Mount St. Mary's (1-2-1) vs. Towson (2-1-1)
Tuesday, September 7, 7:00 p.m.
Waldron Family Stadium, Emmitsburg, Md.
Mount Update: George Washington scored 2:50 into overtime to defeat the Mount, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon. The Mount had two goals called back due to offsides early in the second half in the loss. Goalkeeper Alicia Miller made three saves for the Mount while Sadie Winship paced the offense with three shots.
Towson Update: Towson defeated Penn, 1-0, on a first-half goal Annie Hillin last Friday to improve to 2-1-1 on the season. Goalkeeper Jocelyn Papciak made six saves in the game as Towson was outshot, 14-6. Towson defeated Duquesne (2-1) while tying Saint Louis (0-0) after opening the season with a 3-2 loss to Loyola. Kaysi Ward leads the team with two goals while Emily Banes and Cheyenne Skidmore each have a goal and two assists. Papciak has a 0.95 goals against average on the year.
The All-Time Series with Towson: The Mount is 1-13-0 all-time in 14 meetings with Towson. Towson won the last meeting, 2-1, on Aug. 24, 2008, at Towson. The Tigers have won the past 10 matchups dating back to the Mount's lone win in the series, a 1-0 victory on October 24, 1995.
Year-by-Year Results vs.
Sept. 26, 1992 Towson 7, Mount 3 Emmitsburg, Md.
Oct. 13, 1993 Towson 7, Mount 0 Towson, Md.
Sept. 28, 1994 Towson 3, Mount 1 Emmitsburg, Md.
Oct. 24, 1995 Mount 1, Towson 0 Towson, Md.
Aug. 29, 1997 Towson 2, Mount 0 Towson, Md.
Sept. 27, 1998 Towson 1, Mount 0 Emmitsburg, Md.
Sept. 3, 2000 Towson 2, Mount 1 Towson, Md.
Sept. 2, 2001 Towson 5, Mount 1 Emmitsburg, Md.
Sept. 15, 2002 Towson 3, Mount 0 Towson, Md.
Sept. 14, 2003 Towson 2, Mount 0 Emmitsburg, Md.
Sept. 11, 2004 Towson 1, Mount 0 Towson, Md.
Aug. 28, 2006 Towson 2, Mount 0 Towson, Md.
Sept. 21, 2007 Towson 3, Mount 1 Emmitsburg, Md.
Aug. 24, 2008 Towson 2, Mount 1 Towson, Md.
Last Year's Meeting...Courtney Hamsher scored with 4:47 left in the first half and Kaitlyn Zamroz made it 2-0 1:07 into the second half to lift Towson to a 2-1 win over the Mount in the season opener in 2008. Erin Canning's goal just 2:46 after Zamroz's goal cut the margin to 2-1, but the Mount could not get the equalizer. Alicia Miller made eight saves in her collegiate debut for the Mount, who was outshot 26-to-7 in the game.
Defense Shining...The Mount has not allowed more than one goal in a game this season, giving up three over the first four games of the year. It is the best defensive start to a season in school history, besting the four goals allowed over the first four games by the 1998 team.
Busy Stretch...The Mount is in the midst of playing five games over a 10-day stretch. The busy part of the schedule opened with a 1-0 win over VMI on Sept. 3 and followed with a 1-0 overtime loss to George Washington on Sept. 5. After the Towson game on Sept. 7, the Mount will play at Longwood (Sept. 10) before returning home on Sept. 12 to face NJIT.
For Comparison's Sake...Here's a look into the team's statistics through four games this year. The Mount has outsthot the opposition 46-to-35 while holding a 19-to-18 advantage in corner kicks. On the scoreboard, however, the Mount has been outscored, 3-to-2.
Close Calls...All four of the Mount's games this year have been decided by one goal or less. The Mount owns a 1-0 win over VMI and has 1-0 losses against Navy and George Washington. The Mount also tied George Mason, 1-1.
Home Field Advantage...One of the goals for head coach Tom Gosselin this season was to establish a home field advantage. The Mount is 1-0-1 this year at Waldron Family Stadium after struggling at home since the facility opened in 2006. All-time, the Mount is 7-22-1 at Waldron Family Stadium.
Mahon Scores First in Mount Uniform...Graduate student Kaylyn Mahon scored her first goal in a Mount uniform in the 1-0 win over VMI on Friday night. A native of Spring Grove, Pa., Mahon enrolled in graduate school at the Mount after graduating from Longwood this past year. Mahon had nine goals and four assists in 51 career with the Lancers and has one year of eligibility after receiving a medical hardship waiver in 2007.
Schedule Change: The starting time for the Mount's home game against Robert Morris on Friday, October 1, has been moved to 5:00 p.m. The game had originally been slated to start at 4:00 p.m.
Non-conference Action: The Mount is 6-24-2 in non-conference games under head coach Tom Gosselin. The Mount, however, is 3-5-2 over its past 10 non-conference games, including 1-2-1 this year.
Preseason Poll: The Mount was picked to finish ninth in the annual Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. Defending champion Monmouth was tabbed as the league favorite, followed by Central Connecticut State, Long Island, Quinnipiac, Saint Francis (Pa.), Sacred Heart, Robert Morris, Bryant, the Mount, Fairleigh Dickinson and Wagner.
Miller Moves Up to Fourth on All-Time Saves List: Junior goalkeeper Alicia Miller has made a name for herself in the Mount's record books. Miller has nine saves this year, moving her into fourth on the school's all-time list. This season, Miller has a 0.62 goals against average and a .818 save percentage while starting all three games. Miller is sixth all-time with a .749 save percentage and seventh with a 2.29 GAA. She also holds the single-season record for saves with 128 in 2008.
1. Anna Lebo, 350 (2004-07)
2. Tonia Bruno, 283 (1993-96)
3. Naomi Campano, 267 (2000-03)
4. Alicia Miller, 257 (2008-pres.)
4. Margaret Pyzik, 251 (2001-04)
5. Nicki Trumpler, 250 (1995-98)
Road Happy: The Mount went 4-3-2 on the road last year, the first time in school history the team has posted a winning season in away games. Under head coach Tom Gosselin, the Mount has won eight road games in three years. Over the previous 15 years since the program began in 1992, the Mount won a combined 19 games on the road.
Collegiate Firsts: Freshmen Ragan Cote and Kate Murphy had assists on Kelly Baker's goal in the Mounts' 1-1 tie with George Mason. The assists are the first collegiate points for each player.
Up Next: The Mount heads to Longwood for a 7:00 p.m. match on Friday, September 7.