April 27, 2013

Jake Willertz Posts Hat Trick as Mount St. Mary's Closes Out 2013 Season with 14-7 Win at Wagner

Staten Island,N.Y. (April 27, 2013)—Mount St. Mary's closed out the 2013 season with a 14-7 win at Wagner on Saturday afternoon.  After spotting the Seahawks a 5-0 lead, the Mount scored 13 consecutive goals to earn the victory.

Jake Willertz paced the Mount (6-9, 2-3 NEC) with three goals in the victory.  It was the fourth career hat trick for Willertz, and his first since scoring four goals in an 18-8 win over Saint Joseph's on April 21, 2010.

Brett Schmidt closed out his stellar career with five points on two goals and three assists.  Schmidt finished the season with a team-high 34 goals while dishing out 26 assists for 60 points.  He finishes tied for fifth all-time at the Mount with 196 points, tied for seventh with 114 goals and ninth with 82 assists.

Andrew Scalley added two goals and an assist for the Mountaineers in the win.  Scalley finished the year with 30 goals and 36 assists for a team-high 66 points.  He ends his Mount career second all-time in points (220), fourth in goals (129) and fourth in assists (91).

Cody Lehrer added two goals and an assist in the win with Bryant Schmidt adding a pair of goals.  Lehrer closes out his career sixth all-time at the Mount with 124 career goals and 159 points while Schmidt had 81 goals and 122 points.

Daniel Stranix chipped in a goal and two assists while Connor Carey and Clayton Wainer also scored for the Mount in the game.  Jon Marsalese won 15-of-19 face-offs while picking up 11 ground balls.  In goal, Adam Borgogelli had six saves while allowing five goals in 35:14 of action.  Chris Klaiber allowed two goals while making three saves in 24:46.

Things did not start well for the Mount as Wagner (1-12, 0-5) jumped to a 5-0 lead over the first 10 minutes of the game.

The Mountaineers responded by scoring the next 13 goals in the game to earn the victory.  Lehrer started the streak with a goal late in the first quarter to cut the deficit to 5-1.

Brett Schmidt scored back-to-back goals to open the second quarter before Scalley scored to cut the Wagner advantage to 5-4.  Carey's goal with 6:14 left in the half evened the score, and Willertz tallied back-to-back goals to give the Mount a 7-5 lead at the half.

Mount St. Mary's scored the first six goals of the third quarter to complete the run.  Scalley, Lehrer, Stranix and Bryant Schmidt all scored in the opening 5:14 of the second half to push the Mount lead to 11-5.

David DeCirce led Wagner with two goals while Colin O'Rourke added a goal and two assists.

The Mountaineers held a 44-to-33 edge in shots while posting a 27-to-25 advantage in ground balls.