MOUNT ST. MARY'S (7-2) vs. UC DAVIS (7-6)
Saturday, March 30 | 3:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Maryland | Waldron Family Stadium
A strong second half that saw Mount St. Mary's outscore Campbell by a 13-2 margin propelled the Mount to an 18-7 victory this past Saturday. The win was the fourth straight for the Mountaineers, as they're tied for the best start to a season in program history with a 7-2 record. The Mount used a balanced attack once again in the win, with seven different players tallying multi-point efforts. Beanie Colson (4g, 1a) and Carly Miller (2g, 3a) led the way with a game-high five points apiece, while Colson also added six draw controls. Jordan Butler (3g, 1a) registered four points, and Zoe Hurlburt (3g), Alayna Pagnotta (3g) and Emily Davis (2g, 1a) each notched three points. Kate Kinsella (1g, 1a) was the other Mountaineer to finish with a multi-point game. Jillian Petito collected her seventh win of the season in goal for Mount St. Mary's as she registered 12 saves to go along with five ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Goals: Butler (22), Hurlburt (19), Colson (17)
Assists: Miller (15), Butler (9), Four players tied (4)
Points: Butler (31), Miller (27), Hurlburt (21)
Ground balls: Petito (24), Davis (17), Colson (14), Groover (14)
Draw controls: Davis (33), Groover (31), Colson (25)
Caused turnovers: Davis (11), Colson (9), Filippone (7), Petito (7)
Save pct: Petito (.537)
Jordan Butler was named the NEC Co-Player of the Week, and Jillian Petito was tabbed the NEC Defensive Player of the Week, as the Mountaineers took home a pair of awards following their dominating week that saw them post big victories over Longwood and Campbell to stretch their win streak to four straight.
Butler powered the Mount's offense in the pair of victories, tallying a combined 12 points on seven goals and five assists over the week. She tied her career high with eight points on Wednesday against Longwood, registering four goals and four helpers in the contest for her second eight-point effort of the year. The sophomore followed it up with three goals and one assist in Saturday's win at Campbell to cap off her week.
Petito continued her strong year between the pipes for the Mount as she helped guide the team to two more victories over Longwood and Campbell. The senior net minder yielded just six goals in the team's big 17-6 win on Wednesday, and followed it up with a 12-save performance and a .632 save percentage in Saturday's 18-7 triumph at Campbell.
After scoring 17 or more goals in each of the last three contests, the Mount St. Mary's offense is now averaging 13.89 goals per game, which leads all teams in the Northeast Conference. The Mount's balanced attack has eight players currently with double-digit points on the year. Jordan Butler leads the way with 31 points (22g, 9a), while Carly Miller (12g, 15a) and Zoe Hurlburt (19g, 2a) have also passed the 20-point mark through the opening nine games.
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 second in the country in save percentage (.537) and third in goals against average (7.29). Petito has held opponents to single-digit goals in seven of nine games this season, including each of the last four games.
The Mount's 7-2 record to open the season is tied for the best start through nine games in program history, matching the team's 1998 season. During the 1998 campaign, the Mount opened the year at 8-2 and finished at 12-4 overall under first-year Head Coach Janet Flora Anderson, which tied for the best winning percentage in a season in program history.
SCOUTING UC DAVIS
The Aggies close out their East coast swing at the Mount on Saturday after taking on Georgetown and UMBC in their previous two contests. They dropped a 20-11 decision to the Hoyas on Sunday, but bounced back with a 10-7 win over UMBC on Wednesday to improve to 7-6 on the season. UC Davis is led by Amanda Outcalt (24g, 29a) and Taylor Cuenin (33g, 2a) on the offensive end. Taylor Mathieson has started the last three games in goal for the Aggies, and owns a .500 save percentage and 10.88 goals against average overall on the season.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Mount and UC Davis will face off for the fourth time in series history on Saturday. The Aggies have taken two out of the three matchups, including an 8-5 win in the most recent meeting in 2017. In that contest, Melissa Kellan led UC Davis with three goals, while Taylor Carhart paced the Mountaineers with a pair of scores.
Mount St. Mary's begins NEC play with a tilt at Saint Francis U on Friday, April 5 at 1 p.m.