March 15, 2014

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Vermont Routs Sacred Heart to Move to 7-1

from press release

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Six Catamounts registered multi-goal performances as Vermont cruised past Sacred Heart, 20-3, in women's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Virtue Field. The Catamounts improve to 7-1 overall to continue their best start to a season in program history, while Sacred Heart drops to 1-4 on the year.

Sydney Mas tallied six goals for the second straight contest to lead the Catamounts on the day. Jessica Roach notched five points on two goals and three assists, and Vanessa VanderZalm chipped in with two scores and a pair of assists, collecting her 50th and 51st career goals in the process. Margaret Nealon added one score late in the second half for the first goal of her career.

The Catamounts opened play with three scores in the first two minutes of the contest. Vermont added three consecutive goals to push the lead to 6-0 at the 8:41 mark of the first half. Mas picked up three of the six Catamounts goals during the early run.

Sacred Heart got on the board with 8:22 to play when Alyssa Pearce netted an unassisted tally. UVM responded with goals from Roach and VanderZalm in the final 1:42 of the half to extend its lead to 8-1 heading into the second period of play.

Vermont scored the first six goals of the second stanza to go up 14-1 over the Pioneers. Marcie Marino and VanderZalm each collected two points on a goal and assist during the stretch, as Vermont extended its big lead.

Caitlin Delaney notched the Pioneers' first goal of the second period at the 20:55 mark before Vermont went on another run, scoring six straight goals to move ahead 20-2. Mas tallied the first two scores and Nealon capped off the rally with her first career score with 8:15 to play in the contest.

The Catamounts held Sacred Heart to just one goal in the remaining eight-plus minutes, as Vermont earned the 20-3 win for its second straight victory.

Meg Hopkins made five saves to collect her third win of the season in the Vermont cage. Kelly Keenan stopped 10 shots in the loss for Sacred Heart. The Catamounts were able to control play throughout the afternoon, holding advantages over Sacred Heart in shots (42-11), draw controls (15-10) and ground balls (25-13).

UVM stays in Burlington for a home game against No. 8 Massachusetts on Tuesday, March 18. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m., and live video in HD and live stats are available for free by clicking here.

NOTES: Sophomore Vanessa VanderZalm tallied her 50th and 51st career goals … Vermont scored the first six goals in both the first and second half …  The Catamounts are outscoring opponents 141-57 this season … UVM has scored 18 or more goals in six games


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