Vermont Stuns 16th-Ranked Stony Brook in Overtime

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Jessica Roach tallied the lone goal in overtime to lift Vermont past #15 Stony Brook, 8-7, on UVM's senior day Saturday at Virtue Field. The Catamounts finish the regular season with a 12-5 overall record and a 3-2 mark in conference play, while Stony Brook drops to 14-3 on the year and 4-1 in America East.

With the win, Vermont secured the No. 3 seed in the America East tournament. The Catamounts will play the second-seeded Albany Great Danes on Friday (May 2) at 7:30 p.m. at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium. The game will be streamed for free via America East TV, and can be accessed by clicking here.

Sydney Mas tallied two goals in the contest and now has 59 on the year, as she now owns the Vermont program record for most goals in a single season. The senior added an assist for her third point of the game, as she also became the UVM record-holder for most points in a single season (69).

Mas led the Catamounts with three points, while Roach and Vanessa VanderZalm also chipped in with two goals each. Amber Kupres of Stony Brook led all scorers with three goals in the contest.

Meg Hopkins earned the win in net for Vermont after stopping three shots. Frankie Caridi made five saves and took the loss for the Seawolves.

The game's first goal came at the 19:32 mark of the first period, when Roach found the back of the net to give Vermont the advantage. After Stony Brook scored twice to take the lead, Mas responded for UVM with a pair of goals to put the Catamounts back ahead. Dorrien Van Dyke tallied the final goal of the half to even the score at 3-3 heading into halftime.

Stony Brook began the second half with goals from Van Dyke and Kurpres in the first 10 minutes to take a two-goal advantage. Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the ensuing 13-plus minutes until Courtney Murphy scored to give the Seawolves a three-goal lead.

Karli MacKendrick answered for Vermont with an unassisted goal at the 5:22 mark, as she pulled UVM back within two scores. VanderZalm followed with a pair of scores, including the game-tying goal with 1:37 to play, as Vermont pulled even, 6-6.

Senior Samantha Gallerani scored off a feed from Mas with just 1:13 showing on the clock to give Vermont the 7-6 advantage. With just seconds remaining in the contest, Stony Brook's Kupres drew a foul and earned a free-position attempt. She converted the free-position with just one second left to send the game into overtime.

Roach tallied a goal with 3:21 remaining in the first overtime to give Vermont an 8-7 advantage, and the Catamount defense held off Stony Brook for the remainder of the overtime to earn the victory and clinch a spot in the conference tournament.

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Burlington, Vt. Junior midfielder Amber Kupres netted a hat trick, including a buzzer-beating goal to force overtime, but Vermont stole an 8-7 win over the No. 16 Stony Brook lacrosse team Saturday at Virtue Field.

Senior attacker Alyssa Cardillo dished out three helpers, and freshman attacker Dorrien Van Dyke scored twice for Stony Brook (14-3, 4-1 America East).

Sydney Mas, Jessica Roach and Vanessa VanderZalm recorded two goals apiece for Vermont (12-5, 3-2).

"Vermont played great. They played with emotion on their Senior Day and deserved to win. We left too many plays on the field and did not play with enough urgency. Lesson learned. It will not happen again as we look forward to the America East Championship." -- Head Coach Joe Spallina

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