February 28, 2013

Men's Lacrosse to Face Towson on Saturday Night at Waldron Family Stadium

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (2-2) vs. TOWSON (1-3)
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 7 p.m.
Waldron Family Stadium, Emmitsburg, Md.

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MOUNT UPDATE:  The Mount lost at No. 6 Virginia, 18-11, on Tuesday night to drop to 2-2 on the season.  Brett Schmidt led the offense with three goals and two assists while Andrew Scalley chipped in a goal and three assists.  Cody Lehrer, Daniel Stranix and Eric Ososki added two goals each in the game.  Goalkeeper Adam Borgogelli made 16 saves against the Cavaliers, and is averaging 14.0 saves per game in his three starts.

ABOUT THE TIGERS:  Towson defeated Mercer, 9-8, in overtime on Saturday to improve to 1-3 on the season.  Thomas DeNapoli, who leads the team with 10 goals, scored the game-winner with 1:04 left in overtime.  Towson had rallied from an 8-5 fourth quarter deficit.  Andrew Wascavage is Towson's starting goalkeeper, posting a 10.62 goals against average and a .488 save percentage this season.  DeNapoli has a team-high 12 points (10g, 2a) while Cory Dobyns had eight goals on the year.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES:  The Mount is 0-3 all-time against Towson since moving to NCAA Division I in 1989.  Last year, the Mount lost at Towson, 10-8, after falling to the Tigers, 11-3, at home in 2011.

THE MOUNT vs. RANKED OPPONENTS:  Mount St. Mary's is 5-47 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). 

FAST START:  Senior Andrew Scalley leads the Mount with 23 points this season.  Scalley has nine goals and 14 assists on the year, and is averaging 5.75 points per game.  He has totaled 21 points (7g, 14a) over the past three games alone.

IN THE CAGE:  Sophomore Adam Borgogelli has started each of the past three games for the Mountaineers, tallying a 13.67 goals against average and a .506 save percentage.  Borgogelli is averaging 14.0 saves over the three games, which are the first three starts of his career.

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 (177, 10th all-time at MSM), Brett Schmidt (153, 13th all-time as MSM), Cody Lehrer (140, 15th all-time at MSM) and Bryant Schmidt (107, 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 32 games, the longest streak in the country.  Schmidt has scored 72 goals during his 32-game goal streak, which began on March 9, 2011.  Teammate Andrew Scalley has notched a goal in 13 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 fifth in the nation with 108 career goals, Lehrer is sixth with 107, and Schmidt is tied for 14th with 90. 

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 tied for 7th all-time at the Mount with 108 goals while Lehrer is 9th with 107 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)
108, Andrew Scalley (2010-pres.)
107, Cody Lehrer (2009-pres.)
106, Charlie Horning (1989-92)
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 124-147.

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 13.  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 heads to No. 3 Johns Hopkins on Tuesday, March 5th.  That game will be televised live on ESPNU and will start at 5:00 p.m.