March 7, 2012

Mackendrick Helps Vermont Hold Off High Point

from press release

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Sophomore Karli Mackendrick scored a career-high six goals to lead the Vermont Catamounts to an 18-14 victory at High Point on Wednesday.

Vermont is 4-0 on the season, matching the best start under head coach Jen Johnson. High Point falls to 3-2 on the season.

"We came out strong and executed our game plan, paying attention to and doing the little things. High Point made some adjustments at halftime and came out hustling after everything to battle back," said Vermont head coach Jen Johnson.

"I was pleased that we were able to maintain our composure and confidence to fight for the win. Laura Barber made some big saves for at the end of the game and we were able to get possession on some key draw controls. This is a good win for us and gives us more confidence heading into Saturday's game against UMass," said Johnson.

The Catamounts held a slim 3-2 leads at the 17:53 mark of the first half after Alexis Goldman converted an eight-meter shot for her fifth goal of the year.

Vermont opened up the game by rattling off four consecutive goals, capped by a free position shot by Mackendrick, to push UVM's lead out to five, 7-2, with 10:02 remaining in the half. UVM took a 10-4 advantage into halftime.

Sophomore Sydney Mas scored UVM's second goal of the second half at the 24:27 mark to give Vermont a 12-5 lead, but the Panthers rallied, scoring eight straight goals to take a 13-12 lead with 17:53 remaining in the game.

Mackendrick's sixth tally of the game evened the score at 13-13 with 16:23 left, but Chelsea Thompson answered for High Point to shove the Panthers back in front by one, 14-13, with 15:20 remaining.

The Catamounts were able to hold off High Point the rest of the way. UVM scored five straight goals to close out the game. Senior Allison Pfohl began the rally with an unassisted tally at the 13:42 mark and contributed three goals of UVM's final five scores.

Mackendrick also added three assists to finish the game with a career-high nine points. Mas chipped in four goals and Pfohl added a hat trick, all at the end of the game. Senior Laura Barber was credited with a career-high 16 saves in the Vermont net.

Thompson and Goldman led the Panthers in scoring, each scoring a hat trick. Thompson added an assist to finish the day with a team-high four points. Julia Burns and Anna Wallingford split time in the High Point net, combining to make 10 saves.

Vermont went 2-0 on its spring break trip to North Carolina. The Catamounts return home to host Massachusetts on Saturday (March 10) at 1 p.m. at Virtue Field. Live video of the game will be available for free via CatamounTV at UVMathletics.com.

NOTES: Mackendrick has eight career goals, six of them coming in today's game ... She scored her first career goal in a win over Siena and has recorded at least one goal in three straight games ... Vermont ranks second nationally among the Division I leaders in offense, averaging 17 goals per game ... UVM has had three different players lead the team in scoring through the first four games of the year ... Vermont also started the season 4-0 under Johnson to start the 2006 campaign.


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