Men's Lacrosse Cruises Past Quinnipiac, 16-10, to Take Sole Possession of First Place

Hamden, Conn. (April 16, 2011)--Mount St. Mary's cruised past Quinnipiac, 16-10, to take sole possession of first place in the Northeast Conference on Saturday afternoon.  The Mount stormed to a 10-2 halftime lead to earn the victory.

The Mount got big efforts from the attack position as Brett Schmidt, Cody Lehrer and Andrew Scalley combined for nine goals and six assists in the win.  Each player recorded a hat trick in the game.

Schmidt led the way with three goals and three assists while Lehrer chipped in three goals and two assists with Scalley adding three goals and one helper.

Mount St. Mary's (6-5, 3-0 NEC) took control of the game early, scoring four times in the opening 10 minutes.  Schmidt started the streak, scoring 4:19 into the game to give the Mount a 1-0 lead.  Just over a minute later, Lehrer converted a Scalley pass to push the lead to two.  Scalley scored an extra-man goal with 6:00 left in the first quarter and Lehrer's second goal of the game just 41 seconds later lifted the Mount to a 4-0 advantage.

Schmidt scored 43 seconds into the second quarter to make it a 5-0 lead before Quinnipiac scored back-to-back scores to cut the Mount lead to 5-2.  The Mountaineers, however, scored five times over the final 8:25 of the half to take a commanding 10-2 lead at the break.  Schmidt and Scalley started the scoring run ahead of a goal from long stick midfielder Mark Burns.  Midfielder Eric Ososki stretched the lead to 9-2 with 3:41 left in the half and midfielder Daniel Stranix scored with five seconds left to give the Mount an eight-goal lead.

The Bobcats (4-6, 2-1 NEC) made a run, cutting the Mount lead to 11-6 with 13:24 left in the game, but Mount St. Mary's held off the rally, scoring five goals in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. 

Quinnipiac outshot the Mount, 45-to-28, in the game while the Mount had 17 turnovers compared to seven for the Bobcats.  The Bobcats hit the cage on just 22 of their 45 shots in the game.  The Mount held a 34-31 edge in ground balls while winning 18-of-30 face-offs.

Mount St. Mary's goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo made 12 saves to earn the victory while his counterpart, Kevin Benzig, allowed 15 goals with just five saves in 56:19 of action.

Ososki finished with two goals and an assist for the Mountaineers with Stranix adding a goal and an assist.  Bryant Schmidt, Mike Adkins and Anthony Golden also scored for the Mountaineers.

Basil Kostaras, Jay Binkowski and Brendan Wilbur each had two goals for the Bobcats in the loss with Kevin Kelly adding a goal and two assists.

Schmidt, who leads the Mount with 37 points (24g, 13a) this season, recorded his sixth-consecutive multiple-goal game.  The junior has 19 goals and seven assists over the past six contests.

Scalley has 25 goals and nine assists this season, good for second on the squad with 34 points.  The sophomore extended his consecutive games streak with at least one point to 28.  Lehrer is tied with Scalley for the team lead with 25 goals while adding six assists on the year.  

His five-point game gives the junior 112 career points at the Mount, moving him into 18th place on the school's all-time list.

The Mount returns to action on Saturday, April 23, when Wagner visits Waldron Family Stadium on campus for a 1:00 p.m. game.

Game Notes: The Mount is now 4-1 all-time against the Bobcats...This was the first meeting between the two teams since the Mount defeated Quinnipiac, 13-10, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship game in 2001...Lehrer now has 88 career goals for the Mountaineers, 12th on the school's all-time list.