MOUNT ST. MARY'S (3-8, 2-1 NEC) at SAINT FRANCIS U (4-7, 1-3 NEC)
Friday, April 5, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
DeGol Field, Loretto, Pa.
MOUNT ST. MARY'S (3-8, 2-1 NEC) at ROBERT MORRIS (6-5, 2-2 NEC)
Sunday, April 7, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
Joe Walton Stadium, Moon Township, Pa.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount will be looking to rebound from an 8-5 loss to Monmouth on March 29. In Friday's home game, Kaitlyn Larrimore scored on all four of her shots while Lindsay Diaz put home the Mount's other goal. The Mount's defense held their opponent to eight goals or fewer for the third time this season. In games against Northeast Conference opponents, goalkeeper Sarah Jane Leder has a league-leading .512 save percentage and her 7.08 goals against average is second best in NEC games. On defense, Gabe Little is third in the NEC with 35 ground balls and a 3.18 ground balls per game average.
ABOUT SAINT FRANCIS U: Following a 3-4 non-conference schedule, the Red Flash has gone 1-3 in Northeast Conference play. Saint Francis suffered losses to Central Connecticut State, Bryant and Wagner before taking down LIU Brooklyn, 19-12, last time out on March 30. Seven different players have scored at least 10 goals this season for the Red Flash, headlined by 22 goals and seven assists from Olivia Pittman and 12 goals and 18 assists from Katie Schaaf. Goalkeeper Savannah Shores is giving up 9.79 goals per game, which is good for second in the NEC.
ABOUT ROBERT MORRIS: The Colonials boast one of the highest-scoring offenses in the NEC, ranking second in goals (11.09) and assists (4.82) per game. Brittany Byerly is tied for the NEC lead with 10 free position goals and has a team-high 10 assists on the season. Emily Jamison has scored the second-most goals in the NEC with 26. On draw controls, Jessica Karwacki has compiled 107, which is more than double the second-most in the league of 44 by Monmouth's Kristina Vangeli.
LAST TIME WE MET: The Mount led wire-to-wire in a 12-8 victory over Robert Morris at home on March 23, 2012. Kaitlyn Larrimore poured in four goals and was helped by hat tricks from Erin Seipp and Hannah Gutcher. Against Saint Francis U on March 25, 2012, the Mount built a 7-3 halftime lead then held on for a 13-10 victory. Larrimore and Seipp again paced the offense with four and three goals, respectively.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Mount is undefeated in 10 games against Saint Francis U. In their 10 wins dating back to 2002, the Mountaineers have outscored the Red Flash, 191-43. Against Robert Morris, the Mount holds a 7-2 all-time series lead. The two sides first met in 2005 with the Mount winning the first four matchups. The Mount has won two in a row in the series and is 2-2 in games in Moon Township, Pa.
RECORD BOOKS: With 132 career saves, Sarah Jane Leder ranks seventh all-time in Mount St. Mary's history. Lindsay Diaz's 94 career draw controls are good for 11th in school history. Gabe Little has caused 54 career turnovers which is tied for 16th all-time and Kaitlyn Larrimore's 62 career goals are good for a tie for 19th in Mount history.
DIAZ LEADING: Lindsay Diaz has scored a goal in nine of the Mount's 11 games and leads the team with 17. For her career, Diaz has notched at least two goals in a game on nine occasions.
LARRIMORE BACK ON TRACK: Kaitlyn Larrimore, the team's leading goal scorer in 2012, is third on the team with 12 goals this season. After scoring in five of the first six games of the season, Larrimore was held without a goal for three games until netting two against LIU Brooklyn on March 24 and four against Monmouth on March 29. The senior has 16 multi-goal games in her career.
GROUND BALLS: Gabe Little is third in the NEC with 35 ground balls this season. As a team, the Mount checks in at third in the conference with 201.
PRESEASON POLL: Mount St. Mary's was 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.
HEAD COACH B.J. JOHNSON: In three seasons at the helm, Johnson has put together a 14-7 NEC record and a 19-30 overall mark after leading the Mountaineers to back-to-back NEC Championship games in her first two seasons. The Mount is 10-11 at home under Johnson, 8-18 in road games and 1-1 in neutral site games.
NEW COACHING STAFF: Johnson added two new assistants to her staff for the 2013 season in Dana Cahill and Nicole Price. Cahill played goalkeeper for Johnson at Penn State and was a Tewaaraton Award nominee as a senior. The 2012 graduate ranked second in the nation with 180 saves last season. Price scored 47 goals and dished out 10 assists in her playing career at Mount St. Mary's. She was a 2011 NEC All-Tournament Team selection after scoring a hat trick in a semifinal win over Robert Morris.
WALDRON FAMILY STADIUM: At Waldron Family Stadium, the Mount women's lacrosse team has gone 29-24 overall and 24-7 against NEC teams since the Stadium's first lacrosse season in 2007. The 1,000-seat facility is named in honor of Trustee Emeritus Eugene Waldron, C'64, and his family; while the all-purpose lacrosse and soccer field is named the "Lawrence E. Horning, Sr. Field," in honor of deceased alum Larry Horning, C'56. The complex includes an all-weather synthetic "field turf," enhanced locker room and training facilities, restrooms and concession stand and parking.
ALL-TIME RECORD: Now in its 18th season of existence, the Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse program is 150-159, 88-62 at home, 58-87 on the road and 4-10 in neutral site games.
UP NEXT: The Mount will make their final homestand next weekend with games at Waldron Family Stadium against Sacred Heart on Friday, April 12, at 4:00 p.m. and Quinnipiac on Sunday, April 14, at noon.