MOUNT ST. MARY'S (0-4) at VMI (2-0)
Saturday, March 2 | 3:30 p.m.
Lexington, Virginia | Drill Field #2
Mount St. Mary's nearly pulled off an upset of 20th-ranked Georgetown on Tuesday, but the Hoyas put together a strong fourth quarter to come from behind and top the Mount by a 13-11 margin. Five different Mountaineers registered multi-point efforts in the contest, led by three points apiece from Matt Haggerty (3g), Joe Bethke (2g, 1a), Chris DiPretoro (2g, 1a), and Jared McMahon (1g, 2a). Brendan Doyle also added one goal and one assist. Sophomore goalie Dylan Furnback made a season-high 13 saves for the Mount to record his third double-digit save performance in the opening four games.
Goals: Bethke (7), DiPretoro (6), Frankeny (5), Haggerty (5)
Assists: J. McMahon (4), Bethke (3), DiPretoro (2), Mangan (2)
Points: Bethke (10), DiPretoro (8), J. McMahon (8)
Ground balls: Stephan (34), Furnback (15), McIntosh (12)
Caused turnovers: McIntosh (8), Mangan (7), Pirozzi (4)
Face-offs: Stephan (48-97), Raum (1-1)
Save pct.: Furnback (.456)
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman attackman Jared McMahon was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday. McMahon saw his first action of the season last Saturday at UMBC and the rookie showed up in a big way, registering a game-high five points on three goals and a pair of assists. McMahon helped shift momentum in the Mount's favor in the third quarter, tallying four of his five points in the frame. The rookie played a part in three straight goals late in the period as he scored back-to-back before assisting on Matt Haggerty's tally to bring the Mountaineers within a pair. The rookie's five points are the most by a Mount player this season.
DIPRETORO CLOSING IN ON 100
Senior attackman Chris DiPretoro has six goals in the opening four games this season, and now has 94 total in his collegiate career. With six more goals, DiPretoro would become just the 13th player in program history to reach the 100-goal milestone. Matt Warner (2003-06) is the Mount's all-time leader in career goals with 138.
At 2-0 with victories over Manhattan and NJIT, the Keydets have matched their best start to a season in program history. Ryan Perouty owns a team-high 12 points on six goals and six assists, and John Daniel has matched Perouty with six goals in the opening pair of games. Bejamin Stump has started both games in goal, posting a .600 save percentage and 9.00 goals against average.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Mountaineers own an impressive 21-2 all-time record against VMI. The teams have face-off in four straight seasons dating back to 2015, with the Mount coming out on top in all four matchups. In last season's meeting, Brenden McCarthy registered nine points on five goals and four assists to power the Mount to a 16-9 victory over the Keydets in Emmitsburg. Stephano Mastro chipped in with a pair of goals and one assist, and Chris DiPretoro, Jack Mangan and Joe Bethke each added a goal and one assist.
On Tuesday, March 5, the Mountaineers head to Virginia to face a tough Richmond squad that is currently ranked 16th in the nation. Opening face-off is set for 4 p.m.