McHoul, to pull UNH to within one, 3-2, heading into halftime.

The Catamounts outscored New Hampshire 9-2 in the second half after outshooting UNH 18-12 in the frame. Vermont received two goals apiece from VanderZalm, Mas and Emma Kelly in the period.

Mas' tally at the 2:36 mark put UVM on top, 12-3, which gave the Cats a nine goal lead, their biggest of the game.

Simpson and McHoul tallied the only goals of the half for the Wildcats.

Charlotte Lyons made 10 saves in the cage for Vermont to earn her sixth win of the season. Kathleen O'Keefe took the loss for New Hampshire despite stopping nine shots.

The Catamounts are back in action on Saturday (Apr. 6) when they host Boston University at 1 p.m. Live video of the game from Virtue Field can be seen for free via UVMathletics.com by clicking here.

NOTES: UVM has now won three straight matchups against UNH and has won the last two by a combined 18 goals.

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