Women’s Lacrosse Opens NEC Play Friday at Saint Francis U

Women’s Lacrosse Opens NEC Play Friday at Saint Francis U

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (8-2, 0-0 NEC) at SAINT FRANCIS U (3-5, 0-0 NEC)
Friday, April 5 | 1:00 p.m.
Loretto, Pennsylvania | DeGol Field


Mount St. Mary's scored five goals in the final 8:18 of action to come from behind and top UC Davis 11-10 on Saturday in the team's final non-conference game of the season. The Mount trailed by a 10-6 margin late in the contest after UC Davis rattled off four consecutive goals, but Jordan Butler started the comeback for the Mountaineers with her score off a feed from Jordan Groover at the 8:18 mark. Kate Kinsella followed with an unassisted tally with 6:00 remaining to make it a two-score game, and Butler struck again with her fourth goal of the contest at the 5:14 mark to cut the Mount's deficit to 10-9. Under a minute later, Groover worked her way towards the cage and beat goalie Taylor Mathieson for the game-tying goal with 4:27 remaining. After a short stretch of scoreless play, Groover found the back of the net once again with just 26 seconds left to put the Mountaineers on top, 11-10. On the ensuing draw, Emily Davis picked up the loose ball and sent a pass ahead to Butler, who was able to evade the defense to run out the clock, as the Mount came away with the 11-10 victory.

Butler scored four goals in the contest to lead the way for the Mountaineers as she recorded her fourth straight game with four or more goals. Groover registered two goals, one assist and four draw controls, and Kinsella added a pair of goals. Emily Davis notched one goal to go along with a team-high five draw controls. Jillian Petito made 11 saves to collect her eighth win of the season. Petito now has five double-digit save performances on the year.

Goals: Butler (26), Hurlburt (19), Colson (18)
Assists: Miller (15), Butler (9), Groover (5)
Points: Butler (35), Miller (28), Hurlburt (21)
Ground balls: Petito (27), Davis (18), Colson (15)
Draw controls: Davis (38), Groover (35), Colson (27)
Caused turnovers: Davis (13), Colson (9), Petito (8), Ridenour (8)
Save pct: Petito (.535)

Jordan Butler, Jillian Petito and Jordan Groover were all recognized by the Northeast Conference (NEC) with weekly honors following Mount St. Mary's thrilling comeback win over UC Davis on Saturday. Butler, who was named the NEC Player of the Week, and Petito, the Co-Defensive Player of the Week, each earned the honors for the second consecutive week. Groover was tabbed the Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.

Butler finished with a game-high four goals against UC Davis as she recorded her fourth straight game with three or more scores. With the Mountaineers trailing 10-6 with under nine minutes remaining, Butler netted her third goal of the game to get the comeback started. She added another with 5:14 left, as she scored two of the Mount's five goals during the big comeback stretch.

Petito posted an 11-save performance on Saturday, marking her fifth double-digit save effort of the season. The senior net minder finished with a .524 save percentage in the victory, and held UC Davis off the board in the final nine minutes of play as the Mount scored the final five goals for the comeback win.

Groover scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in Saturday's victory. The rookie set up Butler for a goal to begin the comeback attempt, and later knotted things up at 10-10 with 4:27 remaining. Groover then registered the go-ahead goal with just 26 seconds on the clock, which proved to be the eventual game-winner.

The Mount's 8-2 record to open the season is tied for the best start through 10 games in program history, matching the team's 1998 season. During the 1998 campaign, the Mount also 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.

The Mountaineers hit their stride to close out non-conference play, defeating Radford, George Washington, Longwood, Campbell and UC Davis in five consecutive games. The current win streak is the first of five games or more for the Mountaineers since the 2007 campaign, when they won seven straight and finished at a perfect 8-0 in NEC play.

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 the country in save percentage (.535) and fourth in goals against average (7.58). Petito has held opponents to single-digit goals in seven of 10 games this season, including four of the last five.

After scoring 17 or more goals in three of the last four contests, the Mount St. Mary's offense is now averaging 13.60 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 35 points (26g, 9a), while Carly Miller (13g, 15a), Zoe Hurlburt (19g, 2a) and Beanie Colson (18g, 2a) have also passed the 20-point mark.

The Red Flash have won three of their last four games, with victories over Wofford (18-8), Longwood (10-9) and Kent State (13-9) during the stretch, and sit at 3-5 overall this season. Morgan Day leads the squad with 22 goals on the year and ranks third in the league with 2.75 goals per contest. Between the pipes, Ashley Stoessel owns a .415 save percentage and 12.62 goals against average in seven starts.

The Mount owns a perfect 16-0 mark all-time against Saint Francis U, including a 7-0 record in Loretto. In the matchup between the teams last season, Mount St. Mary's held SFU scoreless for over a 33-minute stretch spanning the first and second halves, as the team's strong defense led the Mountaineers to a 10-3 victory. Goalie Jillian Petito stopped 13 of 16 shots on goal in the contest to collect the win. On the offensive end, Beanie Colson led the way with a game-high four points on two goals and a pair of assists, and Alayna Pagnotta and Taylor Carhart chipped in with two goals apiece.

After Friday's game, the Mount returns home to face Robert Morris on Sunday, April 7 at 12 p.m.