Mount St. Mary's (0-3) at Virginia Tech (2-3)
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
Thompson Field, Blacksburg, Va.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount lost at Columbia, 15-4, this past Saturday to fall to 0-3 on the season. Lindsay Diaz, Erin Seipp, Aubrey Rubino and Kaitlyn Larrimore were the Mount's goal scorers in the game. Sarah Jane Leder made seven saves in the opening half while Steph Rurkowski had three saves in the second stanza. Larrimore leads the Mount with four goals while Hannah Gutcher has four points on a goal and three assists. Leder has a 52.9 save percentage and a 16.00 goals against average.
ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH: Virginia Tech is 2-3 this season with wins over Davidson and Coastal Carolina. The Hokies was edged by James Madison, 9-8, on a goal with 1:33 remaining in their last game. Megan Will leads the team with 11 goals and 14 points while Brooke Martin has 10 goals. Alex Gale has started all five games, posting a 15.29 goals against average and a .413 save percentage.
LAST TIME WE MET: Kaitlyn Larrimore recorded a hat trick, but the Mount fell to Virginia Tech, 12-5, on March 17 last year at Waldron Family Stadium. The Hokies scored seven consecutive goals in a run that spanned the end of the first half and beginning of the second half to take an 8-1 lead. The Mount cut the deficit to 9-5, but the Hokies scored the final three goals of the game to earn the victory.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: The Mountaineers are 0-4 all-time against Virginia Tech in the series that started in 1996. Last year, the Hokies defeated the Mount, 12-5, at Waldron Family Stadium. This will be the Mount's first game at Virginia Tech since a 20-9 loss on March 9, 2007.
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 hosts Delaware State at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4, at Waldron Family Stadium.