February 24, 2012

Colgate Snowed Under by Vermont, Stern

from press release

 Courtesy Vermont athletics

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Senior Samantha Stern tallied 11 points on five goals and six assists, including her 100th career point as a Catamount to lead Vermont past Colgate, 18-12, in the first-ever game at newly built Virtue Field on the University of Vermont campus.  Stern also tied the school record for most assists in a game (6), becoming the fourth different Catamount to reach the mark.
 
“First game of the year and first win here at Virtue Field, I thought it was a great start,” said Vermont head coach Jen Johnson.  “We had some lapses, but I think given the conditions things got a little sloppy at times. But, overall we never lost the lead.  Credit Colgate as they battled back in the second half, but we did the little things we needed to do to come out with the win.”
 
In the first snowstorm of the year, the Catamounts christened Virtue Field with a goal three minutes into the action.  Senior Natalie Jones finished off a feed from Stern to net the first goal on the new turf and gave the Catamounts a 1-0 lead.
 
Colgate quickly evened the score with a goal off the stick of Monica White, but Vermont rattled off five straight tallies, including three by Stern, to push their lead to five with 20:47 remaining in the half.
 
The Catamounts pushed their advantage to seven with another three goal outburst, but the Raiders rallied and rolled off four consecutive goals, including a pair from Courtney Miller to slice the lead to three, 9-6, at the 5:06 mark.
 
Stern countered with two of UVM's final three goals to close the half and Vermont held a 12-6 lead at the break.
 
Colgate gained the momentum coming out of halftime, scoring the first three goals of the half to climb back within three, but the Catamounts outscored the Raiders 6-3 over the final 15 minutes of the game to post the win.
 
Sophomore Sydney Mas added five goals for Vermont and classmate Marcie Marino chipped in four points on a pair of goals and assists.  Adison Rounds collected a game-high 10 draw controls and scored twice for UVM. Laura Barber made 10 stops in the Vermont net to earn the win.
 
Miller led Colgate with five points on four goals and one assists.  She also contributed six draw controls. Christina Roa and Jennie Berglin combined to make eight saves in net for the Raiders.
 
Vermont opens the season with a 1-0 record and snaps a 10-game losing streak to Colgate.  The Raiders fall to 0-3 on the year.
 
Vermont returns to action on Wednesday (Feb. 29) when the Catamounts host Siena at 3 p.m. at Virtue Field.  Tickets are available at the Gutterson Fieldhouse Ticket Office the day of the game.  Live video of the game will be available for free via CatamounTV at UVMathletics.com.
 
NOTES: America East Player of the Game: Samantha Stern … Stern entered the game with 93 career points and increased her total to 104, ranking 11th among the all-time leaders … Stern also pushed her career goal total to 81, which is 10th among the all-time goal scorers at UVM … Stern handed out six assists against Colgate, she totaled four all of last year and 10 in the past two seasons … Stern tied the school record of most assists in a game (6), the last player to reach that mark was Emilie Clark vs. Siena on March 7, 2007 … Vermont out shot Colgate 35-28 and held a 10-3 advantage in draws in the second half … UVM's last win over Colgate was 11 games ago on Apr. 1, 1994 (14-6) in Hamilton, N.Y.


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