Cats collect

The men’s soccer team enters their America East semifinal game on Wednesday with a lot of momentum.Not only have they won their last three games, they are riding the high of being the best defensive team in the league.After going 3-7 in non-conference games and being outscored 12-6, the Cats turned around the season, going 4-2-2 in league play and shutting out their last five opponents.The backbone of the defense was rewarded this past week when the All-Conference and Academic All-Conference teams were announced.Defensemen and co-captains senior Panos Georgiadis and junior Connor Tobin lead a group of four Catamounts selected to the All-Academic Team.Junior Jordan Crasilneck and senior Loren Hill joined them to give Vermont the most members on the team for a second straight year.Tobin and Hill were also rewarded with first team All-Conference selections.Sophomore T.J. Gore and junior Roger Scully joined Georgiadis on the second team.This core was instrumental in the Cats’ march to the America East’s #2 seed and a date with UNH on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Centennial Field for a chance to go to the conference finals.This game marks the seventh time in the last two seasons that the Catamounts and Wildcats have played in Burlington, including last sea?son’s semifinal game, which UVM won 1-0.The Cats are seeking their seventh trip to the conference finals and ultimately their fourth title, which would be their first since 2000.