Men's Lacrosse to Face No. 19 Bryant on Saturday
MOUNT ST. MARY'S (3-5, 0-1 NEC) at No. 19 BRYANT (8-2, 1-0 NEC)
Saturday, April 7, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
Smithfield, R.I. * Bryant Turf Complex
MOUNT UPDATE: Mount St. Mary's visits No. 19 Bryant on Saturday afternoon in a key Northeast Conference clash. The Mountaineers are looking to rebound from a 12-8 home loss to Quinnipiac last Saturday. The Mount spotted the Bobcats a 4-0 advantage before recovering to cut the deficit to 4-3 at the half. Quinnipiac, however, scored six goals in the third quarter to grab a 10-6 lead en route to the victory. Bryant Schmidt paced the Mount with three goals in the loss while Andrew Scalley chipped in two goals and an assist.
ABOUT THE BULLDOGS: Bryant, ranked 19th in the nation, moved into the national rankings this week and is coming off a 10-9 win over Brown on Tuesday that stretched the team's win streak to seven games. The Bulldogs offense is led by the duo of Colin Dunster and Peter McMahon, who have combined for 35 goals and 18 assists on the year. Dunster leads the team with 22 goals and 28 points while McMahon has 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 goals. In the cage, Jameson Love has been the top goalkeeper in the NEC with a 7.97 goals against average and a .620 save percentage. Freshman Kevin Massa is winning 64 percent of his face-offs while leading the NEC in ground balls per game (8.40).
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Bryant holds a 2-1 lead in the all-time series that began in 2009. Last year, the teams split a pair of games with the Mount capturing a 14-9 victory in the Northeast Conference semifinals after falling 9-8 in double-overtime in the final game of the regular season. This will be the Mount's first game at Bryant.
LAST YEAR'S MEETINGS: The Mount defeated Bryant, 14-9, in the Northeast Conference semifinals after falling to the Bulldogs, 9-8, in double overtime in the final game of the regular season. Both meetings came at the Mount's Waldron Family Stadium. In the NEC semifinal game, the Mount scored seven consecutive goals to take a commanding 13-6 lead en route to the victory. Cody Lehrer had four goals while Andrew Scalley chipped in three goals and two assists in the victory. In the regular season matchup, Bryant's Evan Roberts scored 17 seconds into the second overtime to lift the Bulldogs to a 9-8 win. The Mount had tied the game with 1:00 left on a Scalley goal.
SCALLEY EARNS NEC WEEKLY HONOR: Andrew Scalley was named the Nortehast Conference Offensive Player of the Week on March 26 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.
100-POINT SCORERS: The Mount has three players with 100 career points in Cody Lehrer (124), Andrew Scalley (124) and Brett Schmidt (112). It is the first time in school history that the Mount has had three players all with 100 or more career points. Bryant Schmidt is not far from joining the trio as he has 84 career points for the Mountaineers. Scalley has moved into a tie for 16th place on the Mount's all-time scoring list with Lehrer with 124 career points while Brett Schmidt is 20th on the all-time list with 112 career points.
SCHMIDT'S GOAL SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: Senior attack Brett Schmidt had one goal in the Mount's 12-8 loss to Quinnipiac to extend his streak of consecutive games with a goal to 21. Schmidt leads the Mount with 18 goals this season and is third in the NEC with 2.25 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 (6), 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 KEEPING PACE: Midfielder Bryant Schmidt is second on the team with 16 goals this season. Schmidt has recorded four 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 five 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 75 saves in the first eight 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 9.93 goals against average and a .493 save percentage.
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. Monmouth announced it is adding men's lacrosse and will become the league's seventh member.
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 heads to Robert Morris on Saturday, April 14, for a 4:00 p.m. game against the Colonials.