Emmitsburg, Md. (April 26, 2019) – The Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse team cruised past Sacred Heart by a 17-6 margin on Friday to clinch at least a share of the Northeast Conference (NEC) Regular Season Championship and the No. 1 seed in the NEC Tournament. The victory was the 11th straight for the Mountaineers, setting a program record for most consecutive wins.
This marks the fourth NEC Regular Season Championship for the Mount, and is the first title for the team since the 2007 season. The Mountaineers will host both rounds of the NEC Tournament on May 2 and 4 at Waldron Family Stadium. Games times are yet to be determined.
The win pushed the Mountaineers to 14-2 overall and 6-0 in conference play on the year, as they have now clinched the best winning percentage in a season in program history. They also sit just one victory shy of tying the program record for most wins in a season.
Jordan Butler notched a team-high five points on four goals and one assist in the victory, as she registered her 12th multi-goal game of the season. Carly Miller registered four points on two goals and a pair of helpers, while Beanie Colson (3g), Kate Kinsella (3g), Emily Davis (3g) and Jordan Groover (1g, 2a) all added three points. Colson and Groover also combined for 10 draw controls in the tilt.
Goalie Jillian Petito racked up her 14th win of the season with a 10-save performance.
Sacred Heart (2-13, 1-5 NEC) was led by two goals apiece from Hanna Wise, Lydia Werlau and Sydney Ericson.
The Mount opened things with six of the first seven goals of the game to take a 6-1 advantage at the 12:45 mark of the first half. Butler and Colson netted two goals apiece during the stretch.
Sacred Heart cut it to a 7-3 contest late in the half, but the Mount closed out the frame with three straight goals as Davis, Butler and Kinsella all found the back of the net in the final 2:19 of action to extend the Mount's lead to 10-3 at the break.
Following a goal from SHU's Wise to begin the second half, the Mount rattled off three straight, including a pair from Davis, to push the lead to 13-4 at the 19:53 mark.
The Mountaineers made it a 10-goal advantage and forced a running clock on Miller's tally with 7:50 remaining, and Colson notched the final score of the contest minutes later as the Mount closed out the 17-6 win.
Mount St. Mary's held a 28-18 shot advantage and a 19-14 margin on ground balls. SHU won the draw control battle, 15-10.
Mount St. Mary's closes out the regular season at home against LIU Brooklyn on Sunday, April 28 at 1 p.m. The Mount will honor its senior class prior to the game with a ceremony as part of Senior Day.