Vermont vs. Quinnipiac
March 25, 2006
The Game Story:
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Vermont rallied from an early four goal deficit to defeat Quinnipiac 14-10 at Moulton Winder Field. Sophomore Jamie Kirk (Orangeville, Ontario) scored a career high 10 points with four goals and six assists to lead the Catamounts to their fifth win in the last six games. Vermont improves to 6-2 on the season to exceed last year’s win total and match its best start since the 2001 season. With the loss Quinnipiac falls to 4-2.

“We spent all week talking about second half intensity and performance,” head coach Steve Beville said. “Our guys showed a lot of heart and guts to come back like we today. I’m proud of the way we played and how we stepped it up in the second half.”

The Catamounts trailed 5-2 at halftime but outscored the Bobcats 12-5 in the second half to pick up their third straight win in the series.

Quinnipiac jumped out to a 4-0 advantage but the Vermont responded with a pair of second period goals by junior Sean Layton (Wilmington, Mass.).

The Catamounts would tie the game at seven with 4:08 to go in the third period when Layton set up Kirk with a terrific pass in front. Kirk beat Quinnipiac goalie James Nastro with a high shot to pull Vermont even.

UVM took the lead for good less than one minute into the fourth quarter when Kirk assisted on senior Mike Maher’s (Huntington Station, N.Y.) second goal of the game. The score was the 19th of the year for Maher and it gave the Catamounts a 9-8 advantage. With two goals and one assist in the game Maher now has 99 career points.

Junior Clayton Phillips-Dorsett (Manchester, Vt.) added two fourth quarter scores for the Catamounts. Junior Brian Connelly (Wilton, Conn.), junior John Forbes (Hampton, N.H,), sophomore Gordon Holden (Glastonbury, Conn.) and junior Dan Zwirko (Longmeadow, Mass.) all added one second half goal apiece.

Sophomore goalie Matt Landsman (Lutherville, Md.) made 10 saves to pick up the victory. Senior Austin Humphries (Salem, Va.), junior Branden Moore (Beverly Hills, Mich.) and Forbes each had five ground balls.

The Catamounts return to action on Tuesday, March 28 when they visit Siena at 3:30pm.

GAME NOTES … Vermont’s six wins already this year match the second most in a season during Steve Beville’s tenure … His best season was eight victories in 2001 … The school record for points in a game is held by Scott Montgomery who had 12 points against Norwich in 1985 … Kirk’s 10 points today was just two shy of tying the record … Kirk has 29 points on the year passing his entire 2005 season output in just eight games.