Mount Men's Lacrosse Hosts Sacred Heart on Saturday
MOUNT ST. MARY'S (3-7, 0-3 NEC) vs. SACRED HEART (3-8, 0-3 NEC)
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
Waldron Family Stadium, Emmitsburg, Md.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount lost to Robert Morris, 17-14, this past Saturday to fall to 3-7 overall and 0-3 in the Northeast Conference. The Colonials scored five unanswered goals to snap a 4-4 tie and take control of the game. Robert Morris extended the advantage to 17-9 before the Mount scored consecutive goals to close out the victory. Brett Schmidt had six points (2g, 4a) in the loss while Andrew Scalley (4g, 1a) and Bryant Schmidt (3g) each chipped in hat tricks. Brett Schmidt leads the Mount with 33 points (21g, 12a) and is tied for the team lead with twin brother Bryant with 21 goals.
ABOUT THE PIONEERS: Sacred Heart lost at Wagner, 11-8, last Saturday to fall to 3-8 overall and 0-3 in the Northeast Conference. The Seahawks outscored Sacred Heart, 5-0, in the final quarter to rally for the victory. Matt Gannon paced the Pioneers with three goals in the loss. Cody Marquis is the top point-scorer for Sacred Heart with 26 points (12g, 14a) while Mike Mawdsley leads the squad with 23 goals. Gannon has three goals and 18 assists for 21 points with Matt Ferrino chipping in 14 goals and four assists on the year. In the cage, Ryan Hughes has an 11.00 goals against average in 10 games played. Stephen Kontos has won 54.8 percent of his face-offs and has a team-high 60 ground balls.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Mount St. Mary's holds a 5-0 lead in the all-time series with Sacred Heart. The Mount and Sacred Heart were both members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 2000-01 with the Mount winning all three meetings in the series then, including an 11-9 victory in the MAAC Tournament semifinals in 2001. The Mount is 2-0 all-time at home against Sacred Heart, including a 9-8 victory on March 31, 2010, in the last meeting at Waldron Family Stadium.
LAST YEAR'S MEETING: The Mount scored all six goals in the third quarter to race past Sacred Heart for an 11-7 victory last season. Brett Schmidt scored four times in the win as the Mount rallied from a 3-2 halftime deficit. Andrew Scalley added two goals and two assists while Cody Lehrer had three goals and one helper in the victory. In goal, T.C. DiBartolo made nine saves in the win. Mike Mawdsley led the Pioneers with three goals and an assist. The Mount held a 47-28 advantage in shots, including a 28-to-12 margin in the second half. Click HERE for an entire recap of the game.
SCALLEY PICKING UP ON OFFENSE: Junior Andrew Scalley has picked up his offense of late, posting 10 goals and eight assists over the past four games. Scalley is averaging 4.50 points over that stretch and is now second on the squad is scoring with 31 points (17g, 14a). Scalley scored a season-high four goals against Robert Morris this past Saturday. Earlier this season Scalley saw his streak of 37 consecutive games with at least one point snapped against Drexel on March 17.
BRYANT SCHMIDT KEEPING PACE: Midfielder Bryant Schmidt is tied with twin brother Brett for the team lead with 21 goals this season. Bryant has a team-best five hat tricks this season. He has scored 11 goals over the past three games, including a three-goal effort this past Saturday against Robert Morris.
100-POINT SCORERS: The Mount has three players with 100 career points in Andrew Scalley (132), Cody Lehrer (124), and Brett Schmidt (121). 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 90 career points for the Mountaineers. On the all-time scoring list at the Mount, Scalley is 16th, Lehrer 17th and Schmidt 18th.
SCHMIDT'S GOAL SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: Senior attack Brett Schmidt has scored at least one goal in each of his past 23 games, the third longest streak in the country. Schmidt leads the Mount with 21 goals and 33points this season and his 72 career goals are tied for 19th 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 (15) and Brett Schmidt (10). The rest of the list includes Byrant Schmidt (7), Jake Willertz (3), Christian Kellett (3), Mike Adkins (2), Eric Ososki (2), Anthony Golden (1) and Daniel Stranix (1).
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.
KELLETT FITS IN: Senior Christian Kellett has tallied 10 goals and eight assists over the past seven games since being inserted into the starting lineup on attack. Kellett has posted a pair of hat tricks this year and a six-point game (2g, 4a) against VMI.
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 Maryland on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium.