MOUNT ST. MARY'S (9-2, 1-0 NEC) vs. ROBERT MORRIS (7-3, 0-1 NEC)
Sunday, April 7 | 12:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Maryland | Waldron Family Stadium
Mount St. Mary's topped Saint Francis U 15-8 on Friday afternoon in the Northeast Conference (NEC) opener at DeGol Field. The win pushed the Mount's record to 9-2 overall, which marks the best start to a season in program history. The current six-game win streak for the Mountaineers is the longest since the 2007 campaign when they won seven straight.
Jordan Butler led Mount St. Mary's with four goals as she tallied her fifth straight game with three or more scores. Emily Davis did it all for the Mountaineers, registering three goals, a game-high six ground balls, and five draw controls. Jordan Groover notched three goals and six draws, and Alayna Pagnotta (2g, 1a) and Zoe Hurlburt (1g, 2a) rounded out the team's multi-point scorers. Senior goalie Jillian Petito recorded 13 saves in the win, which marked her second-highest total in a game this season.
Goals: Butler (30), Hurlburt (20), Colson (18)
Assists: Miller (15), Butler (9), Groover (5), Pagnotta (5)
Points: Butler (39), Miller (29), Hurlburt (24)
Ground balls: Petito (29), Davis (24), Colson (16)
Draw controls: Davis (43), Groover (41), Colson (30)
Caused turnovers: Davis (13), Colson (10), Petito (9)
Save pct: Petito (.545)
WHAT A START
With a win over Saint Francis U on Friday, the Mount improved to 9-2 overall on the year, which marks the best start to a season in program history. The previous program record was an 8-2 start during the 1998 campaign. The Mount closed out that season at 12-4 overall, tying for the program's best-ever winning percentage (.750) in a season.
The Mountaineers hit their stride to close out non-conference play, defeating Radford, George Washington, Longwood, Campbell and UC Davis in five consecutive games. They opened NEC play with a victory over Saint Francis U to make it six straight wins. The win streak is the longest for the Mountaineers since the 2007 campaign, when they won seven straight and finished at a perfect 8-0 in NEC play.
Jordan Butler, Jillian Petito and Jordan Groover were all recognized by the NEC with weekly honors on Monday following Mount St. Mary's thrilling comeback win over UC Davis. 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.
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 the country in save percentage (.545) and fourth in goals against average (7.62). Petito has held opponents to single-digit goals in eight of 11 games this season, including five of the last six.
After scoring 15 or more goals in four of the last five games, the Mount St. Mary's offense is now averaging 13.73 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 39 points (30g, 9a), while Carly Miller (14g, 15a), Zoe Hurlburt (20g, 4a) and Beanie Colson (18g, 2a) have also passed the 20-point mark.
SCOUTING ROBERT MORRIS
The Colonials were riding a four-game win streak before Friday's NEC opener, when Wagner posted a 17-7 win in Staten Island to drop RMU to 7-3 overall on the year. The Colonials' attack is led by twin sisters Mackenzie Gandy (26g, 14) and Melanie Gandy (18g, 16a), who rank top-two on the squad in all three scoring categories. In goal, Katelyn Miller owns a .523 save percentage and 9.79 goals against average.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Mount owns a slight 8-7 advantage in the all-time series against Robert Morris, with an impressive 5-1 record against the Colonials in Emmitsburg. In the matchup last season, RMU posted a convincing 14-4 win on its home field with Sophia Eureka (4g, 1a) and Clio Kerr (3g, 1a) leading the way on the offensive end. Carly Miller tallied a pair of goals to pace the Mount in the contest.
The Mount takes on reigning NEC Champion Wagner on Saturday, April 13 at home, with opening draw set for 12 p.m.