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On an overcast and chilly afternoon the University of Vermont Catamounts lost their regular season finale to the Dartmouth Big Green 2-1 in a non-conference game.The game does not affect Vermont’s (8-6-4, 5-1-2 AE) conference standing after they locked up a first round bye and the second seed in America East behind the University of Binghamton. The outcome of the game however was not the story. The game instead belonged to the two Vermont seniors, Chris Scherbel and captain Corey Bronner. It was only fitting that on senior day, Scherbel would get the Catamounts on the board first. Just 7:15 into the game, sophomore Jordan Crasilneck’s shot was saved by Dartmouth goalkeeper Sean Milligan, but he was not able to secure the ball. Scherbel knifed in and hammered the rebound home into the lower left corner of the net to put Vermont on top 1-0.”It’s a great feeling to score a goal on any day,” said Scherbel of his first goal of the season. “It’s just more special when it happens to come on senior day.”Dartmouth answered in the 38th minute when Dani Rothenberg capitalized on a turnover in the UVM zone, dribbled into the box and beat freshman goalkeeper Kyle Tufts to even the score at 1-1.In the second half many of Vermont’s bench players saw time on the field. Sophomore Caleb Doyle-Burr and freshman Matt Hennessey took advantage of their time and played very well.Dartmouth was able to take the lead in the 75th minute when Nick Christman sent a low cross into the box to Derek Stenquist who put the ball in the back of the net to give Dartmouth a 2-1 advantage.Vermont had a chance late in the game to tie. Freshman T.J. Gore crossed the ball to Crasilneck in front of the goal but he couldn’t connect on the equalizer.When asked about his career at UVM Corey Bronner said, “You have to put in a lot of work, early mornings, sacrifice, you are a student, but you have a job, but I have made some of my best friends here and it has been a life lesson.” “Simply put, its been amazing,” Scherbel said. “I’ve appreciated the whole experience.”Bronner is a finance major and is currently interviewing for potential jobs, but is hoping to continue his soccer career.Scherbel is likely headed for law school once he is finished at Vermont.As far as the postseason is concerned both Bronner and Scherbel said they would like to go out on top and get an America East championship to cap their careers.Vermont had six players earn All-Conference honors this season. Crasilneck and Gore were named to America East first team while junior captain Panos Georgiadis and sophomore Conner Tobin were named to the second team. Gore joined fellow freshman Nick Mead and Rem Keilman on the America East’s All-Rookie team. Vermont will host the winner of the New Hampshire vs. Stony Brook game on Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m.