Vermont Downs Boston U. Behind MacKay's Seven Points

BOSTON - Three players had two-goal efforts, but Boston University dropped a 13-9 decision to Vermont on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field.

BU (0-5) mounted a late rally in the fourth quarter, scoring the final three goals of the game, but Vermont (2-2) held the Terriers scoreless in the final 4:02 to secure the victory. The nine goals is the highest offensive output of the season for BU.

Freshmen Ryan Johnston and James Clarke each scored twice, as did sophomore Sammy Davis. Redshirt freshman Sam Tenney found the back of the net as well as freshmen Pat Myers and Adam Schaal. Freshman Christian Carson-Banister made 12 saves before classmate Tyler Zickel came in and stopped both shots he saw.

The Terriers were 4 of 8 on their man-up opportunities in a penalty-plagued affair. The Catamounts converted four of their 10 extra-man opportunities. The teams combined for 15 minutes of penalties.

Vermont began the game on a 4-0 run, capped off by a Graham Horvath goal with 9:34 to play in the first quarter. BU issued a response thanks to goals by Johnston and Myers to cut the Catamount lead to 4-2 at the 8:00 mark of the first quarter. Freshman Chad Bell had an assist on Johnston's goal.

Ian MacKay scored twice in a row to regain a four-goal advantage, but Tenney converted a man-up chance with 1:32 remaining to make it a 6-3 UVM lead after 15 minutes. The teams traded goals, with Johnston scoring a man-up marker to make it 7-4. Vermont scored two more times to enter halftime with a 9-4 lead.

Clarke accounted for both of the Terriers' third-period tallies, as Myers found him on two separate extra-man situations. The Catamounts mustered three goals of their own, however, to take a 12-6 lead into the final quarter.

The BU defense was stingy in the fourth quarter, allowing Vermont just one goal, which came with 10:44 remaining in regulation. Schaal began the comeback attempt with a man-down goal at the 7:11 mark after freshman Cal Dearth evaded several defenders to complete a clear and create space for Schaal.

Davis closed the scoring with two straight tallies, the final one coming with 4:02 to play. Zickel made two big saves after he entered the game in the fourth quarter, but Vermont's Justin Rosenberg (14 saves) was also able to keep BU at bay to complete the victory.

The Terriers will begin a stretch of five straight Patriot League contests next weekend when Colgate comes to Nickerson Field on Saturday, March 8. Opening draw is set for 1:00 p.m.

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BOSTON - Freshman Ian MacKay registered a career-high seven points on four goals and three assists as Vermont earned a 13-9 victory for its second straight win. Vermont moves to 2-2 overall, while Boston University falls to 0-5 in its inaugural season.

Eight different Catamounts tallied goals in the game, led by MacKay's four. Graham Horvath and Nick Bartlett each added two goals, and Patrick Clark picked up a goal and two assists.

The Catamounts opened the game with the first four goals in just over five minutes. Andrew Buckanavage tallied the first score for UVM off a feed from MacKay. Vermont then netted two goals in a span of 38 seconds, with freshman Alex Stanko picking up the first of the two scores for his first career goal. James Barlow was credited with the assist on the play.

Horvath notched Vermont's fourth goal of the contest off a pass from Clark, before Ryan Johnston picked up Boston University's first goal to cut its deficit to 4-1.

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