Cats win Classic

The UVM Field Hockey team shut out the Davison College Wildcats 3-0 in the final game of the Sheraton Catamount Classic Sept. 10 at the Moulton Winder Field.UVM dominated the entire game with the majority of play in their offensive circle but could not get a goal into Davidson’s cage until the 23rd minute. Despite the congestion around the cage, senior Nikki Desch was able to put the ball past Wildcat goal keeper Brittany Rollek with an assist from senior Liz Berry.Less than two minutes later junior Danielle Collins took a shot from the circle and slipped it past the goaltender, expanding Vermont’s lead to 2-0 at the end of the first half of play.The Catamounts took an unprecedented 21 shots in the first half but were only able to tally the two goals.”The girls just needed to calm down and be more patient,” head coach Nicki Houghton said. “They were swinging too much and needed to settle down and catch their balance in the attacking circle. Once they did that, they really allowed us to finish this game strong.”In the second half of the game Davidson increased the intensity of play and was able to bring the ball down into the Vermont circle. But the Wildcats were not able to break through the defense led by Cats goalkeeper, the redshirt freshman, Kristen Heavens. UVM fought back and was able to move the ball back up to Davidson’s goal where sophomore Maegan Luce shot and scored an unassisted goal in the 54th minute.Almost immediately after Vermont’s third goal of the game, Davidson substituted goalies, allowing senior Rachel Kiselewich to see some playing time.”We really didn’t notice the switch,” Luce said of the new goalie. “We kept pressuring and attacking the goal regardless of who was in it or how fast the rebounds came. We just wanted to get more shots off and secure the game.”The remainder of play was almost even in the second half. Davidson was able to get more penalty corners but were unable to put the ball away as the Catamount’s defense held strong. “We have great communication and were able to adjust to whatever Davidson put in front of us,” Heavens said. “I worked a year for today and the entire defense was there to support and talk so that we could form a unit and win the game as a team.”Heavens got the shutout in her first game on the Vermont Field Hockey team, which won the Classic with a 2-0 record. Vermont’s first place finish improves them to 3-3 on their season. And even with the loss, Davidson took second place in the tournament. Miami (Ohio) finished third after 3-0 victory over UNH, who fell to 0-5 on their season.Collins, Luce, Kim Striegler, and Jen Angers were recognized as part of the All-Tournament Team.”On this team everyone is crucial,” Houghton said. “The game doesn’t rely on one person and this tournament was won by a team effort.”