MOUNT ST. MARY'S (6-2) at CAMPBELL (3-5)
Saturday, March 23 | 12:00 p.m.
Buies Creek, North Carolina
Mount St. Mary's cruised to a 17-6 victory over Longwood on Wednesday behind a combined 19 points from Jordan Butler, Carly Miller and Alayna Pagnotta. The victory pushed the Mount to 6-2 on the year, which ties the team's best start through eight games in program history. Butler tied her career high with eight points on four goals and four assists as she led all scorers in the contest. Miller notched six points on a goal and a season-high five assists, and now has nine assists in her last two games. Pagnotta finished with a season-high five points on four goals and one helper. Beanie Colson tallied a hat trick, and Emily Davis added one goal, one assist and a game-high seven draw controls to round out the multi-point performances. In goal, Jillian Petito stopped four shots to pick up her sixth win of the season.
Goals: Butler (19), Hurlburt (16), Colson (13)
Assists: Miller (12), Butler (8), Groover (4), Pagnotta (4)
Points: Butler (27), Miller (22), Hurlburt (18)
Ground balls: Petito (19), Davis (14), Colson (13), Groover (13)
Draw controls: Davis (31), Groover (26), Colson (19)
Caused turnovers: Davis (10), Colson (8), Filippone (6)
Save pct: Petito (.522)
Jordan Butler and Carly Miller both rank top-10 in the NEC in points per game this season. Butler moved up to fourth in the league with 3.38 points a contest after her eight-point performance last time out in the win over Longwood. The effort was Butler's second game with eight points this season, as she also accomplished the feat against La Salle on March 1. After playing in just three games as a freshman in 2018, Butler has broke out during her sophomore campaign and helped spark the Mount's attack with a team-high 19 goals and 27 points.
Miller, who ranks ninth in the NEC with 2.75 points per game, has helped faciliatate the team's offense throughout the season. The junior has registered a team-high 12 assists and places second on the squad with 22 points. Miller dished out a season-high five helpers in the Mount's victory over Longwood on Wednesday, as she now has nine assists in the last two contests.
PROTECTING THE CAGE
Goalie Jillian Petito, who led the nation in save percentage last season, has carried her strong play into her senior campaign. The Ocean City, Maryland native currently ranks third in Division I in goals against average (7.33) and sixth in save percentage (.522). Petito has held opponents to single-digit goals in six of eight games this season, including each of the last three contests.
The Camels sit at 3-5 on the year with victories over Wofford (21-6), Mercer (13-10) and East Carolina (11-10 3OT). Annie Pazulski leads the squad in points (23) and assists (14), and Melissa Placek tops the team with 15 goals. Lexie Patton has made seven starts in goal for Campbell, posting a .434 save percentage and 12.19 goals against average.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Mount and Campbell are set to meet for the first time in series history on Saturday.
The Mountaineers return home to face UC Davis on Saturday, March 30 at 3 p.m.