No. 7 Maryland Defeats Mount St. Mary's, 12-8
Emmitsburg, Md. (April 25, 2012)--Mount St. Mary's lost to No. 7 Maryland, 12-8, before a record crowd at Waldron Family Stadium on campus on Wednesday night. Twins Bryant and Brett Schmidt combined for three goals and four assists in the loss.
The Terrapins (8-4) scored three times goals in a span of 1:25 early in first quarter to take a 3-0 advantage. Owen Blye started the streak with an unassisted score 1:53 into the game. Jesse Bernhardt then scored nine seconds later and Joe Cummings converted a Blye pass for a three-goal Maryland lead with 11:42 left in the opening quarter.
The Mount, playing before a stadium-record crowd of 1,278, rattled off three unanswered goals to close out the quarter with the game tied at 3-3.
Bryant Schmidt opened the scoring run when he buried a shot with 10:22 left in the first. Bryant Schmidt made it consecutive goals at the 5:33 mark of the quarter with Brett Schmidt getting the assist. Andrew Scalley evened the score with 27 seconds left in the first with Brett Schmidt picking up the assist.
The score remained 3-3 until Maryland exploded for three goals in a span of 22 seconds late in the first half. Mike Chanenchuk started the scoring run his lone goal of the game with 3:15 left in the half. Blye tallied his second goal of the day just 11 seconds later and Kevin Copper made it three quick scores 11 seconds after Blye's goal for a 6-3 advantage.
Maryland's Billy Gribbin scored an extra-man goal just 11 seconds into the third quarter for a 7-3 lead. Scalley countered for the Mount with his second goal of the game, but Maryland scored four of the final five goals of the third quarter for an 11-5 lead.
Gribbin and Cummings connected for the first two goals ahead of a score from the Mount's Christian Kellett. Drew Snider and Cummings then scored just under a minute apart to stretch the Terrapin lead to six.
The Mount fought back, scoring a pair of goals in a 10-second span to cut the deficit to 11-7 with 3:19 remaining. Brett Schmidt scored the first goal while assisting on Bryan Kane's goal 10 seconds later. The goal stretched Schmidt's consecutive games streak with at least one goal to 25 games. It is the third-longest streak in the country.
Maryland's Michael Shakespeare scored into an empty net with 45 seconds left when the Mount was doubling and the Mount's Daniel Stranix closed the scoring with a goal with four seconds on the clock.
Brett Schmidt had a team-high four points (1g, 3a) for the Mount while Bryant Schmidt finished with two goals and an assist. Scalley had a pair of goals in the loss and now has 26 points over the past six games.
Cummings led Maryland with three goals and an assist while Blye had a game-high five points on two goals and three helpers. Gribbin added a pair of goals while John Haus chipped in two assists.
The Mount was outshot, 29-28, in the game while Maryland held a 26-21 edge in ground balls. Mount goalkeeper Chris Klaiber made eight saves with Maryland's goalkeeper Niko Amato finishing with six.
The Mount will now focus its attention on Saturday's key Northeast Conference game at Wagner. The winner of that contest will earn the fourth and final seed in the NEC Tournament. Face-off is slated for 12:00 p.m.