BURLINGTON – UVM soccer player Randy Montie is with his family in Canada, three days after he was reported missing, forcing the Catamounts to postpone a game with UMass.
At the team’s media day Thursday at Virtue Field, UVM Soccer head coach Rob Dow said there is no timeline for the first-year player to rejoin the team. Montie’s “health and well-being is a priority right now and getting care for that,” Dow said.
Montie was reported missing early Tuesday. Later that day, UVM announced that he had located safely and was with his family. No official details were available about why Montie was gone.
“We are healthy, focused, and [there’s] a lot of love for Randy right now,” said Dow. “We always say in these types of moments that the weld is stronger than the original mold and we’re going through that process right now.”
Fifth-year defender Garrett Lillie said the incident has brought the team closer. “We’re sticking together and we’re really glad that he’s all found and safe and all good,” he said.
Junior forward Max Murray said the team is focused on getting back on the field for Saturday’s game against UMAss Lowell on the road. The Catamounts next home game is October 8.
“Everybody around us is so helpful through this, and they’re helping us get through this as a team,” Murray said.