April 10, 2011

Vermont Tops Albany for First Time Since '01

from press release

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sophomores Drew Philie and Luke Ryder each scored three times, while classmate A.J. Masson handed out four assists to help the Vermont men's lacrosse team defeat Albany 11-6 at Moulton Winder Field on Sunday afternoon. The win was the Catamounts' first over the Great Danes since 2001, as they improve to 6-5 overall and 1-1 in America East action with the victory.

Vermont jumped out to a 7-1 advantage, as it remains undefeated at home this season (5-0). The win also snaps a nine-game losing streak against Albany (4-7, 0-2 America East).

“Just to get a conference win is great and it's a team that has been ranked this year and traditionally has been a great team and still is a great team,” said Vermont head coach Ryan Curtis. “I think again it shows our guys that we're closer than some of them may think.”

Vermont took a 1-0 lead 2:14 into the contest off Ryder's first of the day, as the Cats worked the ball around a zone before Masson found Ryder on the wing. Albany would knot the game at 1-1 before the Catamounts answered with six straight tallies. Philie scored the next two straight to make it 3-1 with 2:37 left in the first quarter. On his first goal Masson scooped up the ground ball on the face off and raced downed the field before dropping it off to Philie for the goal.

Ryder opened the second quarter taking a pass at midfield on a clear attempt and beat his defender, driving straight to the cage and scoring 1:09 in to make it 4-1 Cats. UVM scored its first of three man-up goals when sophomore Thomas Galvin took a feed from junior Geoff Worley to stretch the home team's lead to four.

Senior Derek Lichtfuss added a tally off a fast break feed from freshman Kodie Englehart and Worley would make it 7-1 off a feed from Masson with 3:44 left in the first half. The Great Danes scored the final two goals of the stanza, as Vermont carried a 7-3 lead into the break.

Ryder wrapped up his hat trick 36 seconds into the third quarter after beating a defender to get a good look and extend UVM's lead to 8-3. Albany's Joe Resetarits scored the only other goal by either team in the frame to cut Vermont's lead to four heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

After the first seven minutes went by scoreless, Galvin scored the first of three straight Catamount goals with exactly 8:00 left in regulation. Galvin followed that up by setting up Philie on Vermont's second-straight man-up goal and Worley earned his second tally, which made it 11-4 Cats with 3:38 to go.

Four Catamounts finished the day with multiple goals, as Worley added two assists to his two tallies. Junior David Barton made 13 saves in goal for Vermont in the winning effort, as the Cats outshot Albany 38-32 in the contest. UVM also went 3-for-8 with a man advantage in the game.

Vermont returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Hartford in America East action at Moulton Winder Field starting at 1 p.m. Following the contest there will be a postgame Catamount Kids Conference presented by the Doubletree.

Notes

Albany was nationally ranked earlier this season … Vermont is only giving up 5.8 goals per game at home this season … The last time the Cats defeated Albany came in 2001 in a neutral site game, 10-8 … Vermont has six wins on the year, marking the first time it has reached that mark since going 9-6 in 2006 … Philie, the team leader with 25 goals and 33 points on the season, has seven goals and an assist in Vermont's last two games … UVM now has five different players who have 10 or more goals on the year, as Galvin and Ryder joined Philie, Worley and Kyle Sminkey … Philie and Albany's Miles Thompson were named the America East Players of the Game.


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