MOUNT ST. MARY'S (2-1) at No. 6 VIRGINIA (3-0)
Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.
Kloeckner Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.
MOUNT UPDATE: Mount St. Mary's defeated Delaware, 15-12, at home this past Saturday to move to 2-1 on the season. Andrew Scalley had a career-high nine points on three goals and six assists while Cody Lehrer and Brett Schmidt each had four goals in the win. The Mount raced to a 9-4 lead early in the third quarter, only to see Delaware rally to tie the game at 9-9. With the team tied 10-10 midway through the fourth quarter, the Mount scored the next four goals to take control of the game. Scalley snapped the tie with his third goal of the game with 6:32 left, Eric Ososki, Lehrer and Schmidt completed the run that gave the Mount a four-goal cushion with 1:48 remaining. Goalkeeper Adam Borgogelli made 13 saves for the Mount to win his second consecutive start.
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS: Sixth-ranked Virginia is coming off a 13-7 win over Stony Brook on Saturday. Mark Cockerton scored five goals to pace the Cavaliers to the road victory. Cockerton leads Virginia with 11 goals while Nick O'Reilly has a team-high 14 points on five goals and nine assists. In goal, Dan Marino has a 7.99 goals against average and 22 saves for a .524 save percentage.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Virginia holds a 10-0 lead in the all-time series that began in 2003. This will be the ninth consecutive season the two teams have met. Last year, the Cavaliers posted a 17-5 win over the Mount at Waldron Family Stadium. The Mount and Virginia met in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in both 2003 and 2010.
HOT START: The Mount's 2-1 record after three games is the best start by a Mount team since the 1999 squad started the season with a 3-1 mark. This is just the fifth time (1991, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2013) since joining NCAA Division I that the Mount has had a 2-1 record after three games.
THE MOUNT vs. RANKED OPPONENTS: Mount St. Mary's is 5-46 all-time against ranked opponents since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89. All five of the wins against ranked opponents have come since 2010, including a 12-11 victory over No. 18 Bucknell on Feb. 17. Last year, the Mount had a pair of wins over ranked teams (#16 Delaware and #20 Robert Morris).
RECEIVING VOTES: Mount St. Mary's was among six schools to receiving votes in this week's USILA Top 20 poll and among seven schools receiving votes in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Top 20 poll.
SCALLEY NAMED NEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior attack Andrew Scalley earned NEC Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week for his career-high nine-point effort against Delaware. Scalley had three goals and six assists in the Mount's 15-12 win, including the go-ahead goal with 6:32 left in the game. Scalley leads the Mount with 19 points on eight goals and 11 assists. He is averaging 8.50 points over the past two games. It is the fifth time that Scalley has been named the NEC Player of the Week.
100-POINT SCORERS: The Mount has four players with 100 career points in Andrew Scalley (173, 11th all-time at MSM), Brett Schmidt (148, 14th all-time as MSM), Cody Lehrer (137, 16th all-time at MSM) and Bryant Schmidt (106, 22nd) all-time at MSM. It is the first time in school history that the Mount has had four players with 100 or more career points on the roster at the same time.
SCHMIDT HAS NATION'S LONGEST GOAL-SCORING STREAK: Senior attack Brett Schmidt has scored at least one goal in each of his past 31 games, the longest streak in the country. Schmidt has scored 69 goals during his 31-game goal streak, which began on March 9, 2011. Teammate Andrew Scalley has notched a goal in 12 consecutive games.
TOP GOAL SCORERS: Andrew Scalley, Cody Lehrer and Brett Schmidt are among the top 15 career goal scorers in the nation. Scalley is currently tied for fourth in the nation with 107 career goals, Lehrer is sixth with 105, and Schmidt is 15th with 87.
CHASING WARNER: Andrew Scalley and Cody Lehrer are chasing Matt Warner for the Mount's all-time goal record. Warner scored a school-record 138 goals for the Mount from 2003-06, just one ahead of second-place Steve Ricker (137, 1997-00). Scalley is currently 8th all-time at the Mount with 107 goals while Lehrer is 10th with 105 career tallies.
MOUNT ALL-TIME GOAL LIST
138, Matt Warner (2003-06)
137, Steve Ricker (1997-00)
134, Matt Mundorf (1986-89)
128, Greg Tolker (1985-88)
114, Josh Warfield (2000-03)
112, Roland Miller (1995-98)
108, Brian Barry (1973-76)
107, Andrew Scalley (2010-pres.)
106, Charlie Horning (1989-92)
105, Cody Lehrer (2009-pres.)
103, Mike McNulty (1987-90)
WELCOME BACK: Attack Cody Lehrer, midfielder Eric Ososki and long stick midfielder Mark Burns return to the Mount lineup this season after sitting out as redshirts in 2012. Lehrer has 96 goals and 28 assists for 124 career points in 47 games at the Mount. 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 RANKINGS: The Mount was picked to finish in second place in the annual Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. Defending champion Bryant was picked first, followed by the Mount, Robert Morris, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and Wagner.
THE NORTHEAST CONFERENCE: The Northeast Conference will be in its third season sponsoring men's lacrosse in 2013. The six schools include the Mount, Bryant, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart and Wagner. This year, the winner of the NEC Tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
HEAD COACH TOM GRAVANTE: Head coach Tom Gravante is in his 18th season on the Mount sidelines. Gravante was been named Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011, and guided the Mount to the NCAA Tournament in 2003 and 2010. A four-time MAAC Coach of the Year, 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 last season. He has an all-time record of 124-146.
HAT TRICKS: Twins Brett and Bryant Schmidt have recorded hat tricks in the same game four times in their careers. The list of games includes Wagner (April 28, 2012), Michigan (March 24, 2012), VMI (March 10, 2012) and Quinnipiac (May 8, 2011).
HAT TRICKS (PART 2): Eight different players on the Mount roster have recorded a hat trick in their career. Cody Lehrer and Andrew Scalley lead the list with 18 career hat tricks each, followed by Brett Schmidt with 12. The rest of the list includes Bryant Schmidt (8), Jake Willertz (3), Eric Ososki (2), Anthony Golden (2) and Daniel Stranix (1). Lehrer and Scalley's 17 career hat tricks are tied for the third most in the nation, behind Colgate's Peter Baum (28) and Army's Garret Thul (25).
UP NEXT: The Mount hosts Towson on Saturday, March 2, at 7:00 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium on campus.