April 20, 2013

Mas Scores with 2:22 Left to Lift UVM over UMBC

from press release

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sydney Mas wrapped her way around the cage and found the back of the net with 2:22 remaining in the contest, to push Vermont past UMBC, 8-7, in America East women's lacrosse action on Senior Day Saturday afternoon from Virtue Field. Vermont improves to 7-9 overall and 2-3 in America East following the victory, while UMBC falls to 8-7 overall and 2-3 in league play.

Vermont outshot UMBC 24-22 and also held advantages in draw controls (10-7) and ground balls (12-8) on the day.

Mas led Vermont with a game-high four points on three goals and one assist, and Jessica Roach also added three scores to help pace the Catamounts. Abby Wilson tallied a team-high four points to lead UMBC.

Meg Hopkins earned her first career win in goal for the Catamounts, making seven saves on the afternoon. Mason Kendall took the loss for UMBC despite stopping 11 shots.

The Retrievers netted the first two scores of the game to jump out to an early lead, before Vermont rattled off five consecutive goals in a span of just over eight minutes to take a 5-2 lead at the 17:32 mark of the first period. During the run, Jessica Roachtallied three goals, with the first one coming off an assist from Mas. Ariel Nicholas and Mas added the other two scores during the stretch.

Alyssa Semones netted the final score of the period for UMBC with 5:44 on the clock, to cut the Vermont lead to 5-3 heading into halftime.

Mas scored an unassisted goal just under five minutes into the second half to give the Catamounts a three-goal advantage. The Retrievers answered Mas' goal with four consecutive, including two from Kristen Bilney, to move ahead of Vermont, 7-6, with 7:49 showing in the clock.

Vanessa VanderZalm tallied her first goal of the game at the 7:28 mark to even the score at 7-7.

Neither team scored in the next five-plus minutes, before Mas was able to work her way around the net and slide a shot between the legs of UMBC's goalie, to put Vermont on top, 8-7, with 2:22 to play.

Emma Kelly won the ensuing draw control for Vermont, and the Catamounts were able to work the ball around the offensive zone and kill off the final two-plus minutes of play to secure the 8-7 victory.

Vermont returns to action next Saturday (Apr. 27) for their final game of the regular season at Albany at 1 p.m. Live video of the game can be seen for a fee via UAlbanySports.com by clicking here.

NOTES: Emily Allen, Emma Kelly, Jen Madsen, Elise Mazurak and Danielle O'Dwyer played in their final home game as Catamounts, as the program honored them as part of Senior Day prior to the start of the game ... Meg Hopkins made her second career start in goal for Vermont, and earned her first career win ... With a win next weekend vs. Albany, Vermont could secure a spot in the America East playoffs. 

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