#4 MOUNT ST. MARY'S (7-10, 6-3 NEC) at #1 MONMOUTH (11-6, 9-0 NEC)
Friday, April 26, 2013, 12:00 p.m.
Kessler Field, West Long Branch, N.J.
MOUNT UPDATE: In a rematch of last season's Northeast Conference Championship game, the Mount will attempt to become the third No. 4 seed to win a playoff game with Friday's semifinal against Monmouth. The Mount accomplished the feat in 2003 with a 15-7 win over Monmouth in the semifinals and again last season with the 7-4 victory over Sacred Heart. The Mount clinched a spot in the playoffs for the 11th-consecutive season with a 5-4 win over Central Connecticut on April 19. Last time out against Bryant, sophomore Erin Seipp tallied a pair of goals to bring her season total to 23.
ABOUT MONMOUTH: The top-seeded Hawks completed an undefeated NEC schedule with wins over Bryant (12-8) and Central Connecticut (9-7) over the weekend. Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Donohoe, who ranks 21st in the nation with an 8.84 goals against average, has been NEC Defensive Player of the Week for the past two weeks. After a 0-5 start to the season, Monmouth has won 11 of its last 12 games entering the weekend.
LAST TIME WE MET: The Mount dropped an 8-5 home decision to Monmouth on March 29. The Hawks took a 2-0 halftime lead then scored the first four goals of the second half for a 6-0 lead. The Mount scored five of the last six goals, but it was too-little-too-late. Senior Kaitlyn Larrimore scored four goals, and graduate student Sarah Jane Leder made 13 saves in the loss.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Monmouth holds a 20-8 lead in the all-time series. The Hawks have won the last five matchups with the Mount's last win coming on March 29, 2009.
IN THE NATION: Junior Gabe Little ranks second in the nation with 54 ground balls this season. Her 3.12 ground balls per game are good for fourth nationally.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: On April 15, senior Kaitlyn Larrimore earned NEC Player of the Week for the first time in her career. She became the first Mount player to win the award since Emily Kirby in 2010. Larrimore has 19 multi-goal games in her career and 19 goals in NEC play, including her fifth of the game to break a 9-9 tie against Quinnipiac with 25 seconds left on April 14.
RECORD BOOK: With 151 career saves, Sarah Jane Leder ranks sixth all-time in Mount St. Mary's history. Lindsay Diaz's 109 career draw controls are sixth in school history. Gabe Little has caused 63 career turnovers which is 13th all-time and Kaitlyn Larrimore's 75 career goals are good for 16th in Mount history.
HERE EVERY YEAR: The Mount qualified for the conference tournament for the 11th-consecutive season and 15th time overall. The 11 appearances marks the longest active streak, and the 15 trips are tied with Monmouth for the most in NEC history.
NO. 4 SEED: The Mount is the No. 4 seed for the seventh time in program history. In the previous six postseasons as the No. 4 seed, the Mount has put together a 2-6 record after being the fourth seed in 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.
DEJA VU: The Mount completed non-conference play with a 1-7 record for the third season in a row. For the third consecutive season, the Mount was 6-3 in NEC play to finish the regular season 7-10. In Johnson's first two seasons, the Mount won the opening game of the NEC Tournament to qualify for the finals before falling in the championship game to end the season 8-11.
DEFENSE IN THE NEC: After allowing seven out of eight non-conference opponents to reach double-digit goals, the Mount's defense has clamped down in conference play. In nine NEC regular season games, the Mount yielded double digits just twice.
DIAZ REMAINS CONSISTENT: Lindsay Diaz has scored a goal in 13 of the Mount's 17 games and is tied for second on the team with 23. For her career, Diaz has notched at least two goals in a game on 10 occasions. She ranks fourth in the NEC with 11 free position goals.
IN THE NEC: The Mount ranks ninth out of 10 NEC teams in scoring average with 7.82 goals per game. Defensively, the Mountaineers are fifth in goals against average with an 11.09 mark. As far as taking care of the ball, the Mount is third in the conference with 14.35 turnovers per game and third in the NEC with 16.65 ground balls per game.
HEAD COACH B.J. JOHNSON: In three seasons at the helm, Johnson has put together an 18-9 NEC record and a 23-32 overall mark after leading the Mountaineers to back-to-back NEC Championship games in her first two seasons. The Mount is 12-11 at home under Johnson, 10-21 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, who was also a member of the women's basketball team during the 2007-08 season, scored 47 goals and dished out 10 assists in her playing career on the lacrosse field 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 31-24 overall and 26-7 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 154-161, 90-62 at home, 60-89 on the road and 4-10 in neutral site games.
UP NEXT: A win on Friday would send the Mount to the NEC Championship game for the third season in a row. The game will be played on Sunday, April 28, at 1:00 p.m. at Kessler Field on the campus on Monmouth in West Long Branch, N.J. The winner of the Mount/Monmouth game will play the winner of the other semifinal between No. 2 Central Connecticut State and No. 3 Bryant.