LACE UP 4 PEDIATRIC CANCER
At Saturday's game, Mount St. Mary's will be lacing up for pediatric cancer to support Go4theGoal Foundation which helps children battling cancer. The Mountaineers will be wearing gold shoe laces to honor and help bring awareness to the cause, and donations will be accepted at the game.
Go4theGoal works to improve the lives of children battling cancer by providing financial assistance, granting special wishes, developing unique hospital programs, and funding innovative research. Learn more about Go4theGoal and how you can help make a difference by visiting Go4theGoal.org
The Mountaineers earned their first win of the season last Friday, rolling past UMBC by a 16-7 margin in Emmitsburg for the program's first-ever victory over the Retrievers in 24 meetings. Brenden McCarthy (2g, 5a), Stephano Mastro (5g, 1a) and Chris DiPretoro (4g, 1a) combined for 18 points to lead the Mountaineers, and rookie Luke Mutterer stopped seven shots in his first career start to collect the win.
Last time out, the Mount fell at 17th-ranked Georgetown by a 16-6 final. The Hoyas scored five straight goals while holding the Mount scoreless for nearly a 19-minute stretch spanning the second and third quarters to take command of the contest. Stephano Mastro and Luke Frankeny's two goals apiece were not enough in the loss for the Mount.
Goals: DiPretoro (10), Frankeny (10), Mastro (10)
Assists: McCarthy (9), Bethke (5), Haggerty (4), DiPretoro (4)
Points: McCarthy (18), DiPretoro (14), Frankeny (11), Mastro (11)
Ground balls: Stephan (37), Mangan (11), McIntosh (11)
Caused turnovers: Mangan (8), McIntosh (6), Davies (5)
Faceoffs: Stephan (59-121)
Save pct: Mutterer (.500)
The Keydets lost their season opener, 12-7, at the hands of Manhattan before bouncing back with an 11-9 win at NJIT this past Saturday. Ryan Perouty (6g) and Wesley Sanders (5g, 1a) lead the squad with six points apiece through the opening two games. Bill Osteen has posted a .512 save percentage and 10.50 goals against average in a pair of starts in goal.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Saturday's contest will be the 23rd all-time meeting between Mount St. Mary's and VMI in the Mount's Division I era. The Mountaineers own a 20-2 advantage in the series and have won the last 10 matchups, including a 14-8 triumph last season. In last year's game, Chris DiPretoro (3g, 1a) and Jack Mangan (1g, 2a) led the way for the Mount, while goalie Matt Vierheller made 10 saves to collect the win.
The Mount continues its home stand next Saturday (March 10) against Mercer at 11 a.m. at Waldron Family Stadium.