Emmitsburg, Md. (April 19, 2014)--Mount St. Mary's defeated Wagner, 9-5, on Senior Day at Waldron Family Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Junior Mark Hojnoski led the Mount with three goals and two assists in the win.
Senior Bryden Pelletier started the scoring just 1:36 into the game to give the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead. Fellow senior Kyle McDonough picked up an assist on the goal. After Wagner evened the score on a Patrick McMenamin goal, the Mount scored the next three goals to stretch the lead to 4-1.
McDonough scored with 5:08 left in the first quarter to give the Mount (1-14, 1-4 NEC) a 2-1 lead, and he added an extra-man goal 14 seconds into the second quarter to make it 3-1. Hojnoski's first goal of the game pushed the lead to 4-1 with 13:58 left in the opening half. Wagner's Billy Battaglia stopped the Mount scoring run, but Mike Pascali's goal with 19 seconds left in the half gave the Mount a 5-2 advantage.
McMenamin scored 1:20 into the second half to cut the Mount lead to 5-3, but Hojnoski answered just 14 seconds later, converting a Pascali pass for his second goal of the game. Evan Gormley's unassisted goal with 11:07 left in the third pushed the lead to 7-3.
Hojnoski and Bubba Johnson scored 18 seconds apart early in the fourth quarter to give the Mount a 9-3 lead. Wagner scored the final two goals of the game for the final score of 9-5.
Hojnoski's five-point game was a career high while Pascali finished with a goal and three assists for a four-point day. McDonough added two goals and an assist for the Mount as well.
Senior Chris Klaiber had a terrific performance on Senior Day, making 15 saves in the win. Mike Celmer dominated on face-offs for the Mount as well, winning 14-of-15 in the game, collecting a game-high nine ground balls in the process. Nicholas Gibaldi made 14 saves for Wagner (2-10, 0-5 NEC).
The Mountaineers outshot Wagner, 39-29, in the game while holding a 38-26 advantage in ground balls.
Mount St. Mary's closes out the 2014 season with a 1:00 p.m. game at Sacred Heart on Saturday, April 26.