MOUNT ST. MARY'S (8-5, 4-0 NEC) at HOBART (9-3, 3-1 NEC)
Saturday, April 20 | 12:00 p.m.
Geneva, N.Y. | Boswell Field
Mount St. Mary's downed Wagner 12-8 on Saturday at Hameline Field to collect its fifth straight victory and eighth in its last nine contests. The Mountaineers improved to 8-5 overall and a perfect 4-0 in the NEC with the win, as they remain the lone undefeated team in conference play. The 4-0 start to league play for the Mount marks just the second time the team has opened with four straight wins.
Brendan Doyle paced the Mount's attack in the victory, registering a game-high five points on one goal and four assists. Brenden McCarthy (2g), Chris DiPretoro (2g), Joe Bethke (2g) and Luke Frankeny (2g) all netted two goals in the win. Dylan Furnback made 14 saves to collect his eighth victory of the season. The 14-save effort was Furnback's eighth double-digit save performance on the year.
Goals: DiPretoro (32), Frankeny (22), Bethke (19)
Assists: Doyle (10), Mangan (10), Bethke (8), McCarthy (8)
Points: DiPretoro (38), Bethke (27), Frankeny (27)
Ground balls: Stephan (82), Mangan (52), McIntosh (39)
Caused turnovers: McIntosh (23), Mangan (19), Davies (10)
Face-offs: Stephan (127-242), Mangan (20-31), Raum (19-45)
Save pct.: Furnback (.518)
CHANCE TO CLINCH
With a victory over Hobart on Saturday, Mount St. Mary's would clinch the Northeast Conference Regular Season Championship for the second time in program history. Back in 2011 during the league's first official season, the Mountaineers went 4-1 in league play en route to claiming the Regular Season Title. They went on to defeat Bryant and Quinnipiac in the playoffs that year to win the only NEC Tournament Championship in program history.
Mount St. Mary's has made three appearances in the NEC Playoffs in eight previous seasons in the conference. In addition to their trip to the playoffs as the top seed back in 2011, the Mountaineers also earned berths in both 2012 and 2015 as the No. 4 seed.
INSIDE LACROSSE POLL
Mount St. Mary's, winners of five straight contests and eight of its last nine, received votes in the Inside Lacrosse Division I Media Poll on Monday for the second consecutive week.
The Mount has opened Northeast Conference (NEC) play with wins over Bryant, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart and Wagner, and currently sits atop the league standings with a perfect 4-0 mark, one game ahead of Hobart.
The Mountaineers have faced four nationally-ranked teams on the year, and picked up their sixth all-time win against a ranked opponent in the 12-11 overtime triumph at #14 Richmond back in early March.
PERFECT IN LEAGUE PLAY
Since the NEC's first official season in 2011, this year marks just the second time the Mountaineers have opened league play with a 4-0 record. The only other time came during the 2011 campaign, when they opened the NEC slate with four straight wins and went on to the claim the NEC Tournament Championship.
RISING IN THE RANKS
Senior attackman Chris DiPretoro, who became the 13th player in Mount program history to reach 100 career goals earlier in the season, currently leads the squad with 32 goals and 38 points on the year. DiPretoro has pushed his career goal total to 120, which is seventh-most in program history. The Owings, Maryland native has tallied multiple goals in nine of the last 10 contests to move up to seventh in the NEC in goals per game (2.38).
Junior midfielder Jack Mangan has 70 caused turnovers in his career, which is the most-ever by a Mountaineer since it became an official stat. Mangan is also seventh in program history with 198 ground balls. The Bayville, New York native currently ranks second on the team in both caused turnovers (19) and ground balls (52) this season.
STEPPING UP ON DEFENSE
Mount St. Mary's is yielding 10.46 goals per game, good for second-best in the NEC this season. Goalie Dylan Furnback has been a big part of the team's success as he's posted double-digit saves in eight of 13 games on the year, and has claimed a pair of NEC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
The Statesmen sit one game behind the Mount in the conference standings with a 3-1 mark, and hold a 9-3 record overall. They have topped both Sacred Heart (10-9) and Bryant (12-11), while their lone league loss came at Saint Joseph's (12-11 OT). Eric Holden (34g, 14a) and Chris Aslanian (16g, 30a) have led the offense, and rank second and third in the NEC points per game. Sam Lucchesi has posted a .521 save percentage and 10.34 goals against average in 12 games between the pipes.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Since Hobart joined the NEC in 2014, the Statesmen own a 3-2 advantage in the series against the Mount. In the matchup between the two last season, Mount St. Mary's held off a late fourth-quarter surge by Hobart to collect a 15-14 victory. Brenden McCarthy tallied seven points on one goal and six assists to top all point scorers in the contest, and Chris DiPretoro netted four goals to help lead the attack.
The Mountaineers close out the regular season on April 27 at home against Saint Joseph's at 1 p.m. The Mount will honor its seniors with a ceremony prior to the game.