Catamounts cruise past Binghamton in women's lacrosse

BURLINGTON UVM Freshman Megan MacDonald (Wayland, Mass.) and sophomore Sarah DeStefano (Eliot, Maine) scored a career-high five goals each as the Vermont Catamounts scored a season-high 23 goals to cruise to a 23-9 victory over visiting Binghamton in the regular season finale at Moulton Winder Field on Sunday afternoon. Junior Kristen Millar (Whitby, Ontario) also became the all-time leading scorer at Vermont with her assist on Sara Buxtons (Northfield, Ill.) goal at the 17:12 mark of the first half. She finished the game with a goal and three assists to bring her career point total to 177. Millar broke the mark of 173 career points held by former standout Vanessa Cox set in 2005. Vermont got off to a slow start and with the score tied, 4-4, at the 21:35 mark the Catamounts called a timeout. Following the timeout UVM rattled off six straight goals to take a 10-4 lead with 11:07 left in the first half. Vermont went into halftime with a 14-6 advantage and didnt look back. After Binghamton scored the first goal of the second half, Vermont went on to score nine of the next 11 tallies. MacDonald added three assists to go along with her five tallies for a career-high eight points on the afternoon and tied the UVM freshman record for most goals in the season (27) that was set by Millar in 2006. Senior Emilie Clark (Calais, Vt.) added a season-high four goals and surpassed the 50-career goal milestone. Leanne Musso and Erica Hill scored two goals each to lead Binghamton and Lisa Illing recorded two assists. Vermont out shot Binghamton 51-26 in the contest and held a 25-9 advantage in draw controls. Meaghan Hanley (Fort Pierce, Fla.) and Ali Trainor (Severn, Md.) combined to make six stops in the Vermont net. Sandra Alvarez and Lauren Scott made 13 saves for Binghamton. Vermont improves to 8-8 overall and 5-1 in America East. The Catamounts post their first non-losing season since 1994 and the eight wins are the most since 1993. Vermonts five conference victories are the most ever in the programs history and UVMs second place finish in the league standings is the highest ever. Vermonts season continues on Friday (April 25) in the 2008 America East Womens Lacrosse Semifinals. The No. 2 Catamounts are returning to the tournament for the first time since 2003 and will take on No. 3 New Hampshire at 4:00pm at Nickerson Field at Boston University. No. 1 Boston University faces No. 4 Albany at 1:00pm on Friday. The winners will meet in the championship game on Sunday (April 27) at 1:00pm at Boston U. Tickets for the tournament will be available at the gate on Friday and Sunday. All-session passes for adults will be $15, while all-session tickets for youths 14 and under and America East students with a valid ID will be sold for $4. Individual tickets will be $8 for adults and $2 for youths and America East students. Special thanks to UVM for permission to reprint special athletic news items.

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