Feiss' Sock Trick Highlights [16/19] Denver's Win over Vermont
Head coach Liza Kelly records 200th career win in decision over Catamounts
March 12, 2017
DENVER – The [16/19] University of Denver women’s lacrosse program had two career milestones reached on Sunday afternoon in a 14-4 win over unranked Vermont at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
Sophomore Julia Feiss tallied the first sock trick of her career and led the Pioneers (6-1) past the Catamounts (0-8) to give head coach Liza Kelly her 200th career Division-I victory on the sideline. Kelly becomes the 16th coach in NCAA history to reach 200 wins and the 10th fastest to do so, needing only 289 contests to accomplish the feat.
“The win was great but, when you do something for a long time, it becomes more about what we do each season than the overall record,” said coach Kelly about her career moment. “I feel very fortunate to have had some amazing coaches and teams by my side along the way to get this far.”
“As for the game, I’m glad we bounced back today,” added Kelly. “It has been a long week to prepare for this game, along with exams and everything else going on, and I thought the team did a good job showing their resiliency in coming out and playing hard today.”
Feiss finished with six goals on 11 shots, including one from the arc, to spearhead the attack, while fellow sophomore Elizabeth Behrins tallied her fifth hat trick of the young season with three goals, two on free position attempts, to go with two draw controls, one ground ball and one caused turnover. Redshirt-sophomore Katherine Fischer was the other Pioneer to tally multiple points, finishing with two on a goal and assist.
Senior Maddy Stevenson took the win for DU, making five saves on nine shots for a .555 percentage, as fellow seniors Layne Voorhees and Hunter Gray anchored the defense with three ground balls apiece, getting a trio of caused turnovers from Voorhees and a pair from Gray in the process. Denver also had help from the younger classes as sophomore Nicki Wilkinson added four ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers, to go with freshman Caroline Wyse posting a trio of ground balls in the win.
The Catamounts got one goal each from Jenna Janes, Alizon Bolt, Courtney Cole and Brynne Yarranton, while Maddy Kuras took the loss with 18 saves in 60 minutes of action.
Denver was in control from the start, getting Feiss’ first goal of the contest at the 26:16 mark to kick-start an 8-0 run as the Crimson and Gold held Vermont scoreless through the first 37:32 of the contest.
Meanwhile, Feiss tallied the hat trick with 9:31 remaining in the first half to bookend DU’s opening stanza, as with Behrins, junior Caitlin Derry and senior Emily Conway posted the other markers for Denver.
Feiss kept her momentum rolling within the first six minutes of the second half, getting her fourth goal at 24:08, matched by the first goal of the game from sophomore Audrey Schreck put the hosts up 8-0 at the 23:30 mark.
The Catamounts finally got on the board at 22:28 of the second stanza from Yarranton, eventually closing the gap to 8-4 by 13:12, but the Pioneers closed out the contest on a 6-0 run as Behrins recorded her fifth hat trick of the season at 7:17, but was one-upped by Feiss as the Baltimore native capped off DU’s 14-4 win with a pair of goals to set her new career high at six.
Denver will remain at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium next week with the first official BIG EAST contest of the 2017 campaign against Temple on Sunday, March 19, with opening draw set for 11 a.m. MT.
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