Vermont Improves to 3-1, Tops Bryant 7-5
from press release
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sophomores Drew Philie and Luke Ryder each scored twice as Vermont used a 4-1 scoring edge in the second half to defeat Bryant at home on Saturday afternoon. The Catamounts improve to 3-1 on the year with the victory.
Philie added an assist for the Cats, while Geoff Worley added three points on a goal and two assists as Vermont has now held its opponent to six goals or less in each of its three victories this year.
"I'm proud of the guys today. We struggled a little in the second quarter but came out and responded after halftime," said Vermont head coach Ryan Curtis. "This was a gutsy win against a great team in Bryant. I thought our shooting could have been better, but the guys made the plays they had to when we needed them."
Philie opened the scoring just 1:54 into the contest to give UVM an early 1-0 advantage. The two teams traded goals back and forth for the first six scores of the game as Ryder netted both of his in the first half making it 3-3. The visitors took a 4-3 lead into the intermissoin after Gary Crowley scored with 15 seconds to go in the second quarter.
Worley tied the game up 2:41 into the third on a feed from Philie and then Philie tallied his second of the game to give the Cats a 5-4 lead. The Bulldogs (2-1) tied the score at 5-5 with 7:09 remaining in the contest, but Vermont responded by netting the final two goals of the game.
Senior Kyle Sminkey scored what proved to be the game-winner with 5:09 to go on a feed from freshman Kodie Englehart. Sophomore A.J. Masson wrapped up the scoring with an unassisted tally with only nine seconds left to push the lead to 7-5.
Junior David Barton earned the win in goal for Vermont by making 16 saves, as Bryant outshot the Catamounts 35-28 for the game. Senior Max Gradinger added a game-high eight ground balls for UVM, while senior Tom Frasca was 10-for-16 on faceoff attempts.
The Catamounts return to action on Tuesday when they travel to face top ranked Virginia starting at 7 p.m. The game will be a homecoming for UVM head coach Ryan Curtis who played for the Cavaliers and helped them win the 1999 national championship.
NOTES: Vermont is now 2-0 at home this year ... Saturday was the second meeting all-time between the two schools, as Bryant won the first match up 7-4 last season ... Vermont entered the game ranked sixth in New England, while Bryant was fourth ... Philie was named the America East Player of the Game.
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