Vermont Closes Strong to Defeat Sacred Heart

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Vermont outscored Sacred Heart 5-2 in the fourth period to collect a 13-9 victory in men's lacrosse action Saturday from Virtue Field. With the victory, UVM improves to 5-3 on the season, while Sacred Heart falls to 1-6 overall.

Freshman Ian MacKay led the Catamounts in scoring, collecting a game-high seven points on four goals and three assists. Graham Horvath netted four goals and Andrew Buckanavage chipped in with three scores to help pace Vermont. The Catamounts held an 18-8 advantage on faceoffs, led by Andrew Muscara, who went 18-25 and picked up 13 ground balls.

Alex Miller led the way for the Pioneers with two goals and a pair of assists, and Mike Mawdsley added two goals.

The Catamounts outscored Sacred Heart 4-2 in the first period, as Horvath paced UVM with a pair of goals. Dyson White and Buckanavage picked up the other two scores as Vermont took a two-goal advantage into the second period.

Both teams were held scoreless to start the second period until the 5:47 mark. MacKay received a feed in front of the cage from Patrick Clark and found the back of the net to give Vermont a 5-2 lead. Sacred Heart responded with two goals in the final four and a half minutes to cut its deficit to 5-4 heading into halftime.

MacKay opened the second half scoring with a goal just under a minute into play. Clark was credited with his second assist on the play. The Pioneers answered back with three straight goals from Mawdsley, Alex Dodge and Matt Gannon to take their first lead of the game, 7-6.

MacKay tied things up at the 7:18 mark off a pass from Nick Bartlett, and Buckanavage added a score with just 45 seconds on the clock to give the Catamounts an 8-7 advantage heading into the fourth.

Horvath and Miller exchanged goals in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter before Vermont tallied four consecutive scores to add to its lead. Buckanavage and Horvath tallied scores just 20 seconds apart, and James Barlow and MacKay picked up insurance goals to close out the 13-9 victory for the Catamounts.

Justin Rosenberg made 12 saves in the contest to pick up his fifth win of the season. Ryan Hughes took the loss despite stopping 17 shots in the Pioneer Cage. Vermont outshot Sacred Heart 49-35 in the game and held a 41-28 advantage in ground balls.

Vermont hits the road to take on the 18th-ranked Albany Great Danes on Saturday (March 29) at 7:00 p.m.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. Sacred Heart fell victim to an 8-1 run in the second half Saturday to the Vermont Catamounts at Virtue Field, falling 13-9 to move to 1-6 on the season.

Senior midfielder Alex Miller (Ridgewood, N.J.) led the Pioneers with four points on two goals and two assists. Mike Mawdsley (Innisfil, Ont.) scored twice for Sacred Heart as Matt Gannon (Huntington, N.Y.), Cody Marquis (Londonderry, N.H.), and Brian Masi (Smithtown, N.Y.) each recorded a goal and an assist. Ryan Hughes (Bayport, N.Y.) made 17 saves in goal.

Vermont (5-3) scored two minutes into Saturday's game as Graham Horvath buried an Ian MacKay pass into the back of the net. The Catamounts then took a 2-0 lead 1:07 later on a Dyson White tally. Sacred Heart (1-6) got on the board at the 10:48 mark when Brian Masi put in a Matt Gannon feed to make the score 2-1.

Horvath put Vermont's lead back to two, 3-1, 10 seconds later off the faceoff. The Catamounts tacked on another goal with 3:47 left in the quarter when Andrew Buckanavage dodged to the crease and put home a John Everett pass. Cody Marquis got on the scoresheet for the Pioneers with 1:52 to play in the first, cutting to the crease and scoring to get Sacred Heart back within two at 4-2.

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