Vermont Shuts out Howard for Fifth Straight Win

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Eight Catamounts tallied multi-goal games to propel Vermont to a 22-0 victory over Howard Wednesday afternoon at Virtue Field. UVM collected its largest margin of victory all-time and its first shutout since 1989. Vermont moves to 5-0 for just the second time in program history, while Howard falls to 0-5.

The 22 goals scored by Vermont were the second-most in a single game in program history. The Catamounts tallied 23 in a win over Binghamton back in 2008 for their highest total in a single game.

Sydney Mas paced Vermont with a game-high seven points on four goals and three assists. The senior now sits at 207 career points, becoming just the second player in program history to register more than 200 points in a career. Mas is 34 points behind Kristen Millar (2006-09) for first-place on the all-time list.

Jessica Roach added six points on two goals and four assists, and Vanessa VanderZalm collected three scores and one assist to help lead UVM to victory. Five other Catamounts tallied two goals apiece, including freshman Meredith Moore, who picked up the first two scores of her career. Katy Ranaldo, Gretchen Remien and Emma Tizard each registered an assist for the first of their careers.

Mackenzie Maher and Meg Hopkins combined for three saves in goal to earn the shutout for Vermont. Maher made two stops and was credited with her third straight victory. Candace Ross and Jasmine Wilson each played a half in net for Howard, combining for 11 saves in the loss.

Vermont outscored Howard 15-0 in the first half, as nine different Catamounts picked up at least one goal in the period. VanderZalm got UVM off to a quick start with a goal 15 seconds into the game, and added two more scores in the half. Mas collected all four of her goals in the first half, and Ariel Nicholas registered two scores in the period to help pace UVM.

Freshmen Alex Bernier and Meredith Moore led the Catamounts in the second period with two goals apiece. Bernier scored the first goal of the half just a minute into play, and also added another score with 33 seconds remaining in the contest. Erica Estey, Samantha Gallerani and Roach each netted one goal for Vermont's other tallies in the stanza.

The Catamounts held advantages over Howard in shots (51-5), draw controls (13-11) and ground balls (35-16).

Vermont travels to Fairfield for a match-up with the Stags on Saturday (March 8) at 12:00 p.m. Links to free live video and stats of the contest can be accessed by clicking here.

Notes: The shutout for UVM was the third in program history, and first since 1989 when Vermont beat Holy Cross 16-0 ... Vermont has started the season at 5-0 for the second time in program history (1994) ... The Catamounts have outscored opponents 93-34 in its five wins ... Vermont owns a 29-0 goal advantage in the first halves of its last two games ... Check back later for CatamounTV video highlights of the game.

2014-03-05



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