MOUNT ST. MARY'S (5-2) vs. LONGWOOD (2-6)
Wednesday, March 20 | 4:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Maryland | Waldron Family Stadium
Mount St. Mary's had eight players register multi-point games as the Mountaineers rolled to a 17-9 victory over George Washington last Wednesday at Waldron Family Stadium. Carly Miller finished with five points on one goal and a season-high four assists, and Jordan Butler notched four points on three goals and one helper to lead the way. Miller, who led the Mountaineers in points and assists last season, registered her highest point total of the year thus far with her five-point effort. Butler continued her breakout season with her fourth multi-goal game of the campaign. Beanie Colson (3g) and Zoe Hurlburt (2g, 1a) posted three points apiece, while Colson also added a game-high seven draw controls. Jordan Groover, Taylor Carhart and Emily Davis each finished with a pair of goals, and Kate Kinsella (1g, 1a) also added two points to round out the team's multi-point performances. Senior goalie Jillian Petito made a season-high 14 saves in the contest to collect her fifth win of the year.
Goals: Hurlburt (15), Butler (15), Kinsella (11)
Assists: Miller (7), Butler (4), Groover (4)
Points: Butler (19), Hurlburt (17), Miller (16)
Ground balls: Petito (14), Colson (12), Davis (12), Groover (12)
Draw controls: Davis (24), Groover (22), Colson (17)
Caused turnovers: Davis (9), Colson (7), Filippone (5)
Save pct: Petito (.533)
The Mount's 5-2 record to open the season is tied for the best start through seven games in program history. The Mountaineers also began the 1998 and 2002 seasons at 5-2. During the 1998 campaign, the Mount went on to win its next three contests to move to 8-2 to open the year. The Mount finished that season at 12-4 under first-year Head Coach Janet Flora Anderson, tying for the best winning percentage in a season in program history.
SENIOR STEPPING UP
Senior midfielder Emily Davis has been key to the Mount's early success this season, as she leads the squad in draw controls (24), caused turnovers (9), and game-winning goals (3). Davis has tallied the game-winner in each of the team's last three victories over La Salle, Radford and George Washington.
The Lancers sit at 2-6 on the year with their pair of victories coming against George Washington, 14-12, and Wofford, 15-7. In their only other matchup against an NEC opponent this season, Longwood was egded by Saint Francis U, 10-9, last Wednesday. Kaitlin Luccarelli is atop the team leaderboard in all three scoring categories with 35 points on 23 goals and 12 assists. Goalie Danielle Burke owns a .403 save percentage and 14.28 goals against average in six starts.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Longwood has won three straight contests over the Mount, and owns a 6-3 advantage in the all-time series. In last season's meeting, Mount St. Mary's nearly erased a four-goal deficit in the second half, but the comeback attempt fell just short as the Lancers held on for an 11-10 victory. Alayna Pagnotta led the Mount with four points (1g, 3a), while Beanie Colson, Taylor Carhart and Emily Davis netted two goals apiece. Longwood's Riley Dolan topped all scorers with five points (3g, 2a), and Kaitlin Luccarelli, Madison Stair and Dana Joss each added two goals.
The Mountaineers head to Campbell for a matchup this Saturday, March 23 at noon.