Early Lead Pushes Vermont Past Lacrosse 18-7
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LEXINGTON, Va. -- Despite a four-point afternoon from senior Mickey Hofmeister, the Virginia Military Institute fell to visiting University of Vermont 18-7 Wednesday afternoon. The Catamounts went up 7-1 in the first quarter and held on for the non-conference win at Drill Field #2.

Hofmeister logged his second hat trick of the season, potting three goals and adding an assist to his afternoon. Freshman Dale Mattice, the reigning Atlantic Sun Conference Offensive Player of the Week, scored two goals, while sophomore midfielder Gage Snowbarger struck once and recorded an assist. Attackmen Ben Huger and Brad Nardella had one point each, the former with a goal and the latter with an assist.

The Catamounts’ offense was paced by six goals from Graham Horvath, who also tallied an assist. James Barlow finished with seven points on three goals and four assists while Nick Bartlett had six points on two markers and four assists. Patrick Clark had one goal along with four assists while Michael Clarke had two goals. America East Conference Rookie of the Week Ian MacKay logged a hat trick as well. Mark D’Anthony was only non-starter to score, while Dyson White and Thomas Martin had one assist apiece.

Vermont (3-2) had 15 assists in the game, with only three goals coming without help. The Catamounts scored on their of their four extra-man opportunities, including a six-on-four in the final two minutes of the game. VMI (1-5) was charged with six penalties, five of which came in the fourth quarter.

In goal for VMI, Evan Windisch, who was named the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, made 13 saves for VMI, including nine in the second half. Windisch suffered the loss, but made double-digit saves for the fifth time this season. Justin Rosenberg collected the win for Vermont, making 11 saves in the contest.

Vermont out-shot VMI 46-35 in the first meeting between the teams since 2010. The Catamounts ripped off 24 shots in the first half, putting 15 on cage en route to an 11-3 halftime lead. The Keydets took 18 of their shots in the second stanza.

The Catamounts controlled the faceoff X throughout the game. winning 19 of the game’s 29 draws. Andrew Muscara took 24 draws for Vermont, winning 17 of those efforts while VMI’s Mitch Wilson went 10-28. Longstick midfielder Ty Trobridge took one faceoff for VMI when the Keydets went down two men following Vermont’s 17th goal.

The Keydets gained the offensive zone on 20 of their 27 qualifying attempts, while Vermont failed to get it on offense just twice in 19 tries. Vermont won the groundball battle, collecting 47 against VMI’s 33. Wilson grabbed six grounders for VMI, longstick midfielder Pat Hine picked up five while defensemen Tom Brown and Rory Dillon snared four each.

VMI returns to action on Saturday as the Keydets open Atlantic Sun play at High Point University. Originally scheduled for noon, the Keydets first game in their new conference will now begin at 1 p.m. at Vert Stadium.