MOUNT ST. MARY'S (3-2) at RADFORD (1-2)
Saturday, March 9 | 12:00 p.m.
Radford, Virginia | Cupp Stadium
The Mountaineers went 1-1 this past weekend, cruising to a 16-5 victory over La Salle on Friday, before falling to California on Sunday, 12-9. Jordan Butler led the Mount to the win against La Salle with a career-high eight points on six goals and a pair of assists, while Emily Davis added a hat trick and a game-high eight draw controls. On Sunday against Cal, the Golden Bears outscored Mount St. Mary's by a 7-2 margin in the second half to come from behind and post a 12-9 victory. Zoe Hurlburt paced the Mount with three goals in the contest, and Kate Kinsella and Carly Miller each added a pair.
Goals: Butler (12), Kinsella (10), Hurlburt (9)
Assists: Pagnotta (3), Five players tied (2)
Points: Butler (14), Kinsella (12), Hurlburt (10)
Ground balls: Groover (8), Petito (8), Davis (7)
Draw controls: Davis (20), Groover (19), Colson (9)
Caused turnovers: Davis (5), Colson (4), Dees (3), Filippone (3)
Save pct: Petito (.493)
Through the opening five games, the Mountaineers have six players with five or more goals. Jordan Butler (12g), Kate Kinsella (10) and Zoe Hurlburt (9) place top-three on the team in goals, while Carly Miller (7), Beanie Colson (5) and Jordan Groover (5) round it out. Butler and Kinsella currently rank second and third, respectively, in the Northeast Conference in goals per game.
PROTECTING THE CAGE
Senior goalie Jillian Petito, who led all goalies in the nation last season in save percentage, has carried her strong play into the 2019 campaign. Petito leads all NEC goalies and ranks eighth in the country in goals against average (7.78), and also places second in the NEC in save percentage (.493).
The Highlanders topped NEC member Saint Francis U, 18-13, in the season opener before falling at George Washington, 14-9, and at #25 Virginia Tech, 23-8, the last two times out. Lindsey Carroll leads the squad with 11 points on eight goals and three assists. Hannah Rosen has started all three games in goal and has registered a .313 save percentage and 16.05 goals against average.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Mount and Radford have met just one previous time, which resulted in a big 23-13 win for the Mountaineers at home during the 2017 campaign. Carly Miller, who was just a freshman at the time, registered a career-high 11 points in the contest on five goals and six assists. Taylor Carhart and Kate Kinsella helped pace the offense with two goals apiece.
The Mount hosts George Washington on Wednesday, March 13 at 4 p.m.