Vermont vs. Siena
March 24, 2007
The Game Story:
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Siena senior Matt Donovan scored a transition goal with 2:18 left in overtime to give the Saints a hard-fought 7-6 victory against Vermont at Moulton Winder Field on Saturday afternoon. Siena improved to 3-3 with the win while Vermont dropped to 3-4 with the loss.

Senior Sean Layton (Wilmington, Mass.) scored with 4:18 left in regulation to tie the game at six for the Catamounts. UVM senior Daryl Swarts (Ann Arbor, Mich.) made 14 saves, including six stops in the fourth quarter to help force overtime.

Vermont won the opening face off in the extra session but a turnover led to Donovan’s game-winner as the Saints defeated the Catamounts for the first time in seven tries.

“This was our first overtime game of the season and we had a couple of opportunities that we didn’t cash in on,” Vermont head coach Ryan Curtis said. “Siena played a good game, they made smarter decisions. Our guys played hard but again we had some trouble with ground balls and mental errors.”

Senior Pete Hein (Greenwood Village, Colo.) recorded two goals to extend his season total to a team-high 16. He has recorded at least one goal in all seven games on the year.

Sophomore Andrew Kelleher (Delmar, N.Y.) added two goals and junior Trevor Wagar (Guelph, Ontario) notched the first goal of his career to round out the scoring for the Catamounts.

The Saints took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of goals by freshman Matt Girsh.

Vermont responded in the second quarter by rattling off three straight goals.

Wagar scored with 8:56 to go in the second after coming in from behind the cage and firing a shot past Siena goalie Brent Herbst. That pulled Vermont within 2-1.

The Catamounts tied the contest at two on a man-up goal by Kelleher with 3:28 to play in the second. Junior Andrew Pierson (Havre de Grace, Md.) setup the first of two goals on the day for Kelleher.

Just 24 seconds later Hein scored to give Vermont its first lead of the game at 3-2. The Saints answered with a goal before halftime to make it a 3-3 contest after 30 minutes.

Vermont and Siena each scored twice in the third quarter to make the score 5-5. Hein and Kelleher both had goals for the Catamounts while freshman Matt Dugan recorded a pair of man-up goals for the Saints.

In the fourth quarter, Siena jumped out to a 6-5 lead but Layton tied the game for Vermont with 4:18 to play.

Swarts made four saves in the last 1:45 of the contest for UVM, including a key stop from point blank range to force overtime.

Following a Vermont turnover in overtime, Donovan scored the game-winner for Siena with 2:18 left.

Vermont senior defenseman John Leonard (Woolwich, Maine) and senior midfielder Adam Kornuth (Denver, Colo.) both had a team-high four ground balls.

Siena outshot Vermont 34-23. The Saints went 2-for-5 on the man advantage while the Catamounts went 1-for-6.

The Catamounts return to action on Tuesday (March 27) when they host Brown at 3:00pm. Admission is free to all UVM men’s lacrosse home games in 2007.

GAME NOTES: Vermont leads the all-time series against Siena 6-1 … Hein has a team-high 19 points on 16 goals and three assists … Pierson has a team leading 10 assists … Layton has a team-high 39 shots … Vermont’s opponents are 19-for-34 on the man advantage this season.