Vermont Scores First 8 En Route to Rout of Siena

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Junior Jessica Roach registered a career-high eight points on five goals and three assists to lift Vermont to an 18-4 victory over visiting Siena in non-conference lacrosse action Wednesday at Virtue Field. The Catamounts collect their third straight win to open the season, while Siena falls to 0-2.

Four different Catamounts picked up multi-goal games, led by Roach, who notched the 50th goal of her career just under four minutes into the contest. Sydney Mas added four scores, and Karli MacKendrick and Vanessa VanderZalm chipped in with two goals apiece. Alison Bolt and Jake Remien tallied a goal each for the first scores of their careers.

Mackenzie Maher started in net for Vermont and stopped four shots to collect her first career victory. Meg Hopkins played the second half and picked up six saves. Samantha DePasquale took the loss for Siena despite making eight saves.

Vermont dominated the first 10-plus minutes of the contest, jumping out to an 8-0 lead to begin the game. Roach picked up four of her five goals during the early run, and VanderZalm added a goal and one assist.

Siena got on the board at the 13:12 mark, as Cara McQuillan tallied a goal to cut the lead to 8-1. Mas responded with her first two scores of the game to push the lead to 10-1, before Lauren Smith answered back with Siena's second goal of the half. Following the Siena goal, Vermont tallied the final three scores of the period, including two more from Mas, and closed out the first half with a 13-2 advantage.

MacKendrick opened the second half scoring with an unassisted tally at the 28:14 mark. The Catamounts added to their lead by scoring three of the next four goals, as Roach, Ariel Nicholas and VanderZalm picked up one apiece.

McQuillan netted a goal to end Vermont's run of three straight scores before Remien picked up her first career goal with just 12 seconds on the clock, as the Catamounts closed out their 18-4 victory.

Vermont held advantages over Siena in draw controls (15-9), ground balls (20-16) and caused turnovers (15-6).

UVM returns to action on Saturday (March 1) with a road game at LIU Brooklyn at 11:00 a.m.

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Vermont opened the game with eight straight goals in the first 10:26 to defeat Siena 18-4 in Burlington. Freshman Cara McQuillan scored her first two collegiate goals for the Saints.

Vermont (3-0) out-shot the Saints (0-2) 38-17 and forced 19 Siena turnovers in winning for the 15th time in 16 all-time meetings between the programs.

The younger sister of Siena's second all-time leading scorer Deirdre McQuillan '12, McQuillan added two groundballs and caused a turnover. Sophomores Sarah Croutier and Lauren Smith accounted for the other two Siena goals.

Jessica Roach tallied eight points, scoring five goals for Vermont and Sydney Mas added four goals and five draw controls for the Catamounts which led by double digits for the final 36 minutes.

All three goalies saw action for the Saints, with freshman Samantha DePasquale making the start and posting eight saves in a team-high 27:52 between the pipes.

The Saints host Wagner Saturday at noon at Siena Turf Field.


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