Emmitsburg, Md. (April 27, 2019) – The Mount St. Mary's men's lacrosse team edged Saint Joseph's 7-6 in the regular season finale on Saturday as the Mountaineers celebrated Senior Day at Waldron Family Stadium. With the Mount's victory and a loss by Hobart, the Mount clinched the Northeast Conference (NEC) Regular Season Championship and the No. 1 seed in the NEC Tournament.
Mount St. Mary's will host both rounds of the conference playoffs at Waldron Family Stadium. The top-seeded Mountaineers will take on No. 4 seed Robert Morris in an NEC Semifinal matchup on May 2.
The NEC Regular Season Title is the second for the Mountaineers in program history. They also accomplished the feat during the league's first official season back in 2011.
The Mount closes out the regular season at 9-6 overall and 5-1 in conference play. The 9-6 mark matches the team's best record since the 2011 campaign, while the five wins in NEC action are the most-ever for the Mountaineers.
Prior to the contest, Mount St. Mary's honored Wyatt Agaisse, Chris DiPretoro, Rich Holle, Jack Mangan, Stephano Mastro, Shawn Milione, Zach Roberts and Griffin Vanderbeek with a ceremony as part of Senior Day, recognizing the contributions the eight seniors have made to both the program and the University throughout their careers at the Mount.
Goalie Dylan Furnback was outstanding all day long for the Mountaineers in the victory, racking up a career-high 20 saves to record his 10th double-digit save effort of the season. The sophomore net minder stopped eight shots in the fourth quarter, including multiple key saves in the waning minutes.
Brenden McCarthy dished out four assists, and Luke Frankeny tallied a pair of goals to lead the Mount on the offensive end. Joe Bethke, Brendan Doyle, Jared McMahon, Chris DiPretoro and Matt Haggerty all added one goal apiece.
Bryan McIntosh registered a career-best five caused turnovers to go along with five ground balls on defense for the Mountaineers, and Joshua Davies added a pair of caused turnovers. Sam Stephan went 8-of-17 on face-offs.
The Mount opened a 3-1 advantage after one quarter of play behind tallies from Frankeny, Doyle and Haggerty. SJU responded with a strong second period, holding the Mountaineers scoreless in the frame while jumping in front by a 4-3 margin. Shane Fable, Austin Strazzulla and Teo Domic each found the back of the net for the Hawks in the quarter.
Mount St. Mary's rattled off three straight to begin the third quarter, as Jared McMahon, DiPretoro and Bethke all scored off assists from Brenden McCarthy, which pushed the Mount out in front by a two-goal margin, 6-4. SJU's Jack Anderson tallied the final goal of the quarter to bring the Hawks back within one heading into the fourth.
Under a minute into the final period, Frankeny beat goalie Mike Adler for his second goal of the contest to extend the Mount's lead to 7-5. SJU answered at the 9:08 mark on Fable's second goal to cut it back to a 7-6 game.
Down the stretch, Furnback made several key saves to preserve the Mountaineer advantage. With just 25 seconds left in the game, Fable made a bid for his third goal, but Furnback came up big once against and turned away the shot to give the Mount possession. After a timeout, the Mountaineers were able to run out the remaining seconds to come away with the 7-6 win.
SJU outshot the Mount 42-34 in the contest and held a slight 9-8 advantage on face-offs. The Mount won the ground ball battle by a 30-27 margin.
The Mount heads into the NEC Tournament as the top seed and will take on Robert Morris on May 2 at Waldron Family Stadium. No. 2 seed Hobart will face No. 3 Sacred Heart following the Mount's contest. Games times are yet to be determined.