October 5, 2012

Dennis-Steele Tandem Powers Men's Soccer Past Bryant, 4-1

EMMITSBURG, Md. – Zoncher Dennis (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) and Matthew Steele (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) both recorded a goal and an assist to lift Mount St. Mary's past Bryant 4-1 in Northeast Conference (NEC) men's soccer action on Friday.

Dennis got the scoring started on a penalty kick for his third goal of the season and then assisted the Mount's (3-7-0, 1-2-0 NEC) second tally of the day. It was the sophomore's third goal of the season and 14th of his career to move into eighth place on the program's Division I goal list.

After Dennis had a hand in the Mountaineers' first two goals, Steele helped the squad score its final two goals. The sophomore dished out an assist on Mount St. Mary's third goal of the day to start the scoring in the second half and then found the twine unassisted for his second goal of the season and third of his career.

Jimmy Ockford (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) and Mark Plaisance (Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg) also found the twine for the Mount while Peter Steve (Dallas, Pa./Dallas) made three saves in the winning effort.

Brett Larocque scored the Bulldogs (3-4-1, 1-2-0 NEC) in the loss off an Eddie Curry helper. Chris Knaub made three saves in 78:22 minutes of action in the loss.

Mount St. Mary's jumped out to the lead and never looked back to earn its first league win of 2012.

After a foul in the box, Dennis converted the PK at 6:28 to give the Mount a 1-0 lead. The sophomore then dished out an assist to Ockford for the junior's first marker of the season at 38:56 to increase the margin to two goals going into the break.

It was then the Steele show in the second half. Steele set up Plaisance second goal of the season at 52:27 and then found the twine unassisted at 76:34 to seal the victory.

Larocque got Bryant on the scoreboard off a feed from Curry in the final two minutes of the match, but the Mountaineers came away with the victory.

The four goals were a season high and the most since the Mount defeated La Salle 5-0 on Sept. 24, 2011. It also marked the most goals scored in an NEC game for the Mountaineers since downing the Bulldogs 4-3 on Oct. 22, 2010.

Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Sunday at home against Fairleigh Dickinson. Game time is 3 p.m.