Men's Lacrosse Welcomes Top-Ranked Virginia to Waldron Family Stadium on Tuesday
MOUNT ST. MARY'S (1-0) vs. No. 1 VIRGINIA (3-0)
Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Md. * Waldron Family Stadium
MOUNT UPDATE: Mount St. Mary's posted a 12-10 win at No. 16 Delaware on Saturday afternoon in the season opener. Daniel Stranix scored three goals with Andrew Scalley and Brett Schmidt chipping in two each in the victory. The Mountaineers had eight different goal scorers in the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Chris Klaiber made 13 saves in his first collegiate start to post the win. With the score tied at 9-9 midway through the fourth quarter, Scalley, Schmidt and Stranix scored consecutive goals to lift the Mount to the win. It was the Mount's third-ever win over a ranked program in school history.
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS: No. 1 Virginia defeated Stony Brook, 12-5, at home on Saturday to move to 3-0 on the season. Colin Briggs had a career-high seven points and Steele Stanwick added two goals and three assists to lead the Cavaliers to the victory. Briggs (6g, 6a) and Stanwick (4g, 8a) are tied for the team lead with 12 points each while Chris Bocklet (4g, 5a) Owen Van Arsdale (6g, 1a), Matt White (5g, 2a) and Mark Cockerton (5g, 2a) add to the balanced scoring in the lineup. Rob Rortunato is the starting goalkeeper with a 6.46 GAA and a .644 save percentage in the three games.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Virginia holds a 9-0 lead in the all-time series that began with an NCAA First Round matchup in 2003. The Cavaliers defeated the Mount, 22-6, last year, as the teams have met in each of the past seven seasons. Virginia defeated the Mount twice in 2010, winning 15-7 in the season opener at Waldron Family Stadium before taking an 18-4 win over the Mount in the NCAA First Round on May 15. This will be the third consecutive time that Virginia has been ranked No. 1 in the nation when facing Mount St. Mary's. The Cavaliers have been ranked either first or second in the nation in eight of the nine all-time meetings.
THE MOUNT vs. RANKED OPPONENTS: Mount St. Mary's is 3-43 all-time against ranked opponents since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89 after the 12-10 win at No. 16 Delaware on Saturday. All three wins have come since 2010 with the Mount defeating No. 10 Lafayette (14-12) and No. 19 Robert Morris (19-13) in 2010. This will be the third time the Mount has faced the No. 1 team in the nation. The other two times also came against Virginia with the Cavaliers winning 18-4 on March 15, 2010 and 22-6 on Feb. 22, 2011.
THE NATIONAL POLLS: The Mount St. Mary's men's lacrosse team, coming off a 12-10 win over No. 16 Delaware on Saturday, is receiving votes in both national men's lacrosse polls this week. Mount St. Mary's was listed in the also receiving votes section in both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches' Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll this week.
SOLID START: Sophomore Chris Klaiber has big shoes to fill in the cage for the Mountaineers. Klaiber takes over for All-Conference goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo, who was the 2011 NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Klaiber had a strong debut in his first collegiate start, making 13 saves in the Mount's 12-10 win over No. 16 Delaware on Saturday.
SCALLEY'S STREAK: Junior attack Andrew Scalley has recorded at least one point in all 33 career games he has played. Scalley has accumulated 72 goals and 31 assists for 103 points during the streak, which began in his first collegiate game on Feb. 23, 2010, against Virginia. Scalley's streak is the sixth-longest in the country right now, behind Cornell's Rob Pannell (52), Denver's Alex Demopoulos (38), Albany's Joe Resetartis (36), Bryant's Peter McMahon (34) and Ohio State's Logan Schuss (34).
MORE STREAKS: Brett Schmidt, who scored twice in the win at No. 16 Delaware, has scored at least one goal in 14 consecutive games, the fifth-longest current streak in the nation. Schmidt has tallied 37 goals over the 14-game stretch. Teammate Andrew Scalley has scored at least one goal in 11 consecutive games, good for the eighth-longest current streak in the country. Scalley has 32 goals over the 11-game span.
THIS AND THAT: Junior Jon Marsalese won 11-of-26 face-offs at Delaware while picking up a team-high eight ground balls…The Mount went 2-for-2 in extra-man opportunities against Delaware…Freshman Braedon Graham scored his first collegiate goal on Saturday vs. the Blue Hens.
LOOKING FOR A THREE-PEAT: The Mount has won conference championships in each of the past two seasons. In 2010, the Mount defeated Siena, 7-6, in the championship game in the team's final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Last year, the Mount posted a 14-9 win over Quinnipiac in the inaugural season for the Northeast Conference.
SITTING OUT: Three seniors are redshirting for the Mount this season. Attack Cody Lehrer, midfielder Eric Ososki and long stick midfielder Mark Burns will each sit out the 2012 season. Lehrer has 96 goals and 28 assists for 124 career points in 47 games at the Mount. He had 33 goals and 10 assists last year, finishing third on the team with 43 points. Ososki has tallied 28 goals and 17 assists for 45 points in 35 games at the Mount while Burns has six goals and three assists while picking up 69 ground balls in 37 career games.
PRESEASON POLL: The Mount was selected as the Preseason favorite in the annual Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches poll. The Mount received four of the six first-place votes in the poll and ranked ahead of Bryant, Robert Morris, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and Wagner.
THE NORTHEAST CONFERENCE: The Northeast Conference begins its second season sponsoring men's lacrosse in 2012. The six schools include the Mount, Bryant, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart and Wagner. The league does not get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament until 2013.
HEAD COACH TOM GRAVANTE: Head coach Tom Gravante is beginning his 17th season on the Mount sidelines. Gravante has been named Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in each of the past two seasons. He has guided the Mount to the NCAA Tournament in both 2003 and 2010 and he was named the MAAC Coach of the Year on four occasions. Gravante has 117 career wins, just three shy of matching Randy Kilgore for the all-time Mount record of 120.
UP NEXT: The Mount heads to Towson on Saturday, March 3, for a 1:00 p.m. game.