MOUNT UPDATE: Mount St. Mary's moved into fourth place in the Northeast Conference standings with a 1-0 win over Sacred Heart on Sunday. Maddie Tchou scored just 3:39 into the game on a feed from Jenna West to give the Mount an early lead. From there, goalkeeper Maggie Barron kept the Pioneers off the scoreboard, making eight saves in the game, including one on a penalty kick 15 minutes into the second half. Tchou leads the Mount with nine points while she is tied for the team lead with four goals with Kayla Hughes. Barron has a 0.83 goals against average and a .833 save percentage in nine games this season.
ABOUT CENTRAL CONNECTICUT: Central Connecticut clinched a Northeast Conference Tournament berth with a 3-0 win over LIU Brooklyn on Sunday. The Blue Devils have won six in a row to move to 12-1-2 overall and 6-0 in the NEC. CCSU can clinch first place with a win over the Mount on Friday night. Charlotte Maurer leads the team with eight goals and 17 points while Danielle Pearse has six goals and three assists for 15 points. In goal, Ashley Cavanaugh has started all 15 games, recording a 0.53 goals against average and a .869 save percentage.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Central Connecticut holds a 16-4-3 lead in the all-time series with the Mountaineers. The Mount, however, is 1-1-2 against the Blue Devils over the past four seasons, including a 1-0 win at home last year. The Mount is 1-9-1 all-time on the road against CCSU with the lone win a 2-1 overtime victory on October 1, 2000.
LAST YEAR'S MATCHUP: Chloe Cain scored in the 64th minute to lift Mount St. Mary's to a 1-0 win over Central Connecticut last year at Waldron Family Stadium. Midway through the second half, the Mount pressed into the offensive end and earned a corner kick. Jenna West sent a cross towards the far side over the outstretched hands of Cavanaugh. Cain was on the receiving end and directed a header towards goal. A couple CCSU defenders nearly kept the ball out of the back of the net, but to no avail. The tally, which put the Mount on top 1-0, was Cain's first of the season. Maggie Barron made seven saves to earn the clean sheet victory while Ashley Cavanaugh made eight saves in the loss. CCSU held a 24-to-12 advantage in shots. Click HERE for a full recap.
ABOUT WAGNER: Wagner is 2-12-0 overall and 1-5-0 in the Northeast Conference this season. The Seahawks host Delaware State on Friday before welcoming the Mount on Sunday. Maria Nunez leads the team with four goals and nine points while Katie Viscardi has appeared in 13 games in goal with a 2.40 goals against average and a .682 save percentage. Wagner lost to Sacred Heart (3-1) and Fairleigh Dickinson (6-2) last weekend.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Mount St. Mary's has a 13-12 lead in the all-time series with Wagner that began in 1004. The Mount's 2-0 win last year at home snapped a three-game losing streak against the Seahawks. The Mount has not won at Wagner since a 2-1 overtime victory on October 22, 2010.
LAST YEAR'S MATCHUP: Hannah Logue and Gianna Pomykacz each scored goals to lead the Mount to a 2-0 win over Wagner last season. The Mount held a 21-to-7 edge in shots while Maggie Barron made one save to earn the shutout. Click HERE for a full recap.
BARRON CAPTURES SECOND CONSECUTIVE NEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD: Mount St. Mary's sophomore goalkeeper Maggie Barron (Centerville, Va.) was been named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week on Tuesday. Barron made eight saves, including one on a penalty kick in the second half, to lead the Mount to a 1-0 victory over Sacred Heart on Sunday. Barron is the first Mountaineer to win back-to-back NEC Defensive Player of the Week honors since Rachel Bourne did it in October 2015.
PLAYOFF RACE: The Mount moved into fourth place in the NEC standings with the 1-0 win over Sacred Heart on Sunday. The top four teams in NEC advance to the playoffs, which will be hosted by the first place team. The Mount has three regular season games remaining (at Central Connecticut, at Wagner, vs. Bryant), and is looking to earn a spot to the NEC Tournament for the first time since 1997.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE: The Mount hosts Bryant for the final game of the regular season on Friday, October 26, at 4:00 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium.