BURLINGTON, Vt. – Freshman Ian MacKay scored five goals to lead Vermont to a 13-8 victory over Dartmouth in men’s lacrosse action Tuesday at Virtue Field. With the win, Vermont improves to 1-2 on the season while Dartmouth falls to 0-2.
MacKay tallied a game-high five goals and Michael Clarke added three scores and one assist, as both freshmen picked up the first goals of their careers. Dyson White also added his first career goal on a man-up opportunity in the fourth quarter. Andrew Buckanavage helped pace Vermont with two goals, as he registered his first multi-goal game of the season. Sophomores James Barlow and John Everett each collected one assist in the contest for the first of their careers.
The Catamounts outscored Dartmouth 3-2 in the first period behind two scores from MacKay. Sophomore Patrick Clark picked up an assist on MacKay’s second tally, and also added a man-up goal to close out the first period and send Vermont into the second with a one-goal advantage.
Mike Olentine opened the scoring in the second quarter off an assist from KC Beard to even the score at 3-3. Vermont responded just over a minute later with scores from Buckanavage and MacKay, before Dartmouth picked up two straight goals from Billy Heidt and Beard to knot up the score.
The Catamounts closed out the first half with three goals in the final four minutes of play. MacKay, Buckanavage and Clarke each picked up a goal during the stretch to send Vermont into halftime with an 8-5 lead.
Everett tallied an unassisted goal for the first score of the second half at the 9:03 mark of the third period. The goal pushed Vermont’s lead to 9-5, but Dartmouth answered back with tallies from Heidt and Jack McCormick to cut the deficit to two. Clarke added another goal with just under three minutes in the quarter to push the Catamount lead to 10-7 heading into the final period.
Vermont controlled play in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Big Green 3-1 in the final stanza. Clarke picked up two points (1 g, 1 ast) in the quarter, as Vermont closed out the 13-8 victory for its first win of the season.
Justin Rosenberg made 13 saves in the cage to collect the win for the Catamounts. Jake Landman stopped three shots for Dartmouth in the losing effort.
Vermont’s next game is this Saturday (March 1) at Boston University. The game is scheduled for 12 p.m.
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