Emmitsburg, Md. (April 7, 2019) – The Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse team used a suffocating defensive effort to shut down Robert Morris in a 14-3 victory on Sunday in Northeast Conference (NEC) women's lacrosse action. The victory was the seventh straight for the Mount, which marks the team's longest win streak since the 2007 season.
The Mountaineers moved to 10-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play with the win, as they continue to extend their best start to a season in program history. The loss dropped Robert Morris to 7-4 on the year and 0-2 in conference play.
Jillian Petito made 10 saves in the contest while holding RMU to a season-low in goals. Petito and the Mountaineer defense held the Colonials scoreless for a 44:22 stretch following their goal to open the game. The defensive unit yielded just 19 shots on the day and kept RMU's leading scorers Melanie and Mackenzie Gandy both off the board.
The Mountaineers had five players finish with multi-point games, led once again by Jordan Butler, who tallied four goals to record her sixth straight game with three or more scores. Emily Davis was all over the field once again for the Mount, finishing with three goals, five draw controls, five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Davis now has five draw controls in three consecutive contests. Kate Kinsella and Alayna Pagnotta each netted a pair of goals, and Carly Miller added one goal and two assists to round out the team's multi-point efforts on the day.
Davis led the early charge as she scored three of the team's opening four goals to stake the Mountaineers out to a 4-1 advantage at the 18:31 mark. Butler and Kinsella tallied the final two goals of the half to push the Mount lead to 6-1 at the break.
The Mount registered three straight to open the second half, including a pair by Butler, to stretch the lead to 9-1 at the 19:18 mark.
Shannon Lynch found the back of the net with 15:16 on the clock for RMU to break up the over 44-minute scoreless stretch by the Colonials, and Thalia Zolis followed with her second of the game minutes later to cut the deficit to 9-3 with 11:51 remaining.
The Mount shutout RMU for the rest of the contest while scoring the game's final five goals to close out the convincing 14-3 win.
Mount St. Mary's outshot RMU 29-19 in the tilt and posted an 11-8 advantage on draw controls.
The Mountaineers face reigning NEC Champion Wagner on Saturday, April 13 at 12 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium.