Vermont vs. Quinnipiac
April 21, 2004
The Game Story:
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Vermont's Mark Prior (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored 41 seconds into the second overtime as the Catamounts defeated Quinnipiac, 8-7, to keep their America East men's lacrosse playoff hopes alive Wednesday. Catamount goalie Mike Gabel (Falmouth, Mass.) was outstanding in net for the Catamounts, recording 13 saves, including three key stops in the first overtime.

Vermont, 2-2 in conference play and 5-7 overall, host first-place Binghamton Saturday in another important America East contest for the Catamounts. Binghamton is 4-0 in the league and has already clinched a post-season playoff berth. Quinnipiac, 1-10 overall and 0-4 in conference play, jumped out to a 3-1 lead after one quarter on goals by Josh Murray, Eric Trama and Andy Pelletier. Pelletier scored two more in the second quarter while Vermont got two goals from Denning Coates (Montpelier, Vt.) to make it 5-3 at the half.

Vermont made a run in the third quarter with three goals, with Pete Hein (Greenwood Village, Colo.), Coates and Prior finding the net. Quinnipiac could manage only one goal, a nice individual effort by Jimmy Montana with 4:31 remaining, and the teams headed into the fourth quarter tied at 6-6.

The Catamounts took a 7-6 lead when freshman Sean Layton (Wilmington, Mass.) scored his 20th goal of the season with 9:12 remaining. Quinnipiac responded on Pelletier's fourth goal of the afternoon with just 49 seconds remaining, and the score remained deadlocked at 7-7 through the first four-minute overtime.

In the second overtime, Vermont's Myles Jewell (Sudbury, Mass.) won the faceoff and the Cats set up the final play. Prior, at the top of the crease, took a nice shovel pass from Austin Humphries (Salem, Va.) and ripped a shot past Quinnipiac goalie James Nastro, who was terrific in net, recording 13 saves.

Coates finished with three goals and Prior had two for Coach Steve Beville's team. Layton had a goal and an assist, and Phil McKnight (Baltimore, Md.) had a goal. Humphries had two assists, while freshman Dan Zwirko (Longmeadow, Mass.) had one assist.

For Quinnipiac, Pelletier finished with four goals. Montana had a goal and two assists and Tramaa had a goal and an assist. Josh Murray scored one goal and Brian Vaccaro recorded an assist.