Men's Lacrosse Visits Michigan on Saturday
MOUNT ST. MARY'S (2-4) at MICHIGAN (1-7)
Saturday, March 24, 2012, 3:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich. * Michigan Stadium
MOUNT UPDATE: Mount St. Mary's lost to Drexel, 11-6, on Saturday to fall to 2-4 on the season. The Mount fell behind, 7-2, early in the third quarter, but rallied to cut the deficit to 8-6 after three quarters of play. The Dragons, however, sealed the win by scoring all three goals in the fourth quarter. Brett Schmidt led the Mount with two goals and an assist while Daniel Stranix added a pair of scores. Christian Kellett had three assists while goalkeeper Chris Klaiber made 11 saves.
ABOUT THE WOLVERINES: Lacrosse became the 28th varsity sport at the University of Michigan on May 25, 2011, and the Wolverines are 1-6 this year in their inaugural season. Michigan lost to Bellarmine, 13-9, at home last Saturday and have lost their past two games. Their lone win came against Mercer, 14-4, on March 4. Thomas Para leads the Wolverines with 19 points (13g, 6a) while Trevor Yealy (14g, 1a) and Alex Vasileff (11g, 4a) each have 15 points. Dylan Westerhold (15.02 GAA, .354 save percentage) and Emil Weiss (9.92 GAA, .513 save percentage) have split time in goal this year.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: This is the first-ever meeting between the Mount and Michigan.
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 65 goals and 42 assists for 107 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
SCHMIDT'S GOAL SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: Senior attack Brett Schmidt leads the Mount with 14 goals and 19 points this season. Schmidt extended his goal-scoring streak to 19 games with two goals and an assist against Drexel. He has scored at least two goals in each of the Mount's six games this year and in his past eight games dating back to last season.
SCALLEY'S STREAK ENDS: Junior attack Andrew Scalley saw his streak of 37 consecutive games with at least one point snapped against Drexel last Saturday. It was the first time in his career that Scalley has been held off the scoresheet. The junior attack has 77 goals and 37 assists for 114 points in 38 career games played.
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.
STRANIX CONTINUES TO SHINE: Junior midfielder Daniel Stranix opened the season with his first career hat trick in the Mount's win over No. 16 Delaware. Stranix hasn't slowed down since as he is second on the team with 14 points (9g, 5a). He is coming off a two-goal effort in the Mount's loss to Drexel.
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.
KELLETT FITS IN: Senior Christian Kellett has tallied three goals and seven assists over the past three games since being inserted into the starting lineup on attack. Kellett had two goals and four assists to match a career high of six points in the Mount's win over VMI. He dished out three helpers in the Mount's loss to Drexel last Saturday.
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 62 saves in the first six 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 10.25 goals against average and a .512 save percentage.
FACE-OFFS: Junior face-off specialist Jon Marsalese has won 51.6 percent (66-of-128) of his face-offs this year. Marsalese leads the Mount with 38 ground balls (6.3/game) and has won 57.8 percent of his face-offs over the past four games.
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 opens Northeast Conference play on Saturday, March 31, when Quinnipiac visits Waldron Family Stadium for a 1:00 p.m. game.