MOUNT ST. MARY'S (1-0) at UMBC (2-0)
Thursday, February 21 | 4:00 p.m.
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.
In the 2019 season opener two weekends ago, the Mount cruised to a 20-2 win over Presbyterian as seven different Mountaineers registered multi-goal performances. The 20-2 win was the Mount's largest margin of victory since an 18-0 shutout against Delaware State in 2013. Kate Kinsella paced all Mount players with five points on four goals and one assist in the contest, while Carly Miller and Alayna Pagnotta each notched four points on two goals and a pair of assists. Jordan Groover scored three goals in her collegiate debut, and Zoe Hurlburt joined her with three points on two goals and one assist. Beanie Colson and Jordan Butler were the other Mountaineers with multi-goal games, netting two goals apiece. Jillian Petito, who led the nation in save percentage last season, collected the victory in goal for the Mountaineers, posting a scoreless first half while stopping the only shot she faced.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Jordan Groover was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday. Groover put up a big performance in her collegiate debut, helping lead the Mountaineers to a 20-2 win over Presbyterian in the season opener. Groover tallied a hat trick and also added a game-high seven draw controls to go along with three ground balls in the victory.
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.
Mount Assistant Coach Sam Nolan will return to her alma mater on Thursday. Nolan rounded out her UMBC career in 2017, finishing as the Retriever's all-time leader in assists while ranking third in career points. Nolan was a two-year team captain at UMBC and was named First Team All-America East in each of her final two years.
The Retrievers are off to a 2-0 start following a 9-8 overtime win at American and an 11-8 victory at VCU in their opening two games. Against American, Brittany Levine sent things into overtime with the game-tying goal just before time expired. Grayson Corbett won it for UMBC with her first goal as a Retriever with 1:56 remaining in the second overtime period. This past Saturday at VCU, the Retrievers were led by three points apiece from Lauren McDonald (3g) and Lily Kennedy (1g, 2a) in the 11-8 win.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Mount is just 1-16 all-time against UMBC, with the lone victory coming back in 2004. Last season's matchup between the two teams came down to the final minute of play. Mount St. Mary's erased a five-goal deficit in the second half, but Sara Moeller's tally with just 35 seconds remaining lifted UMBC to a 9-8 victory. Carly Miller paced the Mount with two goals and one assist. Alayna Pagnotta netted a pair, and Marley Heller, Kate Kinsella, Taylor Carhart and Jannel Daufenbach added one goal apiece. Jillian Petito posted a 13-save performance in goal for the Mount.
The Mount closes out its two-game road swing this Saturday, February 23 at Army at 1 p.m.