EMMITSBURG, Md. – The No. 4 seed and Mount St. Mary's has seemed to fit together over the last couple of years. In 2008, the Mount men's basketball and baseball teams both won the Northeast Conference (NEC) Tournament as the No. 4 seed and this year the Mountaineers had two teams win a game in the NEC Tournament in that position. The Mount women's lacrosse team became the second-ever women's lacrosse No. 4 seed to win a game in the NEC Tournament on their way to its second-straight NEC Tournament appearance to scoop up our No. 12 Moment in our Top-20 Countdown.
Going into the final weekend of the lacrosse season, the Mount women's lacrosse team had a shot to host the NEC Tournament or could have been in the No. 2, 3 or 4 spots. Sacred Heart came into the weekend needing a win to get into the postseason and ended up hosting the four-team tournament and faced the No. 4 seed Mountaineers.
Mount St. Mary's had been in the No. 4 spot before and at Campus Field when the squad became the first women's lacrosse team in league history to send the top seed home early after defeating Monmouth in 2003. The Mount already had a win against the Pioneers in Connecticut thanks to an 11-6 victory on Apr. 1.
In the NEC Tournament game on Apr. 27, the Mount jumped out to a 5-0 lead at halftime en route to a 7-4 win to become the second NEC and Mount St. Mary's team to topple the No. 1 seed as the No. 4 seed.
Senior Jen Semler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) made sure that her collegiate career would not end without another chance for the NEC title. The senior posted two goals and an assist in the first half, including scoring the game's first tally at 5:25. After Erin Seipp (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Preparatory) found the twine unassisted at 8:16, Semler notched her second goal of the day at 17:36 and then assisted Lindsay Diaz (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) at 19:46. Esther Rufolo (Woodstock, Md./Chapelgate Christian Academy) ended the scoring in the first half with a tally at 5:10 to give Mount St. Mary's a five-goal lead at the break.
The Mount held a team off the scoreboard in a half for the first time since it accomplished the feat against Howard on Feb. 20, 2010.
Sacred Heart would score four of the final six goals in the game, but the Mount came away with a 7-4 win. After the Pioneers scored to start the second half at 30:47, Seipp notched her second goal of the match at 31:42 and Kaitlyn Larrimore (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) found the twine at 43:47 to give Mount St. Mary's a 7-1 lead. Sacred Heart scored three times in the final 14 minutes, but the Mount advanced to the NEC Championship Game for the second-straight season under head coach B.J. Johnson.
Senior Brigid McTavish (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll) notched one of her best performances of the year in between the pipes, making 10 saves of the day including six stops in the first half.
Mount St. Mary's played in its sixth NEC Championship Game and battled Monmouth in the title game for the fourth time. The Hawks came away with the title.
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Schedule Of Release For The 2011-12 Top-20 Moments Countdown
No. 20: One Ring Rules Them All - Men's Basketball Celebrates 50th Anniversary of 1961-62 National Championship
No. 19: Women's Soccer Stuns Eventual NEC Tournament Champions LIU In League Opener
No. 18: Mann Steals Top-Moment No. 18 With New Steals Mark Against Fairleigh Dickinson
No. 17: No Hung Juhring – Juhring Makes Mark In Javelin In Her First Season
No. 16: Healy Hammers Two-Run Walk-off Homer Against Georgetown
No. 15: Bernard Finishes Cross Country Career With Fourth-Straight All-NEC Selection
No. 14: Men's Basketball Nearly Pulls Off Upset Against Maryland
No. 13: Men's Lacrosse - What A Way To Open The Season?
No. 12: Four Seed Works For Women's Lacrosse To Get Back To NEC Championship Game
No. 11: Wednesday, July 18, 2012
No. 10: Friday, July 20, 2012
No. 9: Monday, July 23, 2012
No. 8: Wednesday, July 25, 2012
No. 7: Friday, July 27, 2012
No. 6: Monday, July 30, 2012
No. 5: Wednesday, August 1, 2012
No. 4: Friday, August 3, 2012
No. 3: Monday, August 6, 2012
No. 2: Wednesday, August 8, 2012
No. 1: Friday, August 10, 2012