Fairfield Rallies to Edge Vermont

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Vermont scored the final four goals of the contest, but its comeback fell short as Fairfield edged the Catamounts 10-9 in non-conference women's lacrosse action Saturday at Alumni Field. Vermont moves to 5-1 overall, while Fairfield improves to 3-2 on the season.

Seniors Karli MacKendrick and Sydney Mas, along with junior Jessica Roach paced the Catamounts with two goals each. Marcie Marino added one goal and an assist, and Lucy Mower and Vanessa VanderZalm chipped in a goal apiece.

Melanie Raso and Colleen Reynolds of Fairfield led all scorers with three goals each, while Julieanne Mascera picked up two scores and one assist.

MacKendrick got the scoring started with the game's first two goals of the afternoon. The senior converted a free-position attempt just over a minute into play for UVM's first score, and added her second goal at the 25:08 mark to give Vermont a 2-0 advantage.

Julieanne Mascera responded for Fairfield with two straight goals, including one on a free-position attempt, and evened the score at 2-2. Sophomore Lucy Mower put Vermont back ahead with her sixth goal of the season before Fairfield scored four straight goals to move in front. Colleen Reynolds tallied three of the Stags' goals during the stretch to push the lead to 6-3.

With Vermont down by three scores, Vanessa VanderZalm and Marcie Marino each tallied goals on free-position opportunities to cut the deficit to one. The goals were scored 51 seconds apart, each coming in the final 2:07 of the half. The Catamounts headed into halftime trailing for the first time all season.

Fairfield held the Catamounts scoreless in the second half until the 7:24 mark, and opened its lead to 10-5 during the stretch. Melanie Raso scored two of the goals, and Courtney Chmil and Jenna Slowey tallied one apiece before Mas put an end to the Stags' run. Mas netted back-to-back free-position goals within a span of just under two minutes to pull the Catamounts back within three, 10-7, with 5:34 to play.

Roach cut the deficit to two goals with a tally with 1:21 remaining on the clock. Marino was credited with an assist on the play. Roach added another score with 55 seconds remaining to bring Vermont within one goal, 10-9. The Stags were able to hold off UVM in the final minute of play to secure the one-goal victory.

Mackenzie Maher played all 60 minutes in net for Vermont and was credited with six saves. Chelsey Sidaras picked up the win for Fairfield following a nine-save effort.

Vermont is back in action on Wednesday (March 12) for a 3:00 p.m. game at Quinnipiac.


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