Haigh Scores Five to Pace Vermont by Le Moyne

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Senior Alison Haigh (Northborogh, Mass.), the America East Player of the Game, scored a career-high five goals to lead the Vermont Catamounts past the LeMoyne Dolphins, 13-9, in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Moulton Winder Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Vermont improves to 4-8 overall, while the Dolphins drop their second straight contest and fall to 7-5 on the year.

Vermont held a 5-3 lead after a goal by Haigh with 17:43 remaining in the first half, but LeMoyne came back to knot the game up, 5-5, after consecutive goals by Mia Valletta and Michelle Phillips with 8:25 left in the half.

The Catamounts answered with three straight tallies to close the first stanza and took an 8-5 lead into the break.

Haigh led a Vermont rally to close the half, scoring two 8-meter shots to end the stanza, 23 seconds apart and added another free position shot to push UVM's lead to four, 9-5, 30 seconds into the final frame.

The Dolphins rallied again, scoring four of the next five to close within one, 10-9, with 10:07 left in the game. The Catamounts made a goalie change at that point, as newcomer Elise Mazurak (Greenwich, Conn.) relieved starter Laura Barber (Middlebury, Vt.) and junior Megan MacDonald (Wayland, Mass.) scored back-to-back goals 1:24 apart to help swing the momentum back to UVM. Haigh closed out the scoring with her fourth 8-meter shot of the game with 40 seconds left in the contest.

Mazurak played the final 10 minutes of the contest and did not give up a goal while making three saves. Barber finished with four saves in 50 minutes of action.

MacDonald added three goals, four draw controls and five ground balls in a solid effort for the Catamounts. Sophomore Catie Izzo (Longmeadow, Mass.) who ranks among the national leaders in caused turnovers, picked up four in the game.

Phillips led LeMoyne with a hat trick, while Katlin Walker added six ground balls. Kelly Fucillo was credited with 10 saves for LeMoyne.

The Catamounts out shot the Dolphins 35-19 in the game. Vermont went 7 for 12 on 8-meter shots, versus a 1 for 3 effort for LeMoyne.

Vermont closes out a three-game homestand hosting California on Sunday (April 18) at noon at Moulton Winder Field.

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Burlington, Vt. Alison Haigh scored five goals to lead Vermont to a 13-9 win over the Le Moyne College women's lacrosse team on Wednesday afternoon at Moulton Winder Field.

The two teams went back and forth over the opening 22 minutes of the contest to deliver a 5-5 tie. Junior Michelle Phillips (Johnson City, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) scored off a pass from freshman Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) just 1:28 into the game to give the Dolphins an early lead. After Vermont goals by Megan MacDonald and Kaitlyn Johnson, junior Rebekah Elmer (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) knotted the score at two apiece with an unassisted tally at the 20:55 mark.

Samantha Stern and Phillips then traded free-position goals before the Catamounts got goals from Haigh and Stern to take a 5-3 lead halfway through the stanza. The Dolphins responded as junior Mia Valletta (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) and Phillips scored 56 seconds apart to even the score at five apiece with 8:25 left in the half.

Vermont regained the lead with 3:12 remaining as Johnson scored off a feed from Adison Rounds. Haigh closed out the scoring in the half by converting a pair of free-position shots 23 seconds apart in the final minute.

Haigh added another free-position goal just 26 seconds into the second half to give Vermont its largest lead at 9-5.

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