Three Tally Three Each to Lead Denver Past Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. Rachael Dillon, Jenn Etzel and Jill Remenapp each tallied three goals to lead Denver past Vermont, 13-8, in non-conference action Wednesday afternoon from Virtue Field. The Pioneers outscored Vermont 9-2 in the second half to improve to 8-1 on the season, while Vermont drops to 4-5.

The Catamounts opened the contest by scoring four of the game's first five goals, including a pair of scores from freshman Vanessa VanderZalm.

With Vermont leading 4-1 at the 16:21 mark, Remenapp added her first goal of the game to break up the Vermont run and pull Denver back to within one. VanderZalm responded for Vermont with her third score of the contest, and Sydney Mas followed up two minutes later with a goal to increase the Catamount lead to 6-2 with 9:47 on the clock.

The Pioneers tallied the final two goals of the half to cut their deficit to 6-4 heading into the second frame.

Jenn Etzel netted the first two scores of the second half to tie the game, 6-6, at the 22:18 mark. Mas tallied an unassisted goal 30 seconds later to put UVM back up by one.

Kara Secora tallied two straight goals to give Denver its first lead of the game, 8-7, with 20:17 remaining in the contest. The Pioneers then rattled off the next five goals, including a pair from Dillon, to grab a 13-7 lead with just over six minutes to play.

VanderZalm added another goal for the Catamounts with two minutes remaining, but Denver's defense held up for the remaining minutes to earn the 13-8 victory.

Vermont held a 13-10 advantage on draw controls, while Denver held slight advantages in shots (23-22) and ground balls (19-17).

VanderZalm led the way for the Catamounts, tallying four goals on the day, while Mas chipped in two goals, and Justin Allen added a goal and an assist.

Hannah Hook earned the win in goal for Denver after making nine saves in the contest. Charlotte Lyons played 54 minutes in goal in the losing effort for Vermont.

The Catamounts open up America East play against No. 18 Stony Brook on Saturday (Mar. 23) at 12:00 p.m. in Burlington, Vt. Live video from Virtue Field can be seen for free via by clicking here.

Notes: With two goals in today's contest, Sydney Mas is now tied with Vanessa Cox for second place on the program's all-time goals list with 133 ... Mas also has 157 career points, which ties her with Lyn Jordan for fourth place on the all-time points list at Vermont.


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