MOUNT ST. MARY'S (0-1) vs. No. 12 TOWSON (0-0)
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 12 pm
Waldron Family Stadium, Emmitsburg, Md.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount opened the 2017 season with an 18-5 loss at home to Delaware last Saturday. Jack Mangan had a goal and two assists to pace the Mount in the game. Trailing 6-3 at the half, the Mountaineers saw Delaware score nine times in the third quarter to take control of the game. Mount St. Mary's was outshot, 44-29, while the Blue Hens won 18 of 26 face-offs. The Mount had five different goal scorers, including Mangan, freshmen Brendan McCarthy and brendan Doyle, Spencer Smith and Chris DiPretoro.
ABOUT TOWSON: Towson will be opening the 2017 season against the Mountaineers. The Tigers are ranked 12th in the USILA poll and 13th in the Maverik Media Poll this week. Towson is the preseason pick to win the Colonial Athletic Association after winning the title in each of the past two seasons. The Tigers had five players named to the Preseason All-CAA team, including senior attackmen Ryan Drenner and Joe Seider, senior offensive midfielder Mike Lynch, senior Jack Adams at defensive midfield, and senior Tyler Maye as longstick midfielder. Towson went 16-3 last season, defeating Hobart and Denver in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Loyola in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Towson is 7-0 against the Mount since the school moved to NCAA Division I in 1989. Overall, the Tigers hold a 10-1 lead in the all-time series.
LAST YEAR'S MEETING: Mount St. Mary's lost at No. 15 Towson, 9-5, on February 20, last season. Mark Hojnoski led the Mountaineers with three goals and an assist in the game. After Towson had taken a 1-0 advantage, Chris DiPretoro's first collegiate goal evened the score after one quarter of play. The Tigers (2-0) scored the first four goals of the second quarter to take a 5-1 advantage. Hojnoski countered with a pair of extra-man goals in the final two minutes of the half to make it a 5-3 game. His second goal came with 10 seconds left in the first half. Ryan Lamon cut the deficit to 7-5 just 1:30 into the fourth quarter when he connected on a pass from Austin Short. Towson's Mike Lynch gave his team some breathing room with a goal with 9:05 left in the game while Ryan Drenner completed the scoring with his third goal of the game with 43 seconds left to make it 9-5. Mount St. Mary's goalkeeper Matt Vierheller had a strong game against Towson for the second consecutive season. Vierheller made 15 saves for the Mount in the game. Towson held a 42-30 edge in shots, 28-21 margin in ground balls and won 9-of-15 face-offs.
FIRST GOALS: Mount St. Mary's freshmen Brendan McCarthy and Brendan Doyle each scored their first collegiate goals in the Mount's season opener against Delaware.