Men's Lacrosse Hosts Drexel on Saturday Afternoon
MOUNT ST. MARY'S (2-3) vs. DREXEL (2-5)
Saturday, March 17, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Md. * Waldron Family Stadium
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount let a three-goal fourth-quarter lead slip away in a 9-8 loss at No. 18 Georgetown on Tuesday night. The Mount dominated play in the third quarter, scoring four of the five goals in the period, to take an 8-5 lead heading into the fourth. Georgetown, however, outshot the Mount 18-0 in the final quarter, scoring all four goals to post the come-from-behind win. Brett Schmidt recorded two goals and an assist while Andrew Scalley chipped in a goal and an assist in the loss. In goal, Chris Klaiber made 14 saves for the Mountaineers.
ABOUT THE DRAGONS: Drexel's late rally came up short in a 12-11 loss to Bucknell on Tuesday. Aaron Prosse led the Dragons with three goals and two assists while Ryan Belka added two goals and two helpers. The Dragons are 2-5 on the year with four of those losses coming by one goal, including a 7-6 loss at NEC member Bryant last Saturday. Robert Church leads the team in scoring with 11 goals and nine assists for 20 points. Ryan Bergman has 16 points (8g, 8a) while Brendan Glynn has 14 points (9g, 5a). In goal, Mark Manos has an 8.58 goals against average with a .478 save percentage for the year.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Drexel holds a 3-0 lead in the all-time series that began in 1997. Last year, the Dragons posted a 15-9 win over the Mount in Philadelphia. The series started in 1997 with a 9-8 Drexel victory in Emmitsburg while the Dragons posted a 14-11 win the following season.
LAST YEAR'S MEETING: Drexel defeated the Mount, 15-9, at Vidas Field in Philadelphia. The Dragons scored nine consecutive first-half goals to break the game open and cruise to the win. Cody Lehrer, who scored a team-high four goals for the Mount, scored twice in the opening six minutes to give the Mount a 2-1 lead. Drexel, however, scored the next nine goals of the game for a commanding 10-2 lead. Bryant Schmidt added two goals and an assist while Brett Schmidt had a goal and two assists in the loss for the Mount. Robert Church scored four times for Drexel while Scott Perri chipped in three goals and two assists.
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 63 goals and 41 assists for 104 career points, becomes the 23rd player in Mount history to reach the 100-point plateau. He joins teammates Cody Lehrer (124) and Andrew Scalley (114) on the list
QUICK STRIKES: The Mount scored three goals in a span of 16 seconds in the victory over VMI on March 10. 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 37 career games played.
SCALLEY'S STREAK: Junior attack Andrew Scalley has recorded at least one point in all 37 career games he has played. Scalley has accumulated 77 goals and 37 assists for 114 points during the streak, which began in his first collegiate game on Feb. 23, 2010, against Virginia. Scalley's streak is 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).
SCHMIDT STREAKING AS WELL: Brett Schmidt has scored at least one goal in 18 consecutive games for the Mountaineers, the fifth-longest current streak in the country. Schmidt has tallied 47 goals over the 18-game stretch. Schmidt had seven points (4g, 3a) against VMI, matching his career high set against Detroit on April 10, 2010. Schmidt leads the Mount in both goals (12) and points (16) this year. He has scored at least two goals in each of the Mount's five 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 3-44 all-time against ranked opponents since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89, including a 1-2 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 51 saves in the first five 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 10.10 goals against average and a .515 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 61.3 percent of his face-offs over the past three games and he is averaging 6.80 ground balls per game this season.
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 will travel to Michigan on Saturday, March 24, for a 3:00 p.m. game.