Mount St. Mary's Advances to NEC Championship Game with 14-9 Win over Bryant
Emmitsburg, Md. (May 6, 2011)--Cody Lehrer scored four goals to lead top-seeded Mount St. Mary's past No. 4 seed Bryant, 14-9, in the Northeast Conference Tournament semifinals at Waldron Family Stadium on campus. The Mount scored 10 second-half goals to rally from a 5-4 halftime deficit.
Trailing 5-4 at the half, Bryant Schmidt and Eric Ososki each scored to open the second half to give the Mount its first lead of the game, 6-5, 4:26 into the third quarter. The Bulldogs (8-9) answered just 13 second slater on Mason Poli's second goal of the game, but the Mountaineers then rattled off the next seven goals to seal the victory.
Lehrer scored the first two goals of the seven-goal run to give the Mount an 8-6 lead. His second goal was the highlight of the game, a behind-the-back score with 5:29 left in the third quarter that pushed the lead to two goals. Daniel Stranix added an unassisted score just under two minutes later to give the Mountaineers a 9-6 lead after three quarters of play.
Mount St. Mary's (8-6) scored the first four goals of the final quarter to seal the win. Andrew Scalley and Brett Schmidt scored two minutes apart to extend the advantage to 11-6 before Ososki and Connor Carey finished the seven goal run that gave the Mount a 13-6 lead. Bryant had a three-goal run to cut the Mount lead to 13-9 before Scalley scored with 30 seconds left to complete the scoring.
Lehrer finished with four goals to pace the Mount offense while Scalley added three goals and an assist. Ososki chipped in two goals and an assist with Brett Schmidt scoring twice for the Mountaineers. Bryant Schmidt and Stranix added a goal and an assist in the win.
Peter McMahon led the Bulldogs with two goals and two assists while Max Weisenberg and Poli each had a pair of goals in the loss.
Mount St. Mary's goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo, the NEC Defensive Player of the Year, made 11 saves in the win while Jameson Love made seven saves while allowing 13 goals in 58:50 of play.
Bryant started the game strong, taking a 4-2 lead after one quarter of play. Weisenberg and McMahon each scored in the opening 2:31 of the game to stake Bryant to a 2-0 lead. After Lehrer scored to get the Mount on the scoreboard, Poli scored to make the score 3-1. Lehrer scored again for the Mount ahead of McMahon's second goal of the game that gave Bryant a 4-2 advantage.
With the win, the Mount advances to the NEC Championship game on Sunday, May 8, against Quinnipiac at 1:00 p.m.