March 29, 2012

Mas and Pfohl Hit 100 Points in Vermont Victory

from press release

Courtesy Vermont Athletics

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sophomore Sydney Mas and senior Allison Pfohl each reached the 100-career point milestone to help the Vermont Catamounts hold off the UC Davis Aggies, 16-13, in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Virtue Field on Thursday.
Vermont improves to 7-3 overall, while UC Davis evens its record at 5-5.
Mas led all scorers with five goals and picked up an assist to finish the day with six points.  She entered the game needing just two points to reach the 100-career point milestone.  Mas surpassed the mark after scoring the first two goals of the game and in the process became the fastest Catamount to reach 100- career points, doing so in just 26 games.
Pfohl entered the contest needing just one point for 100 and was able to convert an 8-meter shot at five minutes into the game to reach the milestone.
Samantha Stern added five points on a two goals and three assists and Laura Barber was credited with 13 stops in the Vermont net.
Elizabeth Datino, the national leader in points per game (6.86), led the Aggies with seven points on four goals and three assists.  Elizabeth Landry also netted four goals for UC Davis and Jordan Majka made 14 saves in net.
“We came out strong with a scoring flurry in the first half, but credit UC Davis, they came out hard and contested us for everything. We edged them in draw controls in the first half but they were still out hustling us at times for ground balls.  I am happy overall with the win, but we will need to pick it up for Saturday against New Hampshire,” said Vermont head coach Jen Johnson.
Vermont cruised out to a 6-2 lead halfway through the first stanza, but UC Davis out scored UVM 4-3 over the final 14:31 of the half to close within three, 9-6, at halftime.
Stern and Mas combined 20 seconds into the second half to push UVM's lead to four.  Vermont was able to maintain the lead and was up 13-9 with 9:55 remaining in the game when the Aggies mounted a rally.
Hannah Mirza and Landry scored back-to-back goals to slice the lead to two, 13-11, with 8:48 remaining.  UVM freshman Jessica Roach scored an unassisted goal at the 8:08 mark to push Vermont's lead back to three, but Mirza and Landry answered again with consecutive goals to cut the lead to one, 14-13, with 4:58 remaining in regulation.
Vermont was able to win a key draw and Mas gave UVM a two-goal cushion with her fifth tally, an 8-meter shot, at the 3:43 mark.  The Catamounts won possession following the Mas goal and worked the clock.  Roach added an insurance goal with 52 seconds remaining to close out the scoring in the game.
Vermont out shot UC Davis 42-33 and went 6-for-9 in free position shots.  UVM also finished the game with a 16-15 edge in draws, but the Aggies posted a 20-18 advantage in ground balls for the game.
The Catamounts return to action on Saturday (March 31) when they host New Hampshire in an America East game at 2 p.m. at Virtue Field.  Live video of the game is available for free via CatamounTV at or click here for the link.
NOTES: America East Player of the Game: Sydney Mas (Vermont) … Mas becomes the fastest player in UVM history to reach 100-points, doing so in 26 games … Former Catamount Kristen Millar '09 reached the mark in 28 games and was the second fastest in America East history to the milestone … Mas and Pfohl become the 12th and 13th players in the programs history to reach the milestone … Samantha Stern is eight goals shy of 100 for her career and with five points today moved into a tie for fourth among UVM's all-time leading scorers with 137 points … Senior Adison Rounds is three draws away from 100 for her career … She would become the third Catamount in the program's history to reach 100 for her career … UC Davis entered the game with the ranked second nationally in scoring offense, while the Catamounts are ranked ninth.

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