Vermont vs. Umbc
April 26, 2014
The Game Story:
BURLINGTON, Vt. Graham Horvath and Andrew Buckanavage combined for seven goals, but Vermont fell to UMBC, 17-14, on Vermont's Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Virtue Field. The Catamounts wrap up the season with a 5-8 overall record and 0-5 mark in league play, while UMBC moves to 7-6 on the year and 3-2 in conference. Vermont honored seniors Nate Billings, Thomas Martin, Garrett Virtue, Derek Braig, Mark D'Anthony and Graham Horvath with a ceremony prior to the game as part of Senior Day. Horvath (4 g, 1 ast) and Buckanavage (3 g, 2 ast) combined to score 10 points for the Catamounts, while freshman Karl Weller added his first career multi-goal game with two scores. Nate Lewnes and Matt Gregoire tallied eight points apiece to lead UMBC to victory. Phil Poe won 28 faceoffs and picked up 20 ground balls for the Retrievers. Nate Billings and Justin Rosenberg split time in the Vermont cage, combining for nine saves in the contest. Connor Gordon earned the win in net for UMBC after stopping 10 shots. MacKay and Gregoire swapped goals in the opening seven minutes of play, before Vermont went on a 4-0 run to finish the first period. Four different Catamounts scored goals during the run, as UVM took a 5-1 advantage into the second quarter. UMBC scored 10 straight goals in the second period to open up an 11-5 lead. Lewnes tallied three of the scores, and Gregoire and Pat Young added two apiece to give the Retrievers the advantage. Vermont battled back to outscore UMBC 3-1 in the third period behind goals from James Barlow, Patrick Clark and Horvath. The Catamounts closed their deficit to 12-8 heading into the final quarter of play. After three UMBC goals to open the fourth period, Buckanavage tallied three straight scores, and Weller added his second of the game to pull Vermont within three, 15-12, with 4:58 showing on the clock. Lewnes added another score on the ensuing possession, but Horvath responded with a pair of goals in a span of 1:41 to cut the UMBC lead to 16-14 with just over a minute remaining. Lewnes picked up an insurance goal in the final minutes to send the Retrievers on for the victory. NOTE: Ian MacKay tallied 28 goals on the year, which is the most by a UVM rookie since Drew Philie scored 30 during his rookie campaign in 2010 ... The Catamounts went 5-3 in non-conference play this season ... Seven different Catamounts tallied double-digit points on the year