Men's Lacrosse Falls to Bryant, 12-6, in the Northeast Conference Championship Game
Moon Township, Pa. (May 6, 2012)—Mount St. Mary's fell to Bryant, 12-6, in the Northeast Conference championship game on Sunday afternoon at Joe Walton Stadium. Andrew Scalley had two goals and two assists to pace the Mount in the loss.
The Mount, the defending NEC champions, was looking for its third consecutive conference title. Mount St. Mary's won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title in 2010 before winning the inaugural NEC championship last season.
Bryant took control of the game early, scoring six times in the opening 10:25 of the game for a 6-0 lead. Max Weisenberg, Dan Sipperly and Colin Dunster each had two goals in the run.
Brett Schmidt got the Mount on the scoreboard, tallying his 29th goal of the year with 2:53 left in the first quarter. Schmidt has now scored at least one goal in 28 consecutive games, the third-longest streak in the nation.
Sipperly answered that score with his third goal of the game with eight seconds left in the first to make the score 7-1 after one quarter.
The Bulldogs scored all three goals in the second quarter to go to the locker room with a 10-1 lead. Bryant outshot the Mount, 29-12, in the opening half and held a 17-6 advantage in ground balls.
Mount St. Mary's (6-9) scored the first two goals of the third quarter. Christian Kellett opened the scoring when he converted an Scalley pass early in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 10-2. Scalley then scored unassisted to make it a 10-3 game. After a Bryant goal, the Schmidt twins connected when Bryant scored off a Brett pass to make the score 11-4 after three quarters of play.
Scalley scored just over two minutes into the fourth to cut the score to 11-5, but Dunster answered to make it a 12-5 Bryant lead. Anthony Golden rounded out the scoring with a goal with 5:38 left in the contest.
Scalley, Brett Schmidt and Kellett each earned spots on the NEC All-Tournament team. Scalley had six goals and three assists in the two games, Schmidt had three goals and one assist and Kellett scored four goals in the tournament.
Bryant (14-4) held a 49-39 advantage in shots in the game while having a 27-19 ground ball lead.
Dunster led Bryant with four goals while Sipperely added three goals and an assist. Goalkeeper Jameson Love made five saves en route to Tournament MVP honors.
Game Notes: Scalley now has 99 career goals for the Mountaineers...Bryant holds a 4-1 lead in the all-time series...The Mount defeated Bryant, 14-9, in the NEC semifinals last year.