The Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse team knocked off defending Northeast Conference (NEC) Champion Wagner by an 11-9 margin this past Saturday to collect its eighth straight victory, which marks the team's longest win streak since the 2004 season.
The Mountaineers improved to 11-2 overall and 3-0 in conference play with the win, as they sit in a tie atop the league standings with Bryant. The Mount's 11-2 mark is the best record through 13 games in program history.
Jordan Groover paced Mount St. Mary's on the day with a team-high four points on two goals and a pair of assists, to go along with a team-best six draw controls. Alayna Pagnotta (3g) and Jordan Butler (1g, 2a) added three points apiece, and Beanie Colson (2g) and Carly Miller (1g, 1a) each tallied two. Jillian Petito made 11 saves and picked up five ground balls to earn her 11th victory of the season in goal. The 11-save effort was Petito's fifth straight game with double-digit saves. Petito made multiple point blank stops on the Seahawks in the victory, and held Wagner to a 5-of-15 (.333) clip on free-position shots.
Goals: Butler (35), Colson (21), Hurlburt (20)
Assists: Miller (18), Butler (11), Groover (8)
Points: Butler (46), Miller (34), Hurlburt (24), Groover (24)
Ground balls: Petito (36), Davis (33), Colson (18)
Draw controls: Davis (52), Groover (50), Colson (33)
Caused turnovers: Davis (20), Colson (11), Petito (9)
Save pct: Petito (.560)
With a win over Wagner on Saturday, the Mount improved to 11-2 overall on the year, which marks the team's best record through 13 games in program history. The Mountaineers are looking to break the program record for most wins in a season, which was set during the 2004 campaign when they claimed 15 victories.
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 wins over Saint Francis U, Robert Morris and Wagner to make it eight straight victories. The win streak is the longest for the Mountaineers since 2004 when they won 10 straight.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
The Mount's balanced attack boasts eight players with 20 or more points on the year. Jordan Butler leads the squad with 35 goals and 46 points on the year, while Carly Miller is the team's leader in assists (18) and ranks second in points (34). Jordan Groover (16g, 8a), Zoe Hurlburt (20g, 4a) and Alayna Pagnotta (19g, 5a) are all tied for third on the Mount with 24 points apiece.
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 (.560) and fourth in goals against average (7.36). Petito has held opponents to single-digit goals in 10 of 13 games this season.
DOING IT ALL
Emily Davis continues to do it all for the Mountaineers on both ends of the field, as the senior leads the Mount in draw controls (52) and caused turnovers (20) while also ranking top-five on the team in goals (18), assists (4) and ground balls (33). Davis has secured four or more draw controls in each of the last four games, and has a combined seven caused turnovers in the last two contests.
100TH CAREER DRAW
Sophomore Beanie Colson reached 100 career draw controls in last Friday's victory over Saint Francis U, as she became just the 14th player in program history to reach the 100 draw control plateau. Colson tied the single-season program record as a rookie last year with 70 draw controls, and has followed it up with 33 more thus far this season.
SCOUTING CENTRAL CONNECTICUT
The Blue Devils are on a six-game skid entering Thursday's contest, and have opened league play with losses to LIU Brooklyn (14-10), Sacred Heart (15-9) and Bryant (18-7). Senior middie Carson Adelberger (17g, 5a) and junior attacker Morgan Sinton (11g, 9a) have paced the team's offense. Jackie Branthover, who has started all 12 games between the pipes, owns a .443 save percentage and 14.02 goals against average.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Mountaineers have had success in the all-time series against Central Connecticut, going 16-3 against the Blue Devils, including a 7-2 record in New Britain. In the matchup last season, the Mount rolled to a 16-5 victory in Emmitsburg behind a career high six points apiece from both Taylor Carhart and Alayna Pagnotta. Carhart was perfect on the day, converting all six of her shots for goals, while Pagnotta registered five goals and one assist in the win.
The Mount finishes out the road trip at Bryant on Saturday, April 20 at 3 p.m.