Friday, September 23, 2016

Catamounts Top Siena, 5-2

Final Score: Vermont 5, Siena 2
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Greer Wilson and Isabella Sericolo scored their first collegiate goals and Lena Benwood made seven saves as the Vermont field hockey team picked up a 5-2 win over Siena at Moulton Winder Field on Friday.

Vermont is now 6-3 on the season and is 6-0 at home for the first time since 1979. Siena drops to 1-6 following the loss.

UVM's five goals on the day are also the team's most in a single game since the squad recorded the same in a 5-2 win over Dartmouth on Oct. 3, 2007.

The Catamounts struck first on a goal from Carla Godsman in the 27th minute. Taylor Gaines took a shot just inside the circle that was redirected by Sericolo, then corralled by Godsman and put home amid a scramble.

Wilson then doubled Vermont's lead in the 33rd minute after chasing down a loose ball in the circle. Following a penalty corner, Landon Warren sent a shot toward goal but had it deflected away. On the far side, Wilson found the ball on her stick and fired it home.

With just seconds remaining in the opening half, Godsman fed the ball in front of the cage, finding Sericolo at the goal-line to tap it in for the tally to move the score to 3-0 in favor of UVM.

The Saints narrowed the deficit to 3-1 in the 43rd minute on Fariyah Omarshah's fourth goal of the year. Omarshah dribbled into the circle and slipped a shot between the leg guards of Benwood for the score.

Vermont regained a three-goal lead in the 48th minute when Anne-Marie Farmer found the top left corner of the cage on a shot from just inside the penalty corner mark for her third goal.

Siena continued the exchange in the 55th minute when Fabiana Citro tapped the ball home amid a scramble in front of the cage.

UVM wrapped up the day's scoring in the 65th minute when Landon Warren took a centering pass from Godsman and sent the ball past a diving Mary Crumlish for her team-high seventh goal.

Crumlish turned aside 15 shots for Siena, the most of any goalkeeper Vermont has faced this season.

Friday's result also gave Benwood her 13th career win, moving her into sole possession of eighth place in program history. Shannon Kelly (1991-94) sits in seventh all-time with 15 victories.

The Catamounts conclude non-conference play on Sunday, traveling to Cornell for a 1 p.m. match with the Big Red in Ithaca, New York.

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