Vermont Rolls Past Central Connecticut

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Sydney Mas and Vanessa VanderZalm combined for 13 goals to lead Vermont past Central Connecticut, 22-7, on Saturday in non-conference action at Arute Field. The Catamounts improve to 8-2 on the year and CCSU falls to 2-5.

Vermont tied its season-high with 22 goals, falling just one score short of tying the program record for most goals in a single game.

Mas tallied a career-high seven goals and added one assist for eight points total. The senior now has 198 goals in her career and is looking to become the first player in program history to reach the 200-goal plateau. VanderZalm registered six scores and Marcie Marino and Jessica Roach each picked up four points to help pace the Catamounts. Gretchen Remien netted a score in the fourth period for the first goal of her career.

The Catamounts tallied the game's first four goals as Jessica Roach and VanderZalm picked up two apiece before Meaghan McCurry notched Sacred Heart's first goal at the 21:24 mark. Vermont responded with three of the next four goals to open a 7-2 lead with 11:21 to play in the first.

With Vermont leading 8-4 at the 8:37 mark of the first period, the Catamounts rattled off three straight scores to add to their advantage. VanderZalm, Karli MacKendrick and Mas tallied the goals for the Catamounts as UVM opened an 11-4 lead.

The Catamounts notched three of the final four goals of the period, including two from Mas, to take a 14-6 lead into halftime.

Central Connecticut State collected the first score of the second half, as Elyse Malecki was able to find the back of the net off a feed from Toke. Mas answered back for the Catamounts with a pair of goals in a span of just over a minute to begin a Catamount run of eight straight goals.

VanderZalm registered the next three goals in just under three minutes of play to put UVM up 19-7. Meredith Moore, Emma Tizard and Gretchen Remien picked up the final three scores of the contest as Vermont earned the 22-7 win for its eighth victory of the year.

Freshman Mackenzie Maher played all 60 minutes in the Vermont cage, posting the win with a 13-save effort. Morgan Tullar made seven saves in the losing effort for Sacred Heart.

Vermont returns to action on Wednesday (March 26) for a home game against Dartmouth at 3:00 p.m.


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