March 30, 2011

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BURLINGTON, Vt. – Freshman Sydney Mas, the reining America East Rookie of the Week, scored four goals, setting a new freshman record for most goals in a season at UVM, to lead the Vermont Catamounts to a 10-9 victory over visiting Holy Cross in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Moulton Winder Field on Wednesday.

Vermont improves to 7-4 on the year and has won five straight, matching the longest win-streak in the program's history. UVM has also won seven of its last eight games, while Holy Cross falls to 3-9 on the season.

The Crusaders scored the first goal of the game 45 seconds into the action to take an early 1-0 lead. The Catamounts answered by scoring three of the next four, including Mas' first tally of the contest at the 16:50 mark to go up 3-2 on Holy Cross.

The Crusaders Annie Boyle was able to find the back of the net at the 15:16 mark to tie the game up 3-3, but the Catamounts responded by rattling off five straight goals to close the half.

Freshman Justine Allen scored her first two collegiate goals on back-to-back opportunities to give UVM a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the way. Mas added a pair to push Vermont's lead to four and Caitlyn Clark closed out the rally, converting an 8-meter shot with 6:59 left in the first half.

Neither team would score over the final six minutes and Vermont took an 8-3 lead into halftime.

The Crusaders fought back, climbing within two, 8-6, after scoring the first three goals of the stanza, including a pair of tallies by Kat Sutton.

Mas paused the Holy Cross rally with her fourth goal of the game at the 20:08 mark. However, the Crusaders continued to battle and a pair of goals from Taylor Zebrowski and another tally from Sutton sliced UVM's lead to one, 10-9. Sutton's goal at the 8:21 mark, on an 8-meter shot, was the final goal of the game.

Holy Cross won the draw following Sutton's goal to make the score 10-9, but turned the ball over and the Catamounts were able to draw an 8-meter shot attempt with 6:36 remaining in the game.

Samathan Stern's free-position shot was saved by HC goalkeeper Amy Martin. Holy Cross collected the ground ball off the Martin stop and raced down the field. Sara Hennessey fired in a shot on net, but UVM's Laura Barber made the save and Jen Madsen was able to pick up the ground ball to give possession back to the Catamounts.

UVM tried to run out the clock, but Holy Cross forced a Vermont turnover with 1:17 left in regulation. The Crusaders called a timeout after regaining possession, but when play resumed Natalie Jones was able to stick-check the ball away from a Holy Cross player and grab the ground ball to force the turnover and Vermont was able to maintain possession to seal the victory.

"I think we are continuing to build momentum. We have worked the kinks out and we are really meshing as a team," said Vermont head coach Jen Johnson. "Today we did what we needed to get it done and we are excited to move forward to Binghamton on Saturday."

Mas finished the day with five points, adding an assist and two draw controls. Barber was credited with nine saves in the Vermont net.

Johnson had this to say about Mas breaking the school's freshman single-season mark for goal, "It is pretty unbelievable and very impressive. We are certainly proud of her effort and what she brings to our offense. We are excited to have her and watch her continue to improve over the next few years."

Sutton led the Crusaders with four goals and an assist, while Zebrowski contributed four points on a hat trick and assist. Martin finished the game with seven saves, six in the second half.

Vermont travels to Binghamton for an America East game on Saturday (April 2) at 12 p.m.

Notes

Mas set a new freshman record for most goals in a season, breaking the old mark of 33 held by teammate Allison Pfohl which she set in her rookie season in 2009 … Mas has totaled 35 goals and 41 points in 10 games this season and leads the Catamounts in scoring and leads America East in points and goals … Holy Cross won the draw controls 14-7 overall and 7-2 in the second half … Vermont has won five straight games four other times in the program's history, the last being in 1994 when UVM started the season 5-0 … The five game-win streak is the longest during Jen Johnson's seven seasons … Vermont snaps a seven-game losing streak to Holy Cross with the victory … UVM's last win over the Crusaders was April 27, 1989.


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