Mas Leads Vermont to 19-10 Victory over Quinnipiac

HAMDEN, Conn. - Sydney Mas tallied a season-high six goals to lead Vermont over Quinnipiac, 19-10, in non-conference action on Wednesday. With the win, Vermont improves to 6-1 overall, while Quinnipiac drops to 0-5 on the year.

Mas tied her career-high with six goals and also added an assist to pace the Catamounts. Vanessa VanderZalm registered a team-high seven points on three goals and a career-best four assists, and Lucy Mower chipped in with a career-high four scores.

Quinnipiac jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before Jessica Roach netted Vermont's first score of the contest at the 24:19 mark. VanderZalm picked up an assist on the tally.

After a score put the Bobcats up 3-1, Marcie Marino and Mower registered goals just 11 seconds apart to knot the game up at 3-3. Justine Allen picked up an assist on Marino's score, and VanderZalm was credited with an assist on Mower's goal.

Vermont took its first lead of the game with 10:56 remaining in the first half. Mas notched back-to-back goals to give the Catamounts the 5-4 advantage, with VanderZalm picking up another assist on the go-ahead goal.

Following a few minutes of back-and-forth play, Vermont tallied two of the final three goals of the half. Erica Estey and Mas registered the scores for UVM, as the Catamounts took a 10-8 lead into halftime after outshooting the Bobcats 30-10.

The Catamounts got off to a quick start to begin the second half, scoring the first three goals of the period. Roach, Mas and VanderZalm each picked up a tally during the stretch before Kyra Ochwat ended Vermont's run and cut the lead to 13-9 with 14:52 showing on the clock.

Vermont responded with the game's next five goals in a span of just over seven minutes to push its lead to 18-9 with 1:25 showing on the clock. Mower tallied two of her four goals during the run. The teams exchanged goals in the final 30 seconds of play, as Vermont closed out its 19-10 victory.

Meg Hopkins made five saves in 33-plus minutes in net for the Catamounts, while Samantha Tilts took the loss for the Bobcats despite making 19 saves.

Vermont held a 47-21 advantage in shots and also won the draw conrol battle, 22-9.

The Catamounts return to Burlington for a contest against Sacred Heart on Saturday (March 15) at 1:00 p.m. at Virtue Field.


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