MOUNT ST. MARY'S vs. PRESBYTERIAN
Saturday, February 9 | 3:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Md. | Waldron Family Stadium
ABOUT THE MOUNT
The Mountaineers are coming off an impressive 10-7 overall record and 5-2 mark in Northeast Conference (NEC) play in 2018. The 10 victories were the most for the team since the 2007 campaign. The Mount won its final four games of the regular season to earn the No. 4 seed in the NEC Playoffs and a trip to the Semifinals. The Mount nearly erased a late four-goal deficit in the Semifinal matchup at Bryant, but the Bulldogs were ultimately able to escape with a 9-8 win.
The Mount took home two of the major end-of-the-year awards from the Northeast Conference in 2018, as goalie Jillian Petito was unanimously named the NEC Defensive Player of the Year, and Head Coach Lauren Skellchock (née Schwarzmann) earned Coach of the Year honors. In addition, sophomore Carly Miller and freshman Beanie Colson were named to the All-NEC Second Team, and freshman Alayna Pagnotta joined Colson on the All-Rookie Team.
Petito returns for her senior year in goal for the Mount, coming off one of the most memorable seasons in program history in 2018. The Ocean City, Maryland native became the fourth Mountaineer to earn NEC Defensive Player of the Year honors, while also being tabbed an All-NEC First Team selection, All-ECAC Second Team, and an NEC All-Tournament Team member. Petito led the nation in save percentage (.563), ranked third in goals against average (8.53), and was seventh in saves per game (11.12). She led the NEC in five different categories, and posted 11 double-digit save performances on the year.
The Mountaineers also bring back their top-three point scorers from last year's team, which averaged 11.29 goals per contest. Carly Miller and Taylor Carhart will look to help pace the Mount's attack once again this season. Miller led the Mountaineers in assists (18) and points (46) while ranking second in goals (28) last year, and Carhart led the team in goals (32) and was second in points (37). Beanie Colson, who tied the Mount program record for most draw controls in a season (70) in 2018, also finished second on the squad in assists (13) and third in points (35). The Mount's defensive unit, which led the NEC with an 8.54 goals against average last year, returns key pieces in Kaitlyn Ridenour, Maggie Allison, and Devon Filippone, who combined for 41 starts in 2018, in addition to Emily Dees who is back from injury.
The Mount was picked to finish third by the league's head coaches in the Northeast Conference Preseason Poll released last Wednesday. Bryant and Wagner, which faced off in the NEC Championship Game last season, each received four first-place votes to take the top-two spots in the poll. For more on the preseason predictions, click here.
The Blue Hose posted a 2-15 record last season with their pair of victories coming against Wofford and Delaware State. Presbyterian averaged 6.53 goals per contest while surrendering a whopping 18.12 to opponents. Kelly Hyman was the team's leader with 28 points (23g, 5a), while Lauren Schaaf (11g, 14a) and Sarah Marshall (18g, 2a) also surpassed the 20-point mark on the year.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Last season's matchup between the Mount and Presbyterian marked the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The Mountaineers had six players register multi-goal games as they cruised to a 16-0 shutout win for the team's largest margin of victory since 2013. Jillian Petito made eight saves in the contest to lead the Mount to its third shutout in program history. Emily Davis (3g, 1a), Carly Miller (2g, 2a), and Marley Heller (2g, 2a) tallied a game-high four points apiece to lead the way, while Taylor Carhart (3g), Jordan Butler (2g), and Nicole Voci (2g) also added multi-goal efforts.
The Mountaineers head to UMBC for their first road test of the season on February 20 at 5 p.m.