February 25, 2011

Vermont Moves to with Win over USAFA

from press release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Freshman Ahmad Zachary and senior Kyle Sminkey combined for three goals and three assists to lead the Vermont men's lacrosse team to a 9-6 road win at Air Force on Friday night. The Catamounts improve to 2-0 with the win for the first time since 2009.

The Catamounts trailed 3-1 early in the game before rattling off seven straight goals to take an 8-3 lead. Zachary scored a pair and added an assist, while Sminkey had two assists and a goal. In his first career game freshman Connor McNamara also added a pair of goals for the Catamounts.

"It was a good win for our guys, pretty ugly, but it was a win," said Vermont head coach Ryan Curtis. "Give Air Force credit, they were scrappy and really took away our attackmen but our midfield stepped up today. I am happy again with the effort and it was good to see some of our new guys like Ahmad and Connor play well."

Air Force (0-2) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. McNamara recorded his first career point in a Catamount uniform and made it 2-1 Falcons with 6:07 left in the opening quarter with a man-up goal. After setting up the first score, Sminkey would earn an unassisted tally in the first of seven straight goals for Vermont.

Zachary knotted the game at 3-3 with his second goal of the season and he then fed sophomore Drew Philie for a goal that gave UVM its first lead of the night just 1:18 into the second quarter. Sophomore Garrett Virtue and Zachary each added scores to extend the Catamounts' lead to 6-3 at the half.

Sophomore A.J. Masson netted the only goal of the third quarter, scoring with 44 seconds left. McNamara earned his second of the game on a man-up opportunity just 13 seconds into the final quarter, with Sminkey earning his second assist of the game to make it 8-3.

The Falcons cut into Vermont's lead with three straight that made it 8-6 with 3:37 remaining in the contest, but that would be as close as the home team would get. Sophomore Thomas Galvin gave the Catamounts an insurance goal with his second of the season with 22 ticks on the clock.

Junior David Barton earned the win in goal for Vermont, making six saves in the contest. The Catamounts outshot Air Force 29-24 for the game. The Falcons had won the only two meetings between the two teams all-time prior to Friday.

Vermont returns to action on Sunday when it stays in the state of Colorado and faces No. 16/17 Denver starting at 2 p.m. (EST).


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