Catamounts Fall to Albany in Regular Season Finale

BURLINGTON, Vt. Ariana Parker and Rachael Burek each netted a hat trick to lift the Albany Great Danes to a 12-10 victory over Vermont in the America East women's lacrosse regular season finale for both teams at Virtue Field on Saturday.

With the victory and a loss by UNH at Stony Brook earlier in the day, the Great Danes earned the final spot in the America East Tournament, which begins on Thursday. Albany will be the No. 4 seed and face No. 1 Boston U.

Vermont ends the 2012 campaign with a record of 9-8 overall and a 2-4 mark in America East. Albany improves to 10-5 overall and 3-3 in the league.

Neither team was able to build more than a three-goal lead throughout the game. In the evenly played first half, the score was tied up four times and there were three lead changes.

A goal by Adison Rounds gave UVM a 5-4 lead with 9:01 remaining in the half. The Great Danes answered with two goals in the final four minutes, including a tally by Parker with 17 seconds remaining to take a 6-5 into halftime.

Sydney Mas quickly evened the score to start the second half, but the Catamounts were never able to regain the lead. Albany took a 9-7 lead, behind back-to-back goals from Mel Rorie and Burek, with 20:31 left.

Vermont responded with consecutive goals from Mas and Karli Mackendrick, to tie the game up, 9-9, with 14:45 remaining. At the 7:11 mark, Parker netted the go-ahead goal for the Great Danes on an unassisted tally.

Albany was able to gain possession on the next draw. Vermont forced a couple of turnovers, but could not capitalize. The Great Danes were able to work the clock and Jess Antelmi scored at the 2:04 mark to give Albany an 11-9 lead. Maureen Keggins added an unassisted goal with 56 seconds remaining to push Albany's lead to three. Mackendrick scored the final goal of the game with 39 seconds left on an 8-meter shot, but that was as close as Vermont could get.

Mackendrick and Mas combined for six goals and Samantha Stern added four points to lead Vermont.

Laura Barber made five stops in the Vermont net, while Anna Berman was credited with eight saves for Albany.

Notes: America East Player of the Game: Ariana Parker (Albany); Karli Mackendrick (UVM) ... Vermont tied the school record for most wins in a season (9) for the fourth time in program history and the second time under head coach Jen Johnson ... Vermont's senior class of Laura Barber, Caitie Izzo, Natalie Jones, Allison Pfohl, Adison Rounds and Samantha Stern finished their careers with 30 wins, the most by a four-year class in the history of the program ... Stern finished the season with 41 assists, setting an new UVM single-season mark ... Stern, Pfohl and Mas each reached the 100-point milestone during the 2012 campaign ... Stern finished her career with 161 points and Pfohl with 113 points ... Izzo, Jones and Stern played in their 66th career games today, second all-time at UVM ... Rounds closed out her career with 122 draws, just the third player in school history to record 100 or more draws ... Barber is just the fourth goalkeeper in program history to record 20 wins and the third with over 300 saves.


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