Men's Lacrosse Heads to No. 18 Georgetown on Tuesday Night
MOUNT ST. MARY'S (2-2) at No. 18 GEORGETOWN (2-1)
Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Washington, D.C. * Multi-Sport Field
MOUNT UPDATE: Mount St. Mary's rolled past VMI, 15-4, on Saturday to improve to 2-2 on the season. Brett Schmidt matched a career high with seven points (4g, 3a) while Christian Kellett tied his career high of six points (2g, 4a) to pace the Mount to the victory. Andrew Scalley added two goals and three assists while Bryant Schmidt chipped in a hat trick in the victory. After holding a 1-0 lead after the first quarter, the Mount took control by scoring the first six goals of the second quarter for a commanding 7-0 advantage. The Mount sealed the win with three goals in a span of 16 seconds in the fourth quarter.
ABOUT THE HOYAS: Georgetown defeated then No. 20 Harvard, 11-10, at home on Saturday to improve to 2-1 on the season. The Hoyas have entered the national rankings are No. 18 in the current USILA poll. Zack Angel scored three goals while Jason McFadded also added a hat trick in the win over Harvard. Travis Comeau leads the Hoyas with 10 points (8g, 2a) while Angel is tied for the team lead with eight scores. Brian Casey has four goals and a team-high five assists for nine points. In goal, Matt Winter has an 8.26 GAA and a .590 save percentage in a pair of starts.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Georgetown holds a 13-3 lead in the all-time series since the Mount moved to NCAA Division I in 1989. The Hoyas have won the past 13 matchups, including a 13-7 win in Emmitsburg last year. This will be the 10th consecutive season that the Mount and Hoyas have met. Mount St. Mary's head coach Tom Gravante played for Georgetown head coach Dave Urick for all four of his seasons at Hobart (1985-88).
100-POINT PLATEAU: Senior Brett Schmidt's seven-point day against VMI moved him over the 100-point mark for career scoring. Schmidt, who has 61 goals and 40 assists for 101 career points, becomes the 23rd player in Mount history to reach the 100-point plateau. He joins teammates Cody Lehrer (124) and Andrew Scalley (112) on the list.
QUICK STRIKES: The Mount scored three goals in a span of 16 seconds in the victory over VMI on Saturday. After VMI scored to cut the lead to 9-3 with 13:22 left in the fourth quarter, Brett Schmidt scored just nine seconds later to give the Mount a 10-3 lead with 13:13 on the clock. Robert Owen added to the lead nine seconds later (13:04) while Schmidt made it three goals in 16 seconds when he scored to give the Mount a 12-3 lead with 12:57 left in the fourth.
BRYANT SCHMIDT SCORES FOUR: Midfielder Bryant Schmidt scored a career-high four goals in the Mount's loss to Towson. Schmidt added a hat trick against VMI and now has seven goals over the past two games. He is second on the team nine goals this year and he now has 49 goals in 36 career games played.
SCALLEY'S STREAK: Junior attack Andrew Scalley has recorded at least one point in all 36 career games he has played. Scalley has accumulated 76 goals and 38 assists for 110 points during the streak, which began in his first collegiate game on Feb. 23, 2010, against Virginia. Scalley's streak tied for the fourth-longest in the country right now, behind Cornell's Rob Pannell (54), Denver's Alex Demopoulos (40), and Albany's Joe Resetartis (39). He is tied with Bryant's Peter McMahon (36) and Ohio State's Logan Schuss (36).
SCHMIDT STREAKING AS WELL: Brett Schmidt, who scored four goals in the win over VMI, has scored at least one goal in 17 consecutive games, the fifth-longest current streak in the nation. Schmidt has tallied 45 goals over the 17-game stretch. Schmidt's seven-point day (4g, 3a) against VMI matched his career high set against Detroit on April 10, 2010. Schmidt leads the Mount in both goals (10) and points (13) this year. He has scored at least two goals in each of the Mount's four games this year.
KELLETT FITS IN: Senior Christian Kellett was inserted into the starting lineup on attack against VMI and he responded in a big way by matching a career high of six points. Kellett tallied a pair of goals while dishing out four assists in the Mount's 15-4 win over the Keydets.
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, including a 1-1 mark this year. The Mount defeated No. 16 Delaware, 12-10, on Feb. 25 to open the season. All three wins over ranked opponents have come since 2010 with the Mount defeating No. 10 Lafayette (14-12) and No. 19 Robert Morris (19-13) in 2010.
IN THE CAGE: Sophomore Chris Klaiber took over this season for All-Conference goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo, who was the 2011 NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Klaiber has been busy so far this year, making 37 saves in the first four games. He earned NEC Defensive Player of the Week honors after making 13 saves in the Mount's 12-10 win over No. 16 Delaware. For the year, he has a 10.39 goals against average and a .487 save percentage.
FACE-OFFS: Junior Jon Marsalese won 14-of-20 (.700) face-offs in the Mount's 15-4 win over VMI. He has won 63.4 percent of his face-offs over the past two games and is fifth in the nation in ground balls at 7.25 per game.
WEEKLY HONORS: Sophomore goalkeeper Chris Klaiber and freshman midfielder Braedon Graham each earned weekly honors from the Northeast Conference on Feb. 27. Klaiber was named the Defensive Player of the Week after making 13 saves in the Mount's 12-10 win over No. 16 Delaware. Graham's first collegiate goal in that game helped him earn NEC Rookie of the Week honors.
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 118 career wins, just two shy of matching Randy Kilgore for the all-time Mount record of 120.
UP NEXT: The Mount hosts Drexel at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at Waldron Family Stadium on campus.