Catamounts Defeat Marist in Home Opener

BURLINGTON, Vt. Marcie Marino, Sydney Mas and Jessica Roach each tallied hat tricks to lead Vermont to a 16-9 win over visiting Marist in non-conference action on Saturday at Virtue Field. Vermont improves to 1-1, while Marist falls to 0-3 on the season.

Mas got the scoring started for the Catamounts with an unassisted tally just over two minutes into play. Roach and Marino added goals 30 seconds apart to give Vermont a 3-0 lead at the 23:06 mark of the first half. Marist answered back with three straight goals, including two from Lexi Brannigan, to tie the score, 3-3, with just under 16 minutes to play in the half.

Justine Allen added an unassisted goal to give the Catamounts a one goal lead at the 13:17 mark, but Marist answered back with scores from Ashley Miller and Amanda Tuck to take its first lead of the contest. Mas collected her second tally of the game off a centering pass from Allen to bring things back even, 5-5, with just over five minutes to play in the first.

Vermont went on to score the next 10 goals, spanning from the end of the first half through the beginning of the second, to push its lead to 15-5 with 19 minutes to play in the game. During the streak, UVM got three quick goals from Emma Kelly, Vanessa VanderZalm and Ariel Nicholas in a span of just 20 seconds.

The Red Foxes tallied four of the next five goals, including two from Miller, but were unable to complete the comeback, eventually falling 16-9.

Vermont had nine different goal scorers in the game. Roach dished out four assists for a total of seven points. VanderZalm also added two tallies on the afternoon.

Goalie Charlotte Lyons earned her first career win in net for the Catamounts, stopping 10 Marist shots on the day. Ashley Casiano made 12 saves but took the loss for the Red Foxes.

Vermont outshot Marist 34-28, and held advantages in ground balls (26-24) and draw controls (15-12) as well.

The Catamounts return to action on Wednesday (Feb. 27) when they travel to Siena for a 3:00 p.m. start.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. Marist fell victim to a substantial goal run during the middle portion of the game to lose on the road at Vermont by a 16-9 score. Up 5-4 in the first half, the Catamounts rattled off 11 unanswered goals to take control of the game at 15-5. Senior Ashley Miller (Montville, N.J.) led the Red Foxes with four goals, while Lexi Brannigan (Loudonville, N.Y.) aided the attack with two markers of her own.

After falling down early 3-0, Marist fought back with three goals over a 5:43 span from 21:41 to 15:58. Brannigan spearheaded the run with the initial two goals at 21:41 and 17:06. Miller closed out the streak with a score at 15:58.

Vermont halted the Red Foxes' momentum with a single goal at 13:17 by Justine Allen.

Miller restarted Marist's scoring with a goal at 10:58. Fellow senior Amanda Tuck (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) gave the Red Foxes their first lead of the game 3:30 later by a 5-4 margin.

The Catamounts would respond with an 11-0 goal run over the next 16:36 to go up 15-5 and put the Red Foxes in a deficit that they would not be able to overcome in the final 19:13 of the second half.

Marist closed out the game on a 4-1 run with two goals by Miller and single tallies by sophomore Kirsten Viscount (Smithtown, N.Y.) and freshman Kara McHugh (Madison, Conn.) to make the final score 16-9.

For the game, Vermont outshot Marist 34-28 with a 28-19 advantage in shots on goal. The Catamounts also held a 15-12 margin in draw controls and a 12-8 lead in caused turnovers.

Defensively, senior goalie Ashley Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) finished with a season-high 12 saves, while sophomore Tina Pumo (Oceanside, N.Y.) added a team-high three caused turnonvers.

The Red Foxes (0-3) will next be in action on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at home versus Hofstra. The opening draw is slated for 1:00 p.m.


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