April 5, 2011

Vermont Tops Holy Cross; Perfect at Home

from press release

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sophomore Drew Philie scored four goals and added an assist to lead the Vermont men's lacrosse team to a 15-5 victory over Holy Cross at Moulton Winder Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Catamounts stormed out to a 7-0 lead after the first quarter as they snapped a two-game slide and improve to 5-5 on the year.

Senior Kyle Sminkey added a hat trick, all coming in the first quarter, while junior Geoff Worley tallied two goals to go with two assists as six different Catamounts had multiple point games. The seven-goal first quarter also matched Vermont's goal total from the previous game.

“We thought going in after our game against Binghamton that it was a good thing to have a game coming up this quick so we could try and put Binghamton behind us and just play,” said Vermont head coach Ryan Curtis. “The guys certainly worked hard in our one day to get ready for this game, came out and played well.”

After the first 3:30 of the game was scoreless, Vermont erupted for five goals over the next 4:20. Sminkey recorded the first goal of the game, while sophomore Thomas Galvin earned a man-up tally and Philie set up classmate Luke Ryder to make it 3-0 with 9:19 left in the frame.

Sminkey earned his second and Worley made it 5-0 with 7:10 left in the quarter off a feed from sophomore A.J. Masson. Masson swept a loose ball off the turf from behind the net to Worley, who finished the play after the goalie was out of place. Philie and Sminkey each added goals to wrap up the opening 15 minutes of play with Vermont on top 7-0.

Holy Cross (0-10) scored the first two goals of the second quarter to cut UVM's lead to 7-2. The Catamounts extended their lead back to seven when freshman Connor McNamara cleaned up a loose ball in front of the net with 4:46 left in the half and then Philie followed 44 seconds later with his second of the afternoon. The Crusaders Colin McGeehin scored with 2:43 left in the quarter as UVM took a 9-3 lead into the half.

Masson scored 1:35 into the third to make it 10-3 Vermont and after a Holy Cross goal, Philie earned his third tally after taking a feed from sophomore Garrett Virtue and Ryder added his second with 7:56 left in the frame. Worley opened the scoring just 21 seconds into the fourth on a man-up tally, while Philie and McNamara each scored in the final 3:24 of play to produce the final score.

Vermont outshot Holy Cross 37-23 for the game, which included 15-3 in the first quarter. The Cats also finished the day 3-for-4 on man-up opportunities. Junior David Barton earned the win in goal for UVM, as he made six saves in the first three quarters of play. Junior Alex Plavner and freshman Hayward Giraud each saw action in goal in the fourth quarter for the Cats. James Kennedy led the Crusaders with a pair of goals on the afternoon.

Vermont returns to action on Sunday when it hosts Albany at 2 p.m. in America East action. Sunday will be Youth Lacrosse Day with free admission to youth players who e-mail RallyCatamount@uvm.edu. There will be a postgame pass & catch with the team. This weekend is also Vermont lacrosse alumni weekend, as on Saturday there will be an alumni game at Moulton Winder Field starting at 3 p.m. and that will be followed by an alumni gathering at the Vermont Sports Grille on Williston Road at 5 p.m. For more questions on the event contact the Victory Club at Victory.Club@uvm.edu or 802-656-0956.

NOTES: Vermont improves to 4-0 at home this year, where it is giving up only 5.75 goals per contest … UVM is now 13-5 all-time against the Crusaders … The 15 goals scored were a season-high for the Cats … With the four goals on the day Philie topped 50 for his career and now has 52 in his first season and a half … The last time Vermont recorded five wins in a season came in 2008 … The seven goals in the first were the most in a quarter for the Cats this season … Sminkey now has six goals in the last two games … Vermont was 8-for-8 on face-offs in the first quarter … Sminkey was named the America East Player of the Game.


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