Mount Men's Lacrosse Looks to Capture Third Consecutive Conference Title Tomorrow Against Bryant
#4 Mount St. Mary's (6-8) vs. #2 Bryant (13-4)
Northeast Conference Championship Game
Sunday, May 6, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
Joe Walton Stadium, Moon Township, Pa.
MOUNT UPDATE: Andrew Scalley scored in overtime to lift Mount St. Mary's to a 16-15 win over top-seeded Robert Morris in the NEC semifinals on Friday. The Mount rallied from a five-goal first-half deficit to post the victory. Scalley scored with 2:22 left in regulation to force the extra period, and then came through with the overtime winner. Right before Scalley's game-winning shot, goalkeeper Chris Klaiber came up with a brilliant save on the doorstep to keep the Mount alive. Scalley paced the Mount with four goals and an assist while Daniel Stranix chipped in two goals and two assists in the win. Robert Morris scored seven consecutive goals to take an 8-3 lead midway through the second quarter, but the Mount started its rally by scoring the final three goals of the half. Trailing 12-9 in the third, the Mount scored the next five goals to grab a 14-12 advantage, but RMU answered with three goals in a row to take the lead ahead of Scalley's heroics.
ABOUT THE BULLDOGS: Bryant defeated Quinnipiac, 11-6, Friday night in the NEC semifinals to advance to the championship game. Eight different players scored goals in the victory. Colin Dunster leads the team with 46 points and 32 goals while Peter McMahon has 45 points on 22 goals and 23 assists. Bryant is a balanced team with eight players with 17 or more goals on the year. Goalkeeper Jameson Love, a First Team All-NEC selection, has a 7.57 goals against average and a .607 save percentage on the season. Freshman face-off specialist Kevin Massa, the NEC Rookie of the Year, has won 63.4 percent of his face-offs while collecting a team-high 133 ground balls.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Bryant holds a 3-1 lead in the all-time series after a 17-9 victory over the Mount on April 7. The Mount's lone win in the series was a 14-9 win in the NEC semifinals last year at the Mount's Waldron Family Stadium. Bryant posted a pair of one-goal meetings in the opening two games of the series (7-6 in 2009 and 9-8 in 2ot in 2010).
EARLIER THIS SEASON: Bryant earned a 17-9 home victory over the Mount on April 7 in Smithfield, R.I. The Bulldogs scored six goals in the second quarter to take a 9-5 halftime lead en route to the victory. Peter McMahon had two goals and six assists to pace Bryant in the win while Colin Dunster added four goals and an assist. Christian Kellett tallied a hat trick for the Mount while Bryant Schmidt and Andrew Scalley each had two goals. Bryant outshot the Mount, 52-28, in the game while holding a 41-18 edge in ground balls.
THE MOUNT AND THE NEC TOURNAMENT: The Mount is now 3-0 all-time in Northeast Conference Tournament games after the thrilling 16-15 overtime win against Robert Morris on Friday night. Last season, the Mount won the inaugural Northeast Conference title with a 14-9 win over Quinnipiac at the Mount's Waldron Family Stadium. The Mount was the No. 1 seed in the tournament and defeated Bryant, 14-9, in the semifinals. Mount goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo made 14 saves in the championship game to earn MVP honors. Andrew Scalley, who was the MAAC Tournament MVP in 2010, matched his career high of five goals in the title game to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team. Brett Schmidt added three goals and three assists in the win while twin brother Bryant Schmidt added a hat trick in the victory to also earn a spot on the All-Tournament team.
LOOKING FOR A THREE-PEAT: The Mount is looking to win a conference championship for the third season in a row. 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. The Mount has won five consecutive conference tournament games dating back to the 2010 season. The Mount's last loss in a conference tournament was a 5-3 game against Manhattan in 2009.
SCALLEY PICKING UP ON OFFENSE: Junior Andrew Scalley has picked up his offense of late, posting 20 goals and 16 assists over the past eight games. Scalley is averaging 4.50 points over that stretch and leads the team lead with 49 points (27g, 22a). 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 45 of 46 career games played and he is 12th all-time at the Mount in career points (150) and 10th in goals (97).
BRYANT SCHMIDT FINDING THE NET: Midfielder Bryant Schmidt is tied for the team lead with 28 goals this season. The senior has a team-best six hat tricks this season and is tied with twin brother Brett by in the team goal scoring race. Bryant is now 25th all-time at the Mount with 68 career goals and had an assist vs. Robert Morris on Friday to become the 25th player in school history to reach 100 career points.
100-POINT SCORERS: The Mount has four players with 100 career points in Andrew Scalley (150, 12th all-time at MSM), Brett Schmidt (134, 16th all-time as MSM), Cody Lehrer (124, 18th all-time at MSM) and Bryant Schmidt (100, T24th) all-time at MSM. It is the first time in school history that the Mount has had four players all with 100 or more career points.
SCHMIDT'S GOAL SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: Senior attack Brett Schmidt has scored at least one goal in each of his past 27 games, the third longest streak in the country. Schmidt is tied for the team lead with 28 goals and is second on the squad with 46 points. Schmidt has recorded six or more points in a game three times this year, including a three-goal, three-assist performance in the 16-7 win at Wagner in the regular season finale.
ALL-NEC: Andrew Scalley and Bryant Schmidt were named First Team All-Conference on Thursday night. Scalley, who leads the Mount with 49 points, earned First Team honors at attack for second consecutive season. Bryant Schmidt was named First Team All-NEC in the midfield for the third year in a row. Brett Schmidt (attack) and Kevin Downs (defense) garnered Second Team All-NEC honors while Kyle O'Brien was an All-Rookie team member.
GRAVANTE BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD FOR WINS: 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 broke former Mount coach Randy Kilgore's school record for career wins with his 121st career victory in the Mount's 16-7 win at Wagner.
HAT TRICKS: The Mount had three different players (Brett Schmidt, Bryant Schmidt, Anthony Golden) record hat tricks in the 16-7 win over Wagner on Saturday. It was the second time this season the Mount has had three hat tricks in the same game. The other time was a 15-6 win at Michigan as Brett Schmidt, Bryant Schmidt and Christian Kellett each scored three times in the game.
MORE HAT TRICKS: Brett and Bryant Schmidt each had three goals in the Mount's win at Wagner, marking the fourth time in their career that the twins have recorded hat tricks in the same game. The other times came against Michigan (March 24) and VMI (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, and Andrew Scalley lead the list with 16 career hat tricks each, followed by Brett Schmidt with 11. The rest of the list includes Bryant Schmidt (8), Christian Kellett (4), Jake Willertz (3), Mike Adkins (2), Eric Ososki (2), Anthony Golden (2) and Daniel Stranix (1).
KELLETT FITS IN: Senior Christian Kellett has tallied 17 goals and 10 assists over the past 11 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 3-47 all-time against ranked opponents since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89, including a 1-4 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.
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.
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.