Vermont vs. Hartford
April 23, 2005
The Game Story:
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The University of Vermont men's lacrosse team got
11 saves from senior Mike Gabel (Falmouth, Mass.) and two goals each
from senior Chris Legare (Derry, N.H.) and sophomore Sean Layton
(Wilmington, Mass.) in an 11-7 win over Hartford in America East
action at Centennial Field Saturday.

The win, Vermont's second straight, was the first win in league play
for the Catamounts, now 1-4 in America East action. Coach Steve
Beville's team, 4-7 overall, needed to win and also needed Quinnipiac
to defeat Binghamton today for the Catamounts to have any shot at a
playoff berth. Binghamton defeated Quinnipiac, 6-3, clinching the
fourth and final America East playoff spot.

The Catamounts jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead on goals by Layton,
Brian Connelly (Wilton, Conn.), Andrew Holden (Glastonbury, Conn.)
and senior captain Myles Jewell (Sudbury, Mass.), but Hartford
responded with goals by Josh Wasson and Brian Tilley to make it 4-2
after one quarter.

The teams traded goals in the early part of the second quarter before
Vermont senior Colin Thompson (Shelburne, Vt.) and Gordon Holden
(Glastonbury, Conn.) scored late to give the Catamounts an 8-4 lead
at the half.

The Catamounts then outscored Hartford, 2-10 and 0-6, two goals to
none in the third quarter and despite three goals by the Hawks in the
final 15 minutes, had enough to hang on for the victory.

Freshman Jamie Kirk (Orangeville, Ont.), Vermont's leading scorer
with 23 points this season, had a goal and three assists for the
Cats, while Mike Maher (Huntington Station, N.Y.) also scored for
Vermont. Austin Humphries (Salem, Va.) chipped in two assists.

For Hartford, Wasson had four goals and an assist while Tilley scored
twice and Matt Holman also scored.

In goal, Gabel was sharp, finishing with 11 saves in his final
appearance at Centennial Field. For Hartford, Alex Finkelman started
and gave up eight goals while posting six saves in the first half.
Franklin Pargh relieved him in the second half and had five saves
while allowing three goals.

The game marked the final home game for six Vermont seniors: Gabel,
Jewell, Legare, Thompson, Bill Masiulis (East Meadow, N.Y.) and Jesse
Shaw (Stonington, Conn.). The six Catamounts were honored with a
brief pre-game ceremony that included their parents.

The Catamounts finish out the 2005 season next Saturday at
Quinnipiac. Game time is 1:00pm.