Men's Lacrosse Hosts No. 7 Maryland on Wednesday Night
MOUNT ST. MARY'S (4-7) vs. No. 7 MARYLAND (7-4)
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Waldron Family Stadium, Emmitsburg, Md.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount got back into the win column with a 9-8 win over Sacred Heart on Saturday. Andrew Scalley had two goals and four assists to pace the Mount offense while Bryant Schmidt and Daniel Stranix each had a pair of goals in the win. Trailing 5-4 at the half, the Mount scored five times in the third quarter to grab a 9-7 lead. Scalley scored the last of those five goals with just 0.1 seconds left in the quarter. The Mount survived a last-second Sacred Heart shot off the post that would have tied the score. Scalley leads the Mount with 37 points (19g, 18a) this season while Brett Schmidt is second on the squad with 34 points (22g, 12a). Bryant Schmidt leads the Mount with 23 goals.
ABOUT THE TERRAPINS: Maryland enters Wednesday's game ranked seventh in the nation with a 7-4 overall record. The Terrapins were edged by Duke, 6-5, in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals last Friday. Joe Cummings and Mike Chanenchuk each scored two goals in the game for Maryland. Cummings leads the team with 19 goals and 30 points on the year. Owen Blye is second on the team with 14 goals and 23 points as Maryland has seven players in double figures in goals on the year. Goalkeeper Niko Amato has started all 11 games, posting a 6.94 goals against average and a .579 save percentage on the season.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Maryland holds an 8-0 lead in the all-time series that began in the 1988 season. The Terrapins captured the last matchup, 17-7, at the Mount's Waldron Family Stadium on Feb. 25, 2008. The Mount is 0-2 all-time at home against Maryland, falling 12-4 on April 25, 2001 in addition to the 2008 game.
LAST MEETING: No. 4 Maryland defeated the Mount, 17-7, on Feb. 25, 2008, at Waldron Family Stadium in the last matchup between the two schools. Dan Mohr had two goals and two assists and Joe Derwent had a goal and three assists in the loss for the Mountaineers. Maryland scored four times in the opening 2:35 of the game to take control. The Terrapins led 10-3 at the half and cruised to the victory. Travis Reed tallied four goals and an assists to lead Maryland while Grant Catalino added three goals and an assist. Mount goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo made 18 saves in his first collegiate game.
PLAYOFFS PICTURE: The Mount will face Wagner on Saturday, April 28, with the fourth and final Northeast Conference playoff spot on the line. The Mount and Wagner are tied for fourth place in the NEC standings with a 1-3 record. The winner will earn the No. 4 seed and face the No. 1 seed in the first round game on Friday, May 4. Robert Morris and Bryant play on Saturday with the winner earning the NEC regular season title, the No. 1 seed, and the right to host the NEC Championships this year.
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.
SCALLEY PICKING UP ON OFFENSE: Junior Andrew Scalley has picked up his offense of late, posting 12 goals and 12 assists over the past five games. Scalley is averaging 4.80 points over that stretch and is now leads the team in points (19g, 18a). Earlier this season Scalley saw his streak of 37 consecutive games with at least one point snapped against Drexel on March 17. He has recorded at least one point in 42 of 43 career games played and his 89 career goals are 13th all-time at the Mount.
BRYANT SCHMIDT LEADS THE WAY: Midfielder Bryant Schmidt leads the Mount with 23 goals this season. The senior has a team-best five hat tricks this season and leads twin brother Brett by one goal in the team goal scoring race. He has scored 13 goals over the past four games, including a pair of goals in the 9-8 win over Sacred Heart.
100-POINT SCORERS: The Mount has three players with 100 career points in Andrew Scalley (138), Cody Lehrer (124), and Brett Schmidt (122). 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 92 career points for the Mountaineers. On the all-time scoring list at the Mount, Scalley is now tied for 13th, Lehrer 17th and Brett Schmidt 18th.
SCHMIDT'S GOAL SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: Senior attack Brett Schmidt has scored at least one goal in each of his past 24 games, the third longest streak in the country. Schmidt is second on the team in both goals (22) and points (34). His 73 career goals are tied for 16th all-time at the Mount.
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 11 goals and nine assists over the past eight 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.
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 tied former Mount coach Randy Kilgore for the school record for career wins with his 120th career victory in the 9-8 win over Sacred Heart.
UP NEXT: The Mount visits Wagner on Saturday, April 28, for a 12:00 p.m. game. The winner of that contest nabs the fourth and final spot in the Northeast Conference Tournament.