MOUNT ST. MARY'S (4-8, 0-2 NEC) at ROBERT MORRIS (5-5, 1-1 NEC)
Sunday, April 14, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
Joe Walton Stadium, Moon Township, Pa.
MOUNT UPDATE: Mount St. Mary's lost at Quinnipiac, 12-8, last Saturday to fall to 4-8 overall and 0-2 in the Northeast Conference. The Bobcats took a 7-2 lead just 10 minutes into the game, and were able to maintain that lead the rest of the way. Brett Schmidt had three goals and an assist to pace the Mount in the loss while Clayton Wainer chipped in a pair of goals. Adam Borgogelli made nine saves while allowing five goals in 49:26 of action in relief of starter Frankie McCarthy. Schmidt now leads the Mount with 29 goals and his 47 points are second on the team behind Andrew Scalley (26g, 30a, 56 pts).
ABOUT THE COLONIALS: Robert Morris lost to Bryant, 15-11, on the road on Saturday, and enters the game 5-5 overall and 1-1 in the Northeast Conference. Tyler Digby recorded a hat trick while Jake Hayes chipped in a pair of goals and an assist in the loss. Hayes leads Robert Morris in scoring with 31 points (21g, 10a) while Eric Rankel (17g, 9a, 26 pts), Dave Morton (18g, 4a, 22 pts), Taylor Graves (9g, 13a, 22 pts) and Digby (15g, 5a, 20 pts) all have 20 or more points on the year. In goal, Charles Ruppert has started all 10 games, recording a 10.39 goals against average and a .530 save percentage.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: The Mount holds a 4-1 lead in the all-time series with Robert Morris that began in 2005. Last year, the Mount posted a 16-15 win over top-seeded Robert Morris in the Northeast Conference semifinals after falling to the Colonials, 17-14, during the regular season. The Mount is 2-1 all-time on the road against Robert Morris, averaging 16.3 goals per game.
LAST YEAR AGAINST RMU: Mount St. Mary's defeated Robert Morris, 16-15, in overtime in the Northeast Conference Tournament semifinals after falling to the Colonials, 17-14, during the regular season. Andrew Scalley scored with 2:10 left in overtime to lift the Mount to the overtime win over the top-seeded Colonials on May 4. Scalley finished with four goals and an assist while Daniel Stranix chipped in two goals and two assist in the victory. Christian Kellett added a hat trick with Anthony Golden, Brett Schmidt and Clayton Wainer also scoring two goals each. Kiel Matisz had four goasl and two assists with Casey Abbott adding four goals and an assist in the loss. The Mount rallied from a five-goal second-quarter deficit to earn the win. In the regular season meeting, the Mount scored five times in the final 7:20 of the game, but it was not enough in a 17-14 loss to the Colonials. Scalley had eight goals and two assists while Brett Schmidt had four goals and four assists vs. Robert Morris in the two games last season.
BRETT SCHMIDT PICKS UP PACE: Brett Schmidt has taken over the team lead with 29 goals this season. Schmidt has recorded three points or more in each of the past 11 games. He has 12 goals and six assists over the past four games, including a four-point effort (3g, 1a) in his last game at Quinnipiac. For the year, the Rochester Rattler draft pick has 47 points on 29 goals and 18 assists.
SCHMIDT HAS NATION'S LONGEST GOAL-SCORING STREAK: Senior attack Brett Schmidt has scored at least one goal in each of his past 40 games, the longest streak in the country. Schmidt has scored 91 goals during his 40-game goal streak, which began on March 9, 2011. He has scored two or more goals in 29 of the 40 games. Schmidt's 40-game point scoring streak is the fourth-longest streak in the country.
ATTACK LEADS OFFENSE: The Mount's three starting players on attack (Andrew Scalley, Brett Schmidt and Cody Lehrer) have combined to score 77 of the team's 120 goals (64.2 percent) this season. All three have already reached the 20-goal plateau this year with Schmidt leading with 29, followed by Scalley (26) and Lehrer (22).
100-POINT SCORERS: The Mount has four players with 100 career points in Andrew Scalley (210, 3rd all-time at MSM), Brett Schmidt (183, 9th all-time as MSM), Cody Lehrer (152, 14th all-time at MSM) and Bryant Schmidt (116, 20th) all-time at MSM. It is the first time in school history that the Mount has had four players with 100 or more career points on the roster at the same time.
CHASING WARNER: Andrew Scalley and Cody Lehrer are chasing Matt Warner for the Mount's all-time goal record. Warner scored a school-record 138 goals for the Mount from 2003-06, just one ahead of second-place Steve Ricker (137, 1997-00). Scalley has moved into fifth on the all-time list with 125 career goals. Cody Lehrer has moved into sixth with 118 goals while Brett Schmidt is 9th with 109 career markers.
MOUNT ALL-TIME GOAL LIST
138, Matt Warner (2003-06)
137, Steve Ricker (1997-00)
134, Matt Mundorf (1986-89)
128, Greg Tolker (1985-88)
125, Andrew Scalley (2010-pres.)
118, Cody Lehrer (2009-pres.)
114, Josh Warfield (2000-03)
112, Roland Miller (1995-98)
109, Brett Schmidt (2010-pres.)
SCALLEY PILING UP THE POINTS: Senior Andrew Scalley leads the Mount with 56 points on 26 goals and 30 assists this season. Scalley is fifth in the nation in points per game (4.67) while he is sixth in assists per game (2.50). The senior attack has posted four games this year with eight or more points, and has scored six goals in a game twice (Manhattan and Georgetown).
200 POINTS: Andrew Scalley became the third player in school history to reach 200 career points with his nine-point game in the Mount's 14-6 win over Georgetown. The senior attack has 210 career points on 125 goals and 85 assists. Greg Tolker (1985-88) set the school record with 235 career points with Matt Mundorf (1986-89) ranking second with 212.
DISHING IT OUT: Andrew Scalley leads the Mountaineers with 30 assists, giving him 85 for his Mount career, tied for seventh on the school's all-time list. Teammate Brett Schmidt has 74 career helpers, good for 10th all-time in school history.
TURNOVERS: The Mount is third in the nation in fewest turnovers per game, committing just 13.08 per game on the year. Hofstra leads the country with 11.73 per game, followed by Virginia at 12.27 per game. The Mountaineers have committed 12 or less turnovers in seven of the team's 12 games, but are averaging 16.3 turnovers over the past three contests.
THE NORTHEAST CONFERENCE: The Northeast Conference will be in its third season sponsoring men's lacrosse in 2013. The six schools include the Mount, Bryant, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart and Wagner. This year, the winner of the NEC Tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
THE MOUNT vs. RANKED OPPONENTS: Mount St. Mary's is 5-49 all-time against ranked opponents since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89. All five of the wins against ranked opponents have come since 2010, including a 12-11 victory over No. 18 Bucknell on Feb. 17. Last year, the Mount had a pair of wins over ranked teams (#16 Delaware and #20 Robert Morris).
SCALLEY NAMED NEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR FOURTH TIME: Senior attack Andrew Scalley earned NEC Player of the Week honors for the fourth time this year after tallying 13 points in a pair of games. The senior attack led the Mount to its first win over Georgetown since 1991 with six goals and three assists. He followed with a goal and three helpers in the Mount's 14-11 loss at Drexel. Scalley has been named NEC Player of the Week four times this year, and seven times in his career.
HAT TRICKS: Twins Brett and Bryant Schmidt have recorded hat tricks in the same game four times in their careers. The list of games includes Wagner (April 28, 2012), Michigan (March 24, 2012), VMI (March 10, 2012) and Quinnipiac (May 8, 2011).
HAT TRICKS (PART 2): Eight different players on the Mount roster have recorded a hat trick in their career. Andrew Scalley leads with 20, Cody Lehrer has 19, and Brett Schmidt 16. The rest of the list includes Bryant Schmidt (8), Jake Willertz (3), Eric Ososki (2), Anthony Golden (2) and Daniel Stranix (1).
HEAD COACH TOM GRAVANTE: Head coach Tom Gravante is in his 18th season on the Mount sidelines. Gravante was been named Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011, and guided the Mount to the NCAA Tournament in 2003 and 2010. A four-time MAAC Coach of the Year, and he was named the MAAC Coach of the Year on four occasions. Gravante broke former Mount coach Randy Kilgore's school record for career wins with his 121st career victory in the Mount's 16-7 win at Wagner last season. He has an all-time record of 126-153.
UP NEXT: The Mount hosts Bryant in a rematch of last year's Northeast Conference Championship game on Saturday, April 20, at 1:00 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium.