Men's Lacrosse Vists Sacred Heart on Saturday
Mount St. Mary's (4-5, 1-0 NEC) at Sacred Heart (4-5, 1-0 NEC)
Saturday, April 9, 1:00 p.m.
Campus Field, Fairfield, Conn.
Mount Update: Mount St. Mary's lost to Georgetown, 13-7, on Tuesday night to fall to 4-5 on the season. The Hoyas scored a pair of goals in the final 15 seconds of the first half to take a 6-2 advantage. The Mount trailed 11-7 with just over five minutes left, but Georgetown scored the final two goals to seal the win. Eric Ososki paced the Mount with three goals while Brett Schmidt added a pair. Goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo made 11 saves in the game to become the Mount's all-time saves leader with 661 in his career. The Hoyas held a commanding 42-to-21 advantage in ground balls in the contest.
About the Pioneers: Sacred Heart rolled to an 18-4 win over Wagner last Saturday in the team's Northeast Conference opener. Eric Madigan had three goals and two assists to pace the Pioneers in the victory. Goalkeeper Zach Frank made nine saves while allowing three goals in 45 minutes of action in the win. Bryan Badolato leads the team with 28 points (18g, 10a) while Mike Mawdsley has 23 points (18g, 5a). Frank has a 9.65 goals against average and a .585 save percentage on the year.
The All-Time Series with the Pioneers: Mount St. Mary's holds a 4-0 lead in the all-time series that dates back to the 2000 season. Last season, the Mount held on for a 9-8 win over the Pioneers at Waldron Family Stadium on campus. The two squads met in 2000 and 2001 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season matchups. The Mount won 9-8 in 2000 and 15-10 in 2001. The Mount then downed Sacred Heart, 11-9, in the MAAC Tournament semifinals.
Last Year's Meeting: Mount St. Mary's withstood a late Sacred Heart rally to earn a 9-8 win over Sacred Heart last year at Waldron Family Stadium. Brett Schmidt and Jake Willertz each scored a pair of goals to pace the Mount in the win. Andrew Scalley scored with 2:53 left to give the Mount a 9-5 lead, but Sacred Heart scored three straight times to cut the Mount advantage with 9-8 with 28 seconds left. The Mount won the ensuing face-off, but turned the ball over with 17 seconds on the clock. Sacred Heart got the ball to leading scorer Timmy Katz, but his low shot was stopped by goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo with 1.8 seconds remaining. DiBartolo finished the game with 13 saves. Bryan Badolato had two goals and an assist for Sacred Heart in the win.
DiBartolo Sets Career Saves Record: Senior goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo made 11 saves in the Mount's 13-7 loss to Georgetown to break the Mount's all-time save record. DiBartolo has 661 career saves in 55 games as a Mountaineer, besting the old mark held of 655 set by Sean Elder (1997-00). DiBartolo is third all-time at the Mount with a 9.89 goals against average and 10th with a .569 save percentage.
Brett Schmidt on Hot Streak: Junior attack Brett Schmidt has tallied 16 points (12g, 4a) over the past four games to move into the team lead with 27 points (17g, 10a). Schmidt had a career-high five goals and an assist in the Mount's 21-7 win over VMI to start the streak. He followed with four-point games against Loyola (2g, 2a) and Robert Morris (3g, 1a). The junior had a pair of goals against Georgetown on Tuesday night.
The Northeast Conference: Mount St. Mary's defeated Robert Morris, 12-11, last Saturday in the inaugural NEC game for the Mountaineers. The Northeast Conference is in its first season in men's lacrosse this year. With the addition of Bryant to the league, the NEC had six member schools playing men's lacrosse, leading to the formation of the conference. Joining the Mount in the NEC for men's lacrosse are Bryant, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart and Wagner.
Lehrer Reaches 100-Point Plateau: Junior attack Cody Lehrer scored a pair of goals against Loyola to become the 21st player in Mount history to reach the 100-point plateau. Lehrer is second on the team with 20 goals this season. After scoring two times in the opening three games, Lehrer has scored 17 goals over the past six games. Lehrer has moved into 12th-place on the Mount's all-time goal list with 82.
Scoring Outburst: The Mount's 21-goal game at VMI on Tuesday was the Mount's highest scoring game since a 21-5 victory over Siena on April 22, 2001.
Good Day for the Schmidts: Twin brothers Brett and Bryant Schmidt combined for seven goals and four assists in the Mount's 21-7 win at VMI. Brett tallied a career-best five goals while adding an assist in the game with Bryant chipping in two goals and three assists. The pair factored in on 11 of the Mount's 21 goals in the game.
Streaking: Attack Andrew Scalley is riding a 26-game point- scoring streak for the Mountaineers. Scalley has tallied 52 goals and 23 assists for 75 points during the 26-game streak, which started with his first career game against Virginia last year. Scalley had his streak of 13 consecutive games with a goal snapped at Drexel.
Long Stick Scoring: Long stick midfielder Mark Burns scored his third goal of the year against Georgetown and now has three goals and three assists on the season. Burns leads the team with eight caused turnovers while he is second on the squad with 24 ground balls.
Brotherly Love: The Mount's roster features brothers Justin, Brett and Bryant Schmidt. Justin is a senior defender and has 16 ground balls and six caused turnovers in nine starts. Twins Brett and Bryant are among the top scorers on the team. Brett leads the team with 27 points (17g, 10a) while Bryant is fourth with 17 points (10g, 7a).
Brett Schmidt Nabs Second Consecutive NEC Weekly Honor: Junior attack Brett Schmidt was named the Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, the second consecutive week he has earned the honor. Schmidt tallied three goals and an assist in the Mount's 12-11 win over Robert Morris on Saturday. Schmidt, who has tallied 14 points over the past three games, was also named the NEC Offensive Player of the Week on March 28. Schmidt had seven goals and three assists in the Mount's two games on the week. He opened the week with a career-high five goals while dishing out an assist for a six-point day in the Mount's 21-7 win at VMI. He added two goals and two assists in the Mount's 14-10 loss to Loyola.
DiBartolo Shares Defensive Player of the Week Award: Senior goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo was named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. DiBartolo made 12 saves in the Mount's 12-11 win over Robert Morris, including several in one-on-one situations. He added six ground balls in the game as well. DiBartolo is five saves shy of matching the Mount's school record of 655 career saves set by Sean Elder (1997-00).
Lehrer and Trapp Earn Weekly Honors: Attack Cody Lehrer was named the NEC's Co-Offensive Player of the Week while Ben Trapp as the league's Defensive Player of the Week on March 14. Lehrer scored six times in the Mount's 16-9 win over Jacksonville while adding a goal and an assist in a win over Detroit to earn the honor. Trapp won 37-of-51 face-offs during the two wins, averaging 9.0 ground balls to grab the weekly honor.
Head Coach Tom Gravante: Mount St. Mary's head coach Tom Gravante is in his 16th season at the helm of the men's lacrosse program. Gravante has led the Mount to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances (2003 and 2010). He has a career mark of 111-135 and he trails Randy Kilgore (1970-89, 120-92) on the Mount's all-time win list by nine. He was named the Coach of the Year by both the Northeast Conference and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference last season. Gravante owns four MAAC Coach of the Year honors and he led the Mount to six championship game appearances in the 11 seasons the MAAC held a postseason tournament.
Mount Picked Third in NEC Preseason Poll: The Mount has been tabbed to finish in third place in the NEC Preseason Coaches Poll. Robert Morris has been picked as the league favorite, followed by Bryant, the Mount, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and Wagner.
Up Next: Mount St. Mary's visits Quinnipiac on Saturday, April 16, for a 1:00 p.m. Northeast Conference game.