Burlington, Vt. – University of New Hampshire freshman forward Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.) notched his seventh goal of the season, but the tally wasn’t enough as Vermont rallied with two unanswered goals to prevail in double overtime, 2-1, in their America East Conference opener on Saturday afternoon played on Centennial Field
The Wildcats drop to 5-3-2, 0-1-0 and lose their first overtime decision of the season. The two previous overtimes were decided by a draw. The Vermont Catamounts improve to an overall record of 4-4-2.
Banks recorded his seventh goal at the 37:36 mark when he caused a Vermont turnover and in turn scored from five-yards out. UNH held the Catamount offense in check for the rest of the half, holding on to a 1-0 halftime lead.
In a physical game that led UNH to one red and three yellow cards, the penalties quickly played a huge factor as Vermont scored on Jordan Crasilneck’s penalty kick in the 73rd minute to even the score at 1-1. The contest wasn’t decided until the second overtime during the 103rd minute when Catamount forward Tyler Hasman received a pass from teammate T.J. Gore and delivered the game winner from 15-yards out on a low drive towards the left side of the net.
UNH senior goal keeper Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.), who recently set the all-time UNH shutout record with 22 in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Massachusetts was credited with the loss. Levey notched three saves on 14 attempted shots in goal.
The Wildcats attempt to get back to a .500 conference record when they travel to Binghamton on Thursday (Sept. 27) for their second conference contest, which starts at 4:00 p.m.