February 26, 2014

Roach Traps Siena Helping Vermont Roll

from press release

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Junior Jessica Roach registered a career-high eight points on five goals and three assists to lift Vermont to an 18-4 victory over visiting Siena in non-conference women's lacrosse action Wednesday at Virtue Field. The Catamounts collect their third straight win to open the season, while Siena Falls to 0-2.

Four different Catamounts picked up multi-goal games, led by Roach, who notched the 50th goal of her career just under four minutes into the contest. Sydney Mas added four scores, and Karli MacKendrick and Vanessa VanderZalm chipped in with two goals apiece. Alison Bolt and Jake Remien tallied a goal each for the first scores of their careers.

Mackenzie Maher started in net for Vermont and stopped four shots to collect her first career victory. Meg Hopkins played the second half and picked up six saves. Samantha DePasquale took the loss for Siena despite making eight saves.

Vermont dominated the first 10-plus minutes of the contest, jumping out to an 8-0 lead to begin the game. Roach picked up four of her five goals during the early run, and VanderZalm added a goal and one assist.

Siena got on the board at the 13:12 mark, as Cara McQuillan tallied a goal to cut the lead to 8-1. Mas responded with her first two scores of the game to push the lead to 10-1, before Lauren Smith answered back with Siena's second goal of the half. Following the Siena goal, Vermont tallied the final three scores of the period, including two more from Mas, and closed out the first half with a 13-2 advantage.

MacKendrick opened the second half scoring with an unassisted tally at the 28:14 mark. The Catamounts added to their lead by scoring three of the next four goals, as Roach, Ariel Nicholas and VanderZalm picked up one apiece.

McQuillan netted a goal to end Vermont's run of three straight scores before Remien picked up her first career goal with just 12 seconds on the clock, as the Catamounts closed out their 18-4 victory.

Vermont held advantages over Siena in draw controls (15-9), ground balls (20-16) and caused turnovers (15-6).

UVM returns to action on Saturday (March 1) with a road game at LIU Brooklyn at 11 a.m. Live stats of the game will be available by clicking here.

NOTES: The 14-goal victory margin was the largest for the Catamounts since a 23-9 win over Binghamton back in 2008 ... Vermont has scored 52 goals combined in its first three games of the season

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