Cats fall in AE contest

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Women’s lacrosse lost to Boston University with a final score of 16-15 in the America East opener on Sat. March 25. BU defeated the Catamounts with a final score of 16-15.

Before this opening conference game loss, the Catamounts have had a successful opening season having gone 6-2

“We look at every conference game being of equal importance. Overall I feel that our team has been progressing very well this season,” said women’s lacrosse coach Jennifer Johnson. “We have used our non-conference games to build a solid foundation for conference play. This was a great first conference game and we look forward to our games ahead.”

            At halftime, the Terriers had earned a lead of one, 9-8. Two minutes coming out of the half, the Catamounts leveled the score with a goal from senior Adison Rounds. BU’s Danielle Etrasco, the former America East Player of the Year, scored the Terriers’ next three goals, earning a 12-11 lead.

            Sophomore Marcie Marino scored with 22:42 left to play. Marino’s goal – her third of the game – tied Vermont and BU for the sixth time at 12-12.

            With 10 minutes left to play, BU extended their lead off three straight goals to 15-12. Vermont once again managed to cut the lead to one with 6:04 to play with Marino’s fourth goal of the game to 15-14.

            Coming up to the final minute of the game, Marino scored her final goal to make the score 16-15. BU ran out the clock after Marino’s goal and earned the win for the first America East game of the season.

            “This was a very close game and one that we feel that we could have won. We learned that taking care of the little things and winning 50/50 balls are crucial in a tight game like this,” said Johnson. “If we had of won some of the draw controls towards the end of the game, this would have given us more possession time and opportunities to score.”

            Three separate Catamounts earned points during the game. Marino scored five times. Sophomore Sydney Mas and Rounds also added five points for UVM. Vermont’s goalie senior Laura Barber was credited with 14 stops.

            Women’s lacrosse will return to action March 29 to host UC Davis at 3 p.m. at Virtue Field.