MOUNT ST MARY'S (1-4) at VILLANOVA (1-3)
Saturday, March 9th, 1:00 p.m.
Villanova Stadium, Villanova, Pa.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse team earned its first win of the season on Monday with a convincing 18-0 defeat of first-year program Delaware State at Waldron Family Stadium. The shutout was the first for the Mount since March 28, 2008. In the win, 13 different players scored for the Mount highlighted by Lindsay Diaz's four goals and one assist. Aubrey Rubino and Molly Morris added two goals apiece. The Mount outshot the Hornets, 31-2, and held a 16-4 edge on draw controls. Sarah Jane Leder made one save in the first half to pick up the win in goal for the Mountaineers.
ABOUT VILLANOVA: Villanova fell to 1-3 on the season following a 14-10 loss to Drexel on Wednesday. The Wildcats dropped road games to Lehigh and Princeton to open the season. Their lone win came against Northeast Conference opponent Central Connecticut on March 2nd when the Wildcats played their way to an 11-8 victory. Villanova's leading goal scorer, Jackie Froccaro, netted five goals in the opener at Lehigh and another the following game at Princeton but has not played in their two most recent games. The Wildcats rely on Amanda Hirschfeld in goal, who has made 24 saves and allowed 35 goals in four games.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: The Mount holds a 3-1 all-time series lead over the Wildcats. Villanova took the first meeting in 1996, 18-5. Following ten years without playing each other, the two teams squared off three years in row from 2006-2008 with the Mount winning all three games. The Mount is 2-1 in games played at Villanova. During their last matchup, the Mount captured a 15-9 road victory on April 6, 2008.
DIAZ LEADING THE OFFENSE: Junior Lindsay Diaz has scored a goal in four of the Mount's five games so far this season, including at least one in each of the last three. She leads the team with nine goals and has seven in the Mount's last two contests. Against Virginia Tech, she scored three times and dished out one assist, then secured a team-high four goals against Delaware State to go with another assist. For her career, Diaz has notched at least two goals in a game on seven occasions.
MOUNT HISTORY BOOKS: Lindsay Diaz had 73 career draw controls entering the season, which placed her 13th all-time in Mount history. Through five games in 2013, she has a team-best 10. Her 83 career draw controls put her 12th and only two behind Aly Jost (85) for 11th on the Mount's career list.
LARRIMORE ON TRACK: Kaitlyn Larrimore, the team's leading goal scorer in 2012, ranks second on the team with five goals this season. Like Diaz, Larrimore has tallied at least one goal in four of the Mount's five games. The Pylesville, Md. native has 14 multi-goal games in her career.
GROUND BALLS: Mount St. Mary's leads the NEC with 90 ground balls, and the team clip of 18 per game is tied for the league lead.
IN GOAL: Sarah Jane Leder and Steph Rurkowski combined for the only shutout in the NEC so far this season against Delaware State. Leder has started all five games for the Mountaineers between the pipes. She has stopped a Northeast Conference best 44 shots and ranks third among NEC goalkeepers with a .512 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: In three seasons at the helm, Johnson has put together a 12-6 NEC record and a 17-26 overall mark after leading the Mountaineers to back-to-back NEC Championship games in her first two seasons. The Mount is 8-9 at home under Johnson, 8-16 in road games and 1-1 in neutral site games.
ALL-TIME RECORD: Now in its 18th season of existence, the Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse program is 148-155 overall, 86-60 at home, 58-85 on the road and 4-10 in neutral site games.
UP NEXT: The Mount returns to Waldron Family Stadium for a Wednesday evening game against George Washington on March 13th at 4:00 p.m.