Vassar Wages Comeback Victory over Wittenberg

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (March 5, 2012) Fueled by goals from eight different players, Vassar roared back from an 8-5 deficit to post an impressive 18-13 comeback victory over Wittenberg in the first of three SpringFling games on Monday afternoon in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Trailing 6-3 with 18 minutes to play in the first half, the Brewers scored eight times and clamped down on the Tigers to take an 11-8 intermission lead. Most impressively, the Brewers scored six straight goals coming from five different players in the final 1:46 of the first period.

Vassar opens the season 1-0 and will face Bridgewater State College on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. Wittenberg drops its season opener and faces St. John Fisher on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Scoring was at a premium for Vassar as three players each turned in a hat trick, led by four goals from junior midfielder Marissa Reilly and three each from senior attack Maura McCarthy and freshman attack Dara Davis.

"This was a well deserved win for our players," said head coach Judy Finerghty. "They played so hard today and had that big goal swing in the first half that gave us momentum in the second half."

McCarthy and Davis scored Vassar's first two goals in the first four minutes of the second half to push the Brewers ahead 13-10. But behind back-to-back goals from Logan Warye and Lindsey Gaterman at the 21:23 and 20:23 mark brough the Tigers within one goal at 13-12. The Brewers responded in earnest, getting five straight goals over the next six minutes from senior midfielder Elizabeth Feltch, two from sophomore defender Emma Carter and two from Reilly to take an 18-12 lead that the defense maintained.

Sophomore defender Phoebe Tzannes and Feltch were stalwarts in the backfield. Tzannes had five ground balls and three draw controls. "Both of those players were phenoms for us today," said Finerghty.

Senior Heather Kessleman started in goal for Vassar and allowed six goals with one save in 14 minutes. Freshman Katharine Pula played the final 46 minutes and earned her first collegiate victory with a nine save performance.

Warye was offensive minded for Wittenberg with six goals, three in each half. Sophomore Jessica Jensen played the first half for the Tigers and allowed 11 goals with two saves. Junior Katie Bondy made nine saves and allowed seven goals and took the loss.

Vassar led in shots 34-26 and in ground balls 18-17. The teams were even in clears, each going 12 of 14.


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