February 21, 2013

Women's Lacrosse Heads to Columbia for Saturday Afternoon Showdown

Mount St. Mary's (0-2) at Columbia (0-0)
Saturday, February 23, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
Robert K. Kraft Field, New York, N.Y.

MOUNT UPDATE: Sarah Jane Leder made 22 saves, but the Mount fell at No. 19 Johns Hopkins, 18-5, on Wednesday night.  Leder had 15 saves alone in the first half as the Mount trailed 9-2 at the break.  Megan Gluck paced the Mount with a hat trick while Kaitlyn Larrimore added a pair of goals.     

ABOUT COLUMBIA:   This is the season opener for Columbia, who finished with a 2-13 record in 2012.  Kacie Johnson is the top returnee for the Lions, having tallied 41 goals and 32 assists for 73 points in 15 games played last year.  Johnson had two goals and five assists in a 14-5 victory over the Mount in 2012.  Paige Cuscovitch, who had 36 goals and five assists last year, is another key returnee.

LAST TIME WE MET: Columbia defeated the Mount, 14-5, at Robert K. Kraft field on Feb. 29 last season.  Kaitlyn Larrimore recorded a hat trick with Lindsay Diaz and Nicole Price also scoring for the Mount in the loss.  Paige Cuscovitch led Columbia with four goals while Kacie Johnson added two goals and five assists in the victory.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Columbia won the first-ever meeting between the two schools, 14-5, at Robert K. Kraft Field on Feb. 29 last year. 

LEDER MAKES HISTORY:  Goalkeeper Sarah Jane Leder tied a school record with 22 saves in the Mount's 18-5 loss to No. 19 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday.  Leder, a graduate student, made 15 saves in the first half alone.  Randi Paige set the school record, making 22 saves twice during the 1996 season (vs. Villa Julie on 3/14/96 and Shippensburg on 4/16/96).  For the season, Leder has 29 saves and a .536 save percentage.

GLUCK POSTS HAT TRICK:  Sophomore Megan Gluck recorded her first career hat trick in the Mount's 18-5 loss at Johns Hopkins.  Gluck had a goal and an assist while appearing in all 19 games her freshman season.

PRESEASON POLL:  Mount St. Mary's was been picked to finish third, according to the Northeast Conference (NEC) Women's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll.  Monmouth, the defending NEC Tournament champions, has been tabbed as the preseason favorite while Quinnipiac picked up the final two first-place nods to place second in the poll. It will be the Hawks and Bobcats last year in the league with both programs slated to move to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 2014. The Mount finished third in the poll and was followed by Central Connecticut State, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, Bryant, Wagner, Saint Francis and LIU Brooklyn.

NEC HONORS IN 2012:  Meaghan Conlon highlighted six Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse players honored by the Northeast Conference (NEC) with an All-NEC first-team selection last year.  Jen Semler, Esther Rufolo, Lindsay Diaz and Gabe Little were named to the All-NEC second team. Freshman Erin Seipp was selected to the NEC All-Rookie team.

NEXT UP:  The Mount plays at Columbia on Saturday, February 23, at 1:00 p.m.