ABOUT THE MOUNT
The Mountaineers look to improve upon their 2017 season in which they finished at 4-10 overall and 1-5 in Northeast Conference play. After opening league action with a promising 6-5 victory over eventual NEC Champs Bryant, the Mount dropped its final five conference games to miss out on the playoffs.
Looking for a rebound in 2018, the Mountaineers do bring back some key pieces on both ends of the field. The Mount returns three of its top four scorers from last season, including juniors Chris DiPretoro and Jack Mangan. DiPretoro led the squad with 29 goals and 38 points, while Mangan was named to the All-NEC Second Team with 13 goals to go along with a team-high 11 assists and 49 ground balls. On the defensive end, seniors Daniel Barber and Kevin Verkler look to anchor the unit once again, as the duo ranked top-two on the team in caused turnovers a season ago. Goalie Matt Vierheller returns for his senior season after starting all 14 games in cage last year, posting a .486 save percentage and 11.51 goals against average.
In the offseason, Head Coach Tom Gravante named C.J. Ciserano, Jack Mangan, Mike Pascali and Kevin Verkler team captains for the 2018 campaign. The four captains have combined to play in 140 games during their careers at the Mount. To read more on this year's captains, click here.
To bolster this year's squad, the Mountaineers brought in 26 new freshmen, including 13 midfielders, five attackmen, three defenders, three goalies and two faceoff specialists.
The Mount was picked to finish sixth in this year's Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. Bryant was the unanimous pick to repeat in 2018, receiving all six possible first-place votes. Click here to read more on the poll.
The Blue Hens closed out the 2017 campaign with a 7-8 overall record and 0-5 mark in CAA play. Andrew Romagnoli and Austin Haynes were named to the Preseason All-CAA First Team, while Will Hirschmann earned Second Team honors. Romagnoli led the squad in all three scoring categories last season with 53 points on 34 goals and 19 assists, and finished second in the CAA in points per game and third in goals per game.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Blue Hens own a 13-3 advantage over the Mount in the all-time series. The two teams have split the last pair of matchups, with the Mount posting a 14-11 victory back in 2016, and Delaware registering an 18-5 win in the meeting last season in Emmitsburg.
Following the season opener, the Mount heads to Baltimore to take on Towson on February 17 at 12 p.m.