BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Vermont women's lacrosse team defeated Colgate, 14-11, in the 2014 season opener Saturday afternoon at Virtue Field. Sydney Mas, Vanessa VanderZalm and Jessica Roach combined to score 11 goals to pace the Catamounts. With the victory, Vermont moves to 1-0 on the season while Colgate drops to 0-1.
Mas (5 goals) and VanderZalm (3 g, 2 ast) tallied a game-high five points apiece, while Roach added three goals and an assist. VanderZalm also led the team with six ground balls, six draw controls and four caused turnovers. Megan Ark paced the Raiders with four goals and one assist and Alison Flood chipped in three goals.
The Catamounts jumped out to an early lead behind goals from Roach and Mas just over a minute into the contest. Colgate responded with five straight scores, including two from Flood.
Vermont answered back with four straight tallies in the ensuing three-plus minutes to regain a 6-5 lead at the 11:55 mark of the first half.
The Catamounts closed out the first period with three consecutive goals in just over four minutes, including two from the program's all-time leader in goals, Mas. UVM took a 10-7 advantage into the half.
Ark opened the second half of play with two consecutive goals to pull the Raiders within one, 10-9. Vermont responded by scoring the next three, as Justine Allen, VanderZalm and Roach each picked up one score apiece.
Colgate pulled within two goals of Vermont with 5:14 to play, but Erica Estey tallied an insurance score on a man-up opportunity for UVM as the Catamounts closed out the 14-11 victory.
Meg Hopkins tallied her first career win in net for the Catamounts after making 12 saves in 60 minutes of play. Jennie Berglin collected 12 saves in the losing effort for Colgate. Vermont held a 17-10 advantage on draw controls, while Colgate held a slight advantage in ground balls (31-28)
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