March 19, 2011

Sophs Help Vermont Surpass 2010 Win Total

from press release

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sophomores Drew Philie and A.J. Masson combined for 10 points in leading the Vermont men's lacrosse team to a 14-9 victory over visiting St. John's at Moulton Winder Field on Saturday afternoon. The Catamounts improve to 4-3 on the season and surpass their win total from last year in the process.

Philie finished the game with four goals and an assist, while Masson added a pair of scores and three assists on the day. Junior Geoff Worley also added a hat trick for the Catamounts, who used a 6-0 scoring advantage in the third quarter to open the game up.

“Overall we are happy to win. That's a good team and I thought our guys came out and played very well for three quarters,” said Vermont head coach Ryan Curtis. “Historically the third quarter has been pretty bad for us throughout the season and that is something that we are mindful of. We thought we saw some things in the first half that we could come out and capitalize on in the second half and the focus was there coming out of halftime.”

The Catamounts started off the contest with the first two goals of the game. Exactly one minute in Philie picked up his first of the game on a feed from Masson. Masson made it 2-0 just 36 seconds later when he drove the left side and buried a shot.

St. John's (1-5) would knot the score at 2-2, before the Catamounts responded with three straight goals to take a 5-2 advantage. Worley earned a pair in the run with both being set up by Masson, while Philie scored an unassisted tally. Philie added his third of the game as Vermont took a 6-4 lead into the half.

Vermont didn't waste anytime to start the third quarter, scoring twice in the first 35 seconds of play. Sophomore Luke Ryder connected on a shot from straight on 26 seconds in to make it 7-4. On the ensuing face off, senior Max Gradinger picked up the ground ball and raced right down the center of the field and scored just nine seconds later. Vermont also received unassisted tallies in the quarter from senior Kyle Sminkey and Worley, while Philie set up classmate Thomas Galvin with a score that made it 12-4.

Philie scored his final goal of the day and capped off seven straight for the Catamounts 58 seconds into the fourth. St. John's would outscore Vermont 5-2 in the final frame, thanks in large part to a 20-4 shooting edge.

Vermont ended the game with a 37-34 shot advantage and won 17-of-27 face offs, led by a 13-for-16 effort from senior Tom Frasca. Junior David Barton earned the win in goal for the Catamounts, making 11 saves before being relieved by Alex Plavner for the final 3:46 of play. Kieran McArdle (5) and Kevin Cernuto (4) scored all nine of the Red Storm's goals.

Vermont returns to action next Saturday when the Catamounts travel to face Brown starting at 1 p.m.

Notes

Vermont went 3-13 last year, as the Cats now have four wins in seven attempts this season … UVM went 2-for-4 on man up opportunities on the day, after entering the game having converted only 3-of-22 in the first six games of the season … St. John's was 10-3 all-time against the Cats before Saturday … UVM is a perfect 3-0 at home this year … Masson was named the America East Player of the Game … Check out www.UVMAthletics.com later tonight for video highlights from the game.


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