Mas' Late Goal Lifts Vermont Past UMBC on Senior Day

BURLINGTON, Vt. Sydney Mas wrapped her way around the cage and found the back of the net with 2:22 remaining in the contest, to push Vermont past UMBC, 8-7, in America East action on Senior Day Saturday afternoon from Virtue Field. Vermont improves to 7-9 overall and 2-3 in America East following the victory, while UMBC falls to 8-7 overall and 2-3 in league play.

Vermont outshot UMBC 24-22 and also held advantages in draw controls (10-7) and ground balls (12-8) on the day.

Mas led Vermont with a game-high four points on three goals and one assist, and Jessica Roach also added three scores to help pace the Catamounts. Abby Wilson tallied a team-high four points to lead UMBC.

Meg Hopkins earned her first career win in goal for the Catamounts, making seven saves on the afternoon. Mason Kendall took the loss for UMBC despite stopping 11 shots.

The Retrievers netted the first two scores of the game to jump out to an early lead, before Vermont rattled off five consecutive goals in a span of just over eight minutes to take a 5-2 lead at the 17:32 mark of the first period. During the run, Jessica Roach tallied three goals, with the first one coming off an assist from Mas. Ariel Nicholas and Mas added the other two scores during the stretch.

Alyssa Semones netted the final score of the period for UMBC with 5:44 on the clock, to cut the Vermont lead to 5-3 heading into halftime.

Mas scored an unassisted goal just under five minutes into the second half to give the Catamounts a three-goal advantage. The Retrievers answered Mas' goal with four consecutive, including two from Kristen Bilney, to move ahead of Vermont, 7-6, with 7:49 showing in the clock.

Vanessa VanderZalm tallied her first goal of the game at the 7:28 mark to even the score at 7-7.

Neither team scored in the next five-plus minutes, before Mas was able to work her way around the net and slide a shot between the legs of UMBC's goalie, to put Vermont on top, 8-7, with 2:22 to play.

Emma Kelly won the ensuing draw control for Vermont, and the Catamounts were able to work the ball around the offensive zone and kill off the final two-plus minutes of play to secure the 8-7 victory.

Vermont returns to action next Saturday (Apr. 27) for their final game of the regular season at Albany at 1:00 p.m.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. UMBC junior midfielder Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) ignited a second-half charge for the Retrievers, tallying points on three of UMBC's four-straight goals, but the go-ahead goal with 2:22 to go from Vermont's junior attacker Sydney Mas gave the Catamounts an 8-7 victory against the black and gold in Saturday afternoon's America East match-up at Virtue Field.

UMBC goalkeeper Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) matched a career-high with 11 stops in the contest, including seven saves in the second half. The senior eclipsed the 100-save mark for the first time in her career, with 104 stops on the year.

Bilney added four draw controls, two caused turnovers and one ground ball in the contest, while sophomore attacker Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) finished with a team-high four points on two goals and two assists. With one game to go in the regular season, Wilson remains one assist shy of entering into the Retrievers' top-10 single-season assists list.

A score from Mas put the black and gold down 6-3 with 25:15 to go in the second half, but UMBC scored four-straight goals to eliminate its deficit and take its first lead since the 21:17 mark of the first half. Wilson started the comeback with her second goal of the day, this one coming on a pass from Bilney with just over 19:00 to go in the contest. Less than a minute later, Bilney found the back of the net on an unassisted score, to bring UMBC back within one, 6-5. The junior midfielder struck again, knotting the score at six apiece, with 14:35 on the clock.

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