Men's Lacrosse Opens Northeast Conference Play by Hosting Quinnipiac on Saturday
MOUNT ST. MARY'S (3-4, 0-0 NEC) vs. QUINNIPIAC (1-6, 0-0 NEC)
Saturday, March 31, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Md. * Waldron Family Stadium
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mountaineers had three different players record hat tricks in the Mount's 15-6 win at Michigan last Saturday. Twins Brett and Bryant Schmidt each had three goals and an assist while Christian Kellett chipped in three goals for the Mount in the win. Andrew Scalley, named the NEC Offensive Player of the Week, added a career-high seven points (2g, 5a) in the victory. After spotting the Wolverines a 3-1 lead, the Mount 11 of the next 12 goals to take a 12-4 advantage en route to the victory. Goalkeeper Chris Klaiber made nine saves to earn the win in the cage.
ABOUT THE BOBCATS: Jay Binkowski scored with 40 seconds remaining to lift Quinnipiac to a 12-11 win over Binghamton last Saturday. Binkowski finished with three goals as the Bobcats earned their first win of the season. Michael Sagl leads Quinnipiac with 18 points (12g, 6a) while Dylan Webster has a team-high 14 goals and 52 ground balls. In goal, Dylan Torrey has an 11.60 goals against average and a .477 save percentage. Quinnipiac is averaging 8.14 goals per game on the year.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Mount St. Mary's holds a 5-1 lead in the all-time series with Quinnipiac, including a 14-9 victory in the NEC Championship game last year at Waldron Family Stadium. The Mount swept the season series with the Bobcats in 2011, posting a 16-10 win in Hamden, Conn., in the regular season meeting. The Mount and Quinnipiac were in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference together from 1999-2001 with the Mount capturing a 13-10 win in the MAAC Championship game in 2001.
NEC FINALS REMATCH: The game will be a rematch of last year's NEC Championship game won by the Mount, 14-9, at Waldron Family Stadium. Goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo made 14 saves while Andrew Scalley added five goals to lead the Mount to the victory. Trailing 6-4 midway through the second quarter, the Mount scored four consecutive goals for an 8-6 lead at the half. The Bobcats cut the deficit to 10-9 with 8:31 left in the game, but Scalley answered with a goal just 11 seconds later to give the Mount a two-goal lead. Daniel Stanix added an unassisted goal with 5:58 left before Bryant Schmidt sealed the win with a pair of goals in a 20-second span in the final two minutes to give the Mount the 14-9 victory. Christian Haggerty and Kevin Kelly each had three goals for Quinnipiac in the loss.
SCALLEY EARNS NEC WEEKLY HONOR: Andrew Scalley was named the Nortehast Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after posting a career-high seven points in the Mount's 15-6 win at Michigan on Saturday. Scalley rebounded in strong fashion in his first game after being held off the scoresheet for the first time in his career. The junior attack scored two goals and dished out five assists in his seven-point day to lead the Mount offense in the victory. Scalley has recorded at least one point in 38 of 39 career games played.
CAREER SCORING LISTS: Brett Schmidt and Andrew Scalley continue to climb the Mount's all-time scoring list. Scalley is 17th all-time at the Mount with 121 career points (79g, 42a), just three behind teammate Cody Lehrer (96g, 28a, 124 pts), who is redshirting this season. Schmidt is 20th all-time with 111 points (68g, 43a), two behind Jason Wener (2003-06).
SCHMIDT'S GOAL SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: Senior attack Brett Schmidt scored three goals at Michigan to stretch his streak of consecutive games with a goal to 20. Schmidt leads the Mount with 17 goals this season and has scored two or more goals in all seven games this season. He is third in the Northeast Conference with 2.43 goals per game.
HAT TRICKS: The Mount had three different players record hat tricks in the 15-6 win at Michigan as Brett Schmidt, Bryant Schmidt and Christian Kellett each scored three times in the game. The last time the Mount had three hat tricks in the same game was when the Schmidt twins and Andrew Scalley each had hat tricks in the Mount's 14-9 win over Quinnipiac in the NEC Championship game.
MORE HAT TRICKS: Brett and Bryant Schmidt each had three goals in the Mount's win at Michigan, marking the third time in their career that the twins have recorded hat tricks in the same game. The other two times came against VMI on March 10 this year and against Quinnipiac in the NEC Championship game on May 8 last year.
HAT TRICKS (PART 3): The Mount has had 10 different players on the roster post a hat trick in their Mount career. Cody Lehrer, who is redshirting this season, leads the list with 16 career hat tricks, followed by Andrew Scalley (14) and Brett Schmidt (10). The rest of the list includes Byrant Schmidt (5), Jake Willertz (3), Mike Adkins (2), Christian Kellett (2), Eric Ososki (2), Anthony Golden (1) and Daniel Stranix (1).
SCALLEY'S STREAK ENDS: Junior attack Andrew Scalley saw his streak of 37 consecutive games with at least one point snapped against Drexel on March 17. Scalley, however, rebounded with a career-high seven points in the Mount's 15-6 win over Michigan in the next game. Scalley had two goals and five assists against the Wolverines and is now second on the team with 20 points (9g, 11a).
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 is second on the team with 13 goals this season. Schmidt has recorded three hat tricks on the year, including a career-high four goals in the Mount's 15-4 win over VMI.
KELLETT FITS IN: Senior Christian Kellett has tallied six goals and seven assists over the past four 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 while scoring three times at Michigan.
THE MOUNT vs. RANKED OPPONENTS: Mount St. Mary's is 3-45 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 71 saves in the first seven 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 9.62 goals against average and a .5222 save percentage.
FACE-OFFS: Junior face-off specialist Jon Marsalese has won 54.1 percent (80-of-148) of his face-offs this year. Marsalese leads the Mount with 39 ground balls (5.6/game) and has won 59.8 percent of his face-offs over the past five 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 119 career wins, just one shy of matching Randy Kilgore for the all-time Mount record of 120.
UP NEXT: The Mount returns to action on Saturday, April 7, with a 1:00 p.m. game at Bryant. The Mount defeated Bryant, 14-9, in the Northeast Conference semifinals last season.