EMMITSBURG, Md. – As big as Jen Semler's (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) goal in overtime was in the No. 5 Moment in our Top-20 Countdown, junior Andrew Scalley's (Arnold, Md./Archbishop Spalding) tally against Robert Morris in the Northeast Conference (NEC) Semifinals was bigger. Scalley not only helped the Mount complete a five-goal comeback, but the junior pushed the Mountaineers back into a conference championship game for the third-straight year to grab the No. 4 Moment in our Top-20 Moments Countdown.
In a high scoring affair that saw both teams take leads and lose leads, Scalley sent the game into overtime with he found the back of the net with 2:22 left in the contest off a feed from Daniel Stranix (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley) to tie the game at 15.
In overtime, Jon Marsalese (Huntington Woods, Mich./Detroit Jesuit) won the faceoff to give the Mountaineers the ball before Stranix had a shot stopped by the Colonials' netminder with 3:13 on the clock. Robert Morris came back with a shot attempt 22 seconds later only to see Chris Klaiber (Lafayette, N.Y./Lafayette) come away with the stop. The Mount cleared the ball and Scalley came right to left and drove a shot across his body into the right netting at 2:10 to propel Mount St. Mary's past Robert Morris 15-14 and back into the NEC Championship Game for the second-straight year.
The Mount jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first quarter thanks to goals by Christian Kellett (Audubon, Pa./Malvern Prep), Brett Schmidt (Great Mills, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) and Mike Atkins (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum).
The Colonials then scored the next six markers to take an 8-3 with 5:51 left in the half. The Mount started its comeback by scoring the final three goals of the period off the sticks of Stranix (5:05), Scalley (2:22) and Kellett (0:07) to trim the margin to 8-6 at the break.
Robert Morris maintained the lead through three quarters, but the Mount trimmed the margin to 9-8 with 11 minutes left and 12-11 thanks to a Stranix goal with 4:29 left to make it a one-goal difference going into the final quarter.
The Mountaineers continued its run that was started by Kellett and Stranix in the third quarter with a 3-0 run to open the fourth quarter after Anthony Golden (Timonium, Md./Loyola Blakefield) (13:41), Clayton Wainer (San Diego, Calif./W.T. Woodson) (12:30) and Schmidt (9:35) each found the back of the net to hand Mount St. Mary's its first lead since the first quarter at 14-12.
The Colonials answered with three unanswered tallies to reclaim the lead at 15-14 with 4:39 before Scalley's heroics to send the game to overtime and his goal in the extra session.
Scalley paced the Mountaineers with four goals and an assist while Stranix added two markers and two assists. Kellett recorded a hat trick while Wainer, Golden and Schmidt each registered two goals in the win. Klaiber made 11 saves in the winning effort.
Mount St. Mary's lost the NEC Championship Game 12-6 to Bryant, but finished the year 6-9 overall and 2-3 in NEC play. The Mount won the NEC title last year to take the No. 2 spot in our 2010-11 Top-20 Countdown.
It was a great year as the No. 4 seed in lacrosse after both the Mount men's and women's lacrosse teams advanced to the NEC Championship Game in the four position.
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Schedule Of Release For The 2011-12 Top-20 Moments Countdown
No. 20: One Ring Rules Them All - Men's Basketball Celebrates 50th Anniversary of 1961-62 National Championship
No. 19: Women's Soccer Stuns Eventual NEC Tournament Champions LIU In League Opener
No. 18: Mann Steals Top-Moment No. 18 With New Steals Mark Against Fairleigh Dickinson
No. 17: No Hung Juhring – Juhring Makes Mark In Javelin In Her First Season
No. 16: Healy Hammers Two-Run Walk-off Homer Against Georgetown
No. 15: Bernard Finishes Cross Country Career With Fourth-Straight All-NEC Selection
No. 14: Men's Basketball Nearly Pulls Off Upset Against Maryland
No. 13: Men's Lacrosse - What A Way To Open The Season?
No. 12: Four Seed Works For Women's Lacrosse To Get Back To NEC Championship Game
No. 11: Running Down A Dream – Gibilisco Completes In NCAA East Preliminary For Second-Straight Year
No. 10: Men's Tennis Serves Up Win Against Sacred Heart In NEC Quarterfinals
No. 9: Power Perfection By Christiansen And Pagano Lead To Milestones On Diamond
No. 8: Making A Splash – Regan Becomes First Mount Swimmer To Win Event And Earn NEC Rookie Of The Meet Honors
No. 7: Mad Dash – Rosemier-Gussio Runs Away With NEC Rookie Of The Meet Honors For Indoor And Outdoor Track & Field
No. 6: Dennis Zonks La Salle With Four Goals To Tie Program Single-Game Record
No. 5: Semler's Overtime Buzzer-Beater On Senior Day Propels WLAX Past CCSU
No. 4: Scalley's Tally Sends Men's Lacrosse Back To Championship Game
No. 3: Monday, August 6, 2012
No. 2: Wednesday, August 8, 2012
No. 1: Friday, August 10, 2012