Philie's Seven Goals Propel Catamounts to Win Over Wagner

BURLINGTON, Vt. Senior captain Drew Philie scored a career-high seven goals to lead Vermont past Wagner, 15-6, in non-conference action on Saturday from Virtue Field. The win moves Vermont to 2-5 on the season, while Wagner falls to 1-6.

Ahmad Zachary opened the scoring just 30 seconds into play with his second goal of the season. Wagner's Colin O'Rourke tallied the team's first goal of the contest a minute later to pull the Seahawks back even.

Vermont collected the next four goals, including two from Philie, to take a 5-1 lead with 2:35 to play in the period. Griffin Leclaire broke up the Vermont run with his first score of the game with just over a minute remaining in the first frame.

Philie netted another goal 15 seconds into the second period to put Vermont back up by four, 6-2.

Both teams were held scoreless for the next 10 minutes of play before Andrew Buckanavage and Augie Remien scored goals 50 seconds apart to extend the Catamount lead to 8-2 with 3:45 showing on the clock.

O'Rourke tallied a score for Wagner off a feed from Leclaire at the 1:34 mark, but Philie answered back with two more goals in the final 27 seconds of the half to give UVM a 10-3 lead heading into halftime.

Wagner's Nick DePhillips scored the team's lone goal of the third period with 12:16 showing on the clock to cut the Seahawks deficit to 10-4. Vermont then received goals from A.J. Masson, Philie, and Graham Horvath to close out the third period with a 13-4 advantage.

Both teams traded a pair of goals in the fourth frame as Vermont closed out its victory by a final score of 15-6.

The Catamounts outshot Wagner 40-28 and held advantages in ground balls (33-23) and face-offs (13-12).

Philie led all scorers with eight points on seven goals and an assist, while Masson chipped in with a goal and two assists.

Just Rosenberg played the first three periods in goal for Vermont, making seven saves en route to his second win of the season. Nicholas Gibaldi took the loss for Wagner despite making nine saves.

Vermont returns to action on Tuesday (Mar. 19) when it hosts Holy Cross at 4:00 p.m. Live video of the game can be seen for free via by clicking here.

Notes: Philie's seven goals is the second most in a single game in program history ... The Catamounts registered their highest goal total of the season, with 15.

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Burlington, VT Senior midfielders Colin O'Rourke (Worcester, MA. St. John's Shrewsbury), Nick DePhillips (Glen Ridge, NJ/ Glen Ridge/ Ohio St.) and freshman attackman Griffen Leclaire (White Rock, BC/ Hill Academy) scored two goals apiece but it was Vermont, behind a seven-goal outing by Drew Phillie, which came away with a 15-6 victory.

Leclaire and O'Rourke also had one assist apiece to tie for team-high honors with three.

Vermont outshot Wagner 40-28 and led in ground balls 33-23. For the second straight game, the Seahawks were competitive in the faceoff department. After winning 19 of 34 face-offs in the win over Mercer, Wagner was edged by a 13-12 count vs. Vermont. Senior Krey Keller (Colorado Springs, CO/ Cheyenne Mountain) took 24 of today's face-offs, winning 12, while sophomore Adam Geiger (Colts Neck, NJ/ Colts Neck) was 0-1. Keller took all 34 Wagner face-offs vs. Mercer.

Junior Nicholas Gibaldi (Rocky Point, NY/ Rocky Point) had nine saves in the game's first 56 minutes before giving way to freshman Anthony Peruso (Warwick, NY/ John S. Burke Catholic) who stopped four shots in the final four minutes. After O'Rourke tied the game at 1-1 with a goal of an unassisted goal, Vermont scored four straight goals to take a 5-1 lead.

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