Vermont Mounts Big Comeback to Defeat Dartmouth

BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Catamounts outscored Dartmouth 7-2 in the second half to come from behind and earn a 12-10 victory in non-conference women's lacrosse action Wednesday at Virtue Field. Vermont improves to 9-2 on the year, matching the program record for most wins in a single season, while Dartmouth falls to 4-4.

Sydney Mas registered a team-high four goals and now has 202 in her career. Mas is Vermont's all-time leader in goals and is the first player in program history to surpass the 200-goal plateau.

Marcie Marino pitched in with three scores and Danielle Seifert added two to help pace the Catamounts. Vanessa VanderZalm picked up a goal and an assist and added a game-high seven draw controls. Liz Calby and Jaclyn Leto registered four goals each to lead the Big Green.

Calby netted the first two scores of the game before Mas matched her with a pair of goals to even the score at the 23:08 mark. The second goal for Mas was the 200th of her career.

Dartmouth went on a run in the ensuing 10-plus minutes, scoring five of the next six goals. Calby and Leto tallied two apiece as the Big Green took a 7-3 lead with 8:45 left in the half. Karli MacKendrick and Marino responded for the Catamounts to cut the deficit to 7-5 before Leto registered one more score with 14 seconds left to give Dartmouth an 8-5 lead heading into halftime.

Lucy Mower and Marino notched the first two scores for Vermont in the second half before Leto tallied her fourth of the game to push the Dartmouth lead to 10-7. Danielle Seifert cut the UVM deficit to one with a pair of scores in a span of 1:35, and Sydney Mas followed with another goal to tie the game at 10-10 with 20:39 to play.

Mas gave the Catamounts their first lead of the game, 11-10, with 9:36 remaining on an unassisted goal. Marino added an insurance tally at the 7:13 mark to give Vermont a two-goal advantage. The Catamounts controlled play and held the ball for much of the remainder of the game as they went on to earn the 12-10 victory.

Freshman Mackenzie Maher made 10 saves to pick up her sixth win of the season in goal for Vermont. Kristen Giovanniello stopped eight shots and took the loss for Dartmouth.

Vermont opens America East play on Saturday, March 29 with a road contest at New Hampshire at 1:00 p.m.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. A disallowed goal midway through the second half for Dartmouth proved to be the difference in a 12-10 defeat at Vermont's Virtue Field Wednesday afternoon.

Jaclyn Leto's free-position shot with 14:36 remaining in regulation beat Catamount goalkeeper Mackenzie Maher to give the Big Green a one-goal lead, 11-10. However, referees ruled after the play that the stick's pocket was not legal, taking the goal off the board.

Vermont (9-2) seized momentum after that and went on to score the final two tallies of the contest to earn the victory.

For Dartmouth (4-4), the offense ran through the trio of Leto, Liz Calby and Danielle Lisovicz. Calby and Leto each had four goals in the game, while Liscoviz managed just one marker, but had five assists for a six-point effort.

The five assists were not only the first five of her career, but also are the most in a single-game in the last three years by any Dartmouth player. No one else on the current roster boasts a five-assist game as the mark is just two shy of the program record.

Leto tied her career high in goals - a figure she had reached twice before, including Saturday's win against Columbia - while Calby was one off of her career-best mark. Calby, one of three senior captains on the team, now has 83 career goals and 120 points, sitting just outside the top-20 for scoring in program history.

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