BURLINGTON, Vt. - The UNH Wildcats gave up two goals to Vermont senior Tony Anderson as the Catamounts won, 2-1, Wednesday afternoon, clinching a home match and forcing the Wildcats to travel for the first round of the America East Tournament on Saturday.
Anderson scored the first goal of the game in the 20th minute, when he corralled a crossing pass from Patrick Wyld and converted from 10 yards away. A minute earlier, Anderson earned a penalty kick, but he hit the right post with his shot.
The Wildcats earned some momentum going into halftime, as freshman Bryan Stewart (Swanzey, N.H.) gained possession after a scramble and sent the ball past Vermont goalie David Sullivan to tie the score with 28 seconds remaining in the first half. The goal was Stewart's fourth of the season, tying him for the team lead.
Anderson struck again midway through the second half, as Joey Gislason sent a free kick in the air that Anderson sent past UNH goalie Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) on a header. Anderson finished the match with six of Vermont's 17 shots, with Gislason and Scott Webb each contributing three shots.
UNH finished with 13 shots in the match, led by Stewart's four chances and three shots from senior Tyler Jackson (Amherst, N.H.). Levey earned two saves in the match, while Sullivan had three saves for Vermont (9-5-4, 4-3-2 America East).
New Hampshire (5-6-6, 3-3-3 America East) finishes the regular season in a tie for sixth place with UMBC, but a 2-1 victory over the Retrievers on October 6 gives the Wildcats the final slot in the conference tournament. UNH will head to Binghamton to face the Bearcats on Saturday, November 6, at 1 p.m.