Mount Holds Off Sacred Heart, 9-8, on Saturday Afternoon
Emmitsburg, Md. (April 21, 2012)—Mount St. Mary's held on for a 9-8 win over visiting Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon at Waldron Family Stadium on campus. Andrew Scalley paced the Mount with two goals and four assists in the victory as the Mount kept its Northeast Conference playoff hopes alive.
For the second time in three seasons against Sacred Heart, the Mount avoided a potential game-tying goal at the buzzer to earn the win. Sacred Heart forced a Mount turnover with 5.5 seconds left in the game to gain possession. After a timeout, the Pioneers got the ball to Mike Mawdsley, but his shot was rifled off the post, allowing the Mount to earn the win.
The Mount (4-7, 1-3 NEC) used a big third quarter to take the lead. Trailing 5-4 at the half, the Mount scored three times in the opening four minutes of the second half to grab a 7-5 lead. Scalley opened the run with a goal 27 seconds into the third quarter. The Mount grabbed the lead when Brett Schmidt converted a Scalley pass for a 6-5 advantage. Scalley then assisted on a Christian Kellett goal 57 seconds later to push the lead to 7-5.
Sacred Heart snapped the run on a Matt Gannon goal, but Daniel Stranix countered for the Mountaineers for an 8-6 advantage. Aaron Lupo's goal with 1:11 left in the third cut the Mount lead to 8-7, but Scalley scored with 0.1 seconds left in the quarter to give the Mount a two-goal advantage.
Sacred Heart (3-9, 0-4 NEC) cut the deficit to one when Alex Miller scored with 4:45 left in the final quarter. The teams traded possessions over the next few minutes, with the Mount gaining control after a Pioneer turnover with 1:01 left in the game. Mount St. Mary's was able to control the ball for the next 56 seconds before Sacred Heart forced the final turnover, setting up the final play of the contest.
Scalley had two goals and four assists for his six-point game, taking over the team lead with 37 points this season. Stranix and Bryant Schmidt each added a pair of goals while Kellett chipped in a goal and an assist in the win. Brett Schmidt's third-quarter goal stretched his consecutive games streak with at least one goal to 24 contests.
Matt Gannon and Mawdsley each had two goals for the Pioneers while Miller had a goal and an assist in the loss.
Sacred Heart held a 37-to-31 advantage in shots in the game, including a 12-to-1 margin in the final quarter. Sacred Heart held a 23-to-19 edge in ground balls while winning 13-of-19 face-offs in the game.
Mount goalkeeper Chris Klaiber had a strong game, making nine saves, while his counterpart, Ryan Hughes, had 11 saves in the contest.
In 2010, the Mount held off Sacred Heart by an identical 9-8 score with T.C. DiBartolo making a save at the buzzer to preserve the victory.
The win keeps the Mount's Northeast Conference playoff hopes alive. The Mount will travel to Wagner next Saturday with the winner capturing the fourth and final NEC Tournament berth.
Before the Wagner showdown, the Mount has a tough task as No. 8 Maryland visits Waldron Family Stadium on Wednesday, April 25, for a 7:00 p.m. matchup.