Defense, Opportune Scoring Pace Vassar over Rochester

POUGKEEPSIE, NY (April 7, 2012) A tight defensive effort and a balanced scoring attack led Vassar to its first Liberty League victory of the season, 12-5, over Rochester at a breezy Weinberg Field on Saturday afternoon.

While Rochester led in shots (19-18) and in ground balls (13-9), it was the Vassar defense that forced the Yellowjackets to gobble up large chunks of the clock before unleashing a shot on goal. Vassar freshman goalie Katharine Pula was up to the task, making nine saves in the contest and allowing just five goals, two of which came in the final 7:45 of the game.

The victory lifts the Brewers to 4-5, 1-3 in the Liberty League. Rochester drops to 2-7, 1-3. Vassar travels to Western Connecticut for its next game on Wednesday, April 11 at 5:00 pm. Rochester continues Liberty League play next weekend against St. Lawrence and Clarkson.

Eight different Brewers figured into the scoring column, led by freshman attack Dara Davis with three goals, giving her 10 goals this weekend.

The contest was tied once and separated by one goal only twice, at 2-1 and 3-2. Leading 3-2, the Brewers scored four straight goals (and seven straight) by four different players to close out the half ahead 7-2. Quite deliberately, the Brewers speced out their scoring as both teams took considerable time with their shot selection.

Vassar helped its cause against a Rochester second half comeback by tacking on the first three goals of the second half by junior midfielder Michela Garrison, Davis (her 21st of the season) and senior attack Maura McCarthy to force ahead comfortably 10-2 with 23:18 to play.

Rochester's senior midfielder Niki Holmes notched her 12th goal of the season at the 21:27 mark of the second half to bring the Yellowjackets within 10-3, but the Brewers added two more goals by sophomore attack Cameron Felt and senior midfielder Elizabeth Feltch for a 12-3 lead. The Yellowjackets scored the game's final two goals courtesy of junior midfielder Liza Maizel (her 13th of the season) and sophomore midfielder Lindsey Randall.

Defensively, Randall took game honors with five ground balls. Freshman Maddie Elia made two stops in goal for the Yellowjackets.


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