March 29, 2014

Vermont Beats UNH in America East Opener

from press release

DURHAM, N.H. - The Vermont women's lacrosse team defeated New Hampshire 15-12 on Saturday afternoon in the America East Conference opener for both teams at Cowell Stadium. With the win, Vermont improves to 10-2 on the year, setting a record for most wins in a single season in program history.

Marcie Marino tallied a team-high four goals while Erica Estey and Sydney Mas registered three goals and one assist each. Mas also picked up a game-high seven draw controls.

Rachael Nock notched four goals and Laura McHoul added two goals and four assists to lead the Wildcats.

Vermont (10-2, 1-0 AE) went on a 4-0 run after a New Hampshire goal to open the game, as the Catamounts jumped out to a three-goal advantage. Jessica Roach and Estey picked up the first two scores and Marino registered a pair of goals to push the Catamounts out in front.

The Wildcats (5-6, 0-1 AE) cut the lead to 4-2 with a goal from Molly Gaffey, but Vermont responded with five straight scores. Marino and Estey each picked up another goal and Vanessa VanderZalm collected two scores during the stretch, as UVM opened a 9-2 lead at the 15:36 mark.

New Hampshire scored four of the final five goals of the half, led by McHoul's pair of scores. The run cut the New Hampshire deficit to four scores, as UVM headed into halftime ahead 10-6.

The Wildcats began the second half with two goals in the first eight minutes before Vermont responded with a pair of scores from Mas and Karli MacKendrick. With Vermont ahead by four tallies, New Hampshire scored two goals to cut its deficit to 12-10 at the 13:10 mark.

Vermont scored three times within a span of just over two minutes to extend its lead to 15-10. The Wildcats added a pair of scores in the final 26 seconds, but weren't able to get any closer as Vermont earned the 15-12 victory.

Mackenzie Maher made 12 saves in the UVM cage to earn her seventh win of the season, while Taylor Hurwitz took the loss in an eight-save effort.

The Catamounts return to action on Saturday, April 5 for a conference matchup with No. 18 Albany in Burlington. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m., and links to free live video in HD and live stats of the contest are available by clicking here.

NOTE: Sydney Mas is just three points shy of tying the program's career points record (241 - Kristen Millar '09)

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