Men's Lacrosse to Face Robert Morris on Saturday
MOUNT ST. MARY'S (3-6, 0-2 NEC) at ROBERT MORRIS (8-3, 2-0 NEC)
Saturday, April 14, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Moon Township, Pa. * Joe Walton Stadium
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount has lost two in a row after a 17-9 loss at No. 19 Bryant last Saturday. Christian Kellett scored three goals while Andrew Scalley and Bryant Schmidt added two goals an assist in the loss. Brett Schmidt leads the Mount with 19 goals and 27 points while Scalley is second on the team with 26 points (13g, 13a). Bryant Schmidt is second on the squad with 18 goals. Goalkeeper Chris Klaiber has a 10.74 goals against average and a .475 save percentage on the year.
ABOUT THE COLONIALS: Robert Morris enters Saturday's game 8-3 overall and 2-0 in the Northeast Conference after a 17-10 win at Sacred Heart last Saturday. The high scoring Colonials are averaging 13.2 goals per game and have scored 15 or more goals in each of their past three games. Kiel Matisz leads the team with 45 points on 29 goals and 16 assists. Jake Hayes is tied for the team lead with 29 goals while chipping in 10 assists for 39 points. Dave Morton (15g, 13a, 28 pts), Kyle Buchanan (10g, 15a, 25 pts), Casey Abbott (13g, 9a, 22 pts) and Kevin Brownell (11g, 7a, 18 pts) all have hit double figures in goals as well. In goal, Dillon Pope has a 12.54 goals against average and 66 saves in nine games and five starts. Charles Ruppert, who played in goal against Sacred Heart, has a 10.55 goals against average and 26 saves in three games played and two starts.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Mount St. Mary's is 3-0 all-time against Robert Morris in the season series that started in 2005. Last year, the Mount posted a 12-11 victory over the Colonials at Waldron Family Stadium. In 2010, the Mount knocked off No. 19 Robert Morris, 19-13, on March 16 of that season. The first-ever meeting was an 18-5 Mount win at Alumni Field in Emmitsburg.
LAST YEAR'S MEETING: The Mount downed Robert Morris, 12-11, in the first-ever Northeast Conference game for each team. The game featured six lead changes and was tied on nine different occasions. With the score tied at 9-9 heading into the final quarter, Daniel Stranix and Brett Schmidt each scored to give the Mount an 11-9 advantage. Trevor Moore's goal with 5:02 left cut the Mount lead to 11-10, but Andrew Scalley scored his third goal of the game with 1:40 on the clock to put the Mount up, 12-10. RMU's Kyle Buchanan scored a man-down goal with 1:25 left to cut the margin to 12-11, and Patrick Smith had a chance to tie the game after the Colonials won the face-off, but the Mount's T.C. DiBartolo came up with the save. RMU was able to get the ball back one more time, but could not get a shot off in the final 29 seconds. Click HERE for a full recap.
100-POINT SCORERS: The Mount has three players with 100 career points in Andrew Scalley (127), Cody Lehrer (124), and Brett Schmidt (115). 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 87 career points for the Mountaineers. On the all-time scoring list at the Mount, Scalley is 16th, Lehrer 17th and Schmidt 19th.
SCHMIDT'S GOAL SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: Senior attack Brett Schmidt has scored at least one goal in each of his past 22 games, the fourth longest streak in the country. Schmidt leads the Mount with 19 goals and 27 points this season and his 70 career goals are tied for 21st on the Mount's all-time list.
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), Christian Kellett (3), Mike Adkins (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 26 points (13g, 13a).
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 18 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 nine goals and seven assists over the past six games since being inserted into the starting lineup on attack. Kellett is coming off a three-goal effort in the Mount's loss at Bryant last week.
THE MOUNT vs. RANKED OPPONENTS: Mount St. Mary's is 3-46 all-time against ranked opponents since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89, including a 1-3 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.
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.
WEEKLY HONORS PART 2: 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.
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 hosts Sacred Heart on Saturday, April 21, at 1:00 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium on campus.