MOUNT ST. MARY'S (0-4) vs. DELAWARE STATE (0-3)
Monday, March 4, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
Waldron Family Stadium, Emmitsburg, Md.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount is looking to bounce back from a 13-4 road loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday. Junior Lindsay Diaz paced the offensive attack for Mount St. Mary's with three goals and an assist against the Hokies. The Mount's other goal on the day came courtesy of Hayley Tomilson. In goal, starter Sarah Jane Leder stopped seven first-half shots in the loss.
ABOUT DELAWARE STATE: The Hornets, in their inaugural season, enter Monday's matchup searching for their first win in program history. In the season opener on Feb. 16th, DSU dropped a 21-2 decision to Northeast Conference opponent Wagner. They followed up with home losses to Detroit Mercy, 15-1, and Liberty, 21-4. Emily Peets and Kiyanna Brown lead the team with two goals apiece. In goal, Rhian Sellers has played every minute for the Hornets, making 18 saves and allowing 57 goals.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Monday will mark the first-ever meeting between the Mount and Delaware State.
MOUNT HISTORY BOOKS: Lindsay Diaz, who finished last season with the second-most draw controls in Mount single-season history (64), leads this year's team with seven and is now 12th on the Mount's career draw controls list.
GROUND BALLS: As a team, the Mount leads the NEC with 67 ground balls and is second in ground balls per game with 16.75. Gabe Little ranks first in the conference with 14 ground balls through four games.
IN GOAL: Sarah Jane Leder has started all four games for the Mountaineers between the pipes. She has stopped a Northeast Conference best 43 shots and is second among NEC goalkeepers with a .506 save percentage.
PRESEASON POLL: Mount St. Mary's has been picked to finish third, according to the Northeast Conference 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 last year in the league for the Hawks and Bobcats 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 U and LIU Brooklyn.
NEC HONORS IN 2012: Meaghan Conlon highlighted six Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse players honored by the Northeast Conference 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.
HEAD COACH B.J. JOHNSON: Now in her third season at the helm, Johnson has compiled a 12-6 NEC record and a 16-26 overall mark while leading the Mountaineers to back-to-back NEC Championship games.
NEXT UP: Following Monday's action, the Mountaineers will travel to Villanova, Pa. on Saturday, March 9th, to square off with the Villanova Wildcats at 1:00 p.m. at Villanova Stadium.