Mas, Roach Guide Vermont to Win vs. Davidson in Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. Sydney Mas and Jessica Roach combined for nine points to lead Vermont past Davidson, 12-10, on Wednesday in non-conference action at Pape Field. The Catamounts improve to 3-2 on the season, while the Wildcats drop to 1-2.

Davidson collected the first five goals of the game, including three from Ann Fucigna, to jump out to the early lead. Vermont answered back with three consecutive goals from Marcie Marino, Vanessa VanderZalm and Mas to cut its deficit to 5-3 with 13:18 remaining in the first half.

Emily Cooke, Davidson's leading scorer, notched her first score of the game to break up Vermont's run of three straight goals, and put the Wildcats back out in front by three. Mas and Erica Estey each scored unassisted goals three minutes apart to bring Vermont back to within one, 6-5, heading into halftime.

After another goal from Fucigna to open the second half, Justin Allen and VanderZalm answered back with goals coming 14 seconds apart to tie the game 7-7 with 25 minutes to play.

The Catamounts took their first lead of the game, 8-7, on Samantha Gallerani's goal at the 20:58 mark. Mas extended the lead just over a minute later with her third goal of the game off a free position attempt.

With the Catamounts leading 9-7, Emma Sissman and Cooke each tallied goals for Davidson to tie the score up at 9.

Mas added a goal with 7:23 showing on the clock to put Vermont back out in front, and Roach converted a free position attempt to increase the Catamount lead to 11-9. Sissman countered for the Wildcats with her own free position goal coming just one minute after Roach's, but Vermont's defense held up for the remaining 4:29, and Estey added an insurance goal to secure the 12-10 Catamount victory.

Vermont outshot Davidson 27-21 on the day, and the teams were even with 12 ground balls apiece.

Mas had a game-high five points on four goals and an assist, while Roach chipped in with a goal and three assists. Fucigna led the Wildcats with four goals.

Charlotte Lyons earned her third win of the season for Vermont after making seven saves, and Jessica Melby took the loss for Davidson despite stopping 10 shots.

Vermont returns home for a match-up against Quinnipiac on Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m.

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EUGENE, Ore. In a back-and-forth contest that went down to the wire, the Vermont Catamounts scored three of the final four goals to overcome Davidson's early lead and take a 12-10 decision Wednesday afternoon on the campus of Oregon in a neutral site match.

Davidson (1-2) let a 5-0 lead slip away as it fell to Vermont for the second straight season. The Catamounts (3-2) scored a 19-9 win last year in the series on the road.

Ann Fucigna paced the Wildcats with four goals, three of them coming in the first half, to push her season total to seven. Emma Sissman had three points on two goals and an assist. She added a team-best five draw controls.

Emily Cooke continued her torrid-scoring pace to start the year, netting a pair of goals and assisting on another. The sophomore has now registered team bests of seven goals and 11 assists.

Vermont's Sydney Mas tallied five points on four goals and an assist, while Jessica Roach had a goal and three assists for four points.

Down 9-7 after a Mas goal with 19:34 left in the second half, Cooke helped the Wildcats tie things up by assisting on a Sissman goal and then added one of her own two minutes later.

The Wildcats though saw the Catamounts push the lead back out to two, 11-9, with just over five minutes to play. Sissman converted on a free-postion attempt to make it 11-10, but Davidson failed to get any closer and Vermont tacked on one more for the final margin.

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