Rounds Leads Vermont Past New Hampshire

BURLINGTON, Vt. Senior Adison Rounds scored six goals and collected five draw controls, including the 100th of her career, to lead the Vermont Catamounts to an 18-8 victory over visiting New Hampshire in America East action at Virtue Field.

Vermont improves to 8-3 overall, matching its win total from last season, and moves to 1-1 in league play. New Hampshire falls to 3-6 on the year and evens its conference record to 1-1.

The Catamounts held a 4-1 lead at the 15:17 mark after a goal by Rounds, but New Hampshire rolled off four straight goals from four different scorers to take a 5-4, with under 10 minutes left in the first half.

Rounds added back-to-back goals four minutes apart to push UVM back in front 6-5, with just over five minutes left in the half. New Hampshire's Amber Casiano converted an 8-meter shot with 17 seconds remaining to even the score at 6-6 as the teams headed into halftime.

Vermont exploded for 10 straight goals in the second half and outscored the Wildcats 12-2 in the stanza. The Catamounts held the Wildcats scoreless for nearly 25 minutes in the half as UNH scored twice in the final five minutes.

"We played well in the first half, we just weren't finishing, and we had a ton of opportunities. We talked about it at halftime and continued going to the goal hard in the second half, but we did a better job of finishing our shots. Dominating the draws in the second half also helped. It gave us the possession time we needed to score," said Vermont head coach Jen Johnson.

Eight different players scored in the game for the Catamounts. Joining Rounds with multi-goals games were Emma Kelly (3), Sydney Mas (2), Marcie Marino (2) and Allison Pfohl (2). Laura Barber made 10 saves in the Vermont net.

Ilana Cohen and Casiano led UNH with a pair of goals each. Katie O'Keefe played the majority of minutes in net and was credited with 11 saves for the Wildcats.

Vermont returns to action on Wednesday (April 4) when it travels to Boston College for a 4:00 p.m. game.

Notes: America East Players of the Game: Adison Rounds (UVM); Katie O'Keefe (UNH) ... Round picked up her 100th career draw control and became the third Catamount in the program's history to record 100 draws ... Samantha Stern and Sydney Mas inched closer to the 100-goal milestone ... Stern tallied one goal and Mas had two, the duo each has 93 career goals ... With two assists on the day Stern tied UVM's single-season assist mark (30) ... She shares the record with former Catamount Kristen Millar '09 who set the mark of 30 assists in her senior season (2009) ... UVM defeated UNH for the second straight year and earns back-to-back wins over the Wildcats for the first time in the series history that dates back to 1983 ... Vermont earned its fifth win in the series and it was the largest margin of victory for the Catamounts ... UVM's four other victories were one-goal games.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. After clawing back to tie the game, 6-6, at halftime, University of New Hampshire was outscored 12-2 in the second half in Saturday afternoon's 18-8 loss to the University of Vermont in America East action at Virtue Field.

UNH, which entered the game with back-to-back wins following Wednesday's 12-11 victory against 12th-ranked Vanderbilt University, is now 3-6 overall and 1-1 in America East. UVM, with consecutive wins in this series to improve to 5-29 lifetime against the Wildcats, won its second straight game to improve to 8-3, 1-1.

Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) and Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) scored two goals apiece to lead the UNH attack. Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) extended her goal-scoring streak to 11 games with a goal and an assist, which also marked the output of Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.). Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) and Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) scored the Wildcats' other goals.

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