MOUNT ST. MARY'S (3-1) vs. CALIFORNIA (2-4)
Sunday, March 3 | 11:00 a.m.
Emmitsburg, Maryland | Waldron Family Stadium
Sophomore Jordan Butler tallied a career-high eight points as Mount St. Mary's cruised to a 16-5 victory over La Salle on Friday night at Waldron Family Stadium. Butler notched six goals, with three of those coming on free-position attempts, and also added a pair of assists. Emily Davis recorded a hat trick to go along with a game-high eight draw controls. Zoe Hurlburt also netted three goals, while Kate Kinsella (2g) and Jordan Groover (2a) both finished with a pair of points on the night. Goalie Jillian Petito made 10 saves for the second consecutive game as she collected her third win of the season.
The Mountaineers have spread the wealth on offense through the opening four games, as seven different Mountaineers have five or more points. Butler's big game against La Salle on Friday pushed her into the team lead in both goals (11) and points (13). Kinsella is second on the team in both categories with eight goals and 10 points, while Groover, Hurlburt and Carly Miller each have seven points on the year. Alayna Pagnotta and Davis are the other two Mountaineers with five or more points thus far.
Goals: Butler (11), Kinsella (8), Hurlburt (6)
Assists: Pagnotta (3), Five players tied (2)
Points: Butler (13), Kinsella (10), Three players tied (7)
Ground balls: Groover (8), Davis (6), Petito (6)
Draw controls: Groover (17), Davis (14), Hurlburt (8)
Caused turnovers: Davis (4), Colson (3), Four players tied (2)
Save pct: Petito (.531)
After opening the season with four consecutive losses to Michigan (15-10), Denver (13-4), Fresno State (15-14) and San Diego State (13-9), the Golden Bears enter Sunday's contest on a two-game winning streak after taking down UC Davis (16-13) and George Washington (15-8). Kirsten Swanson and Caroline Corzel lead the squad with 11 goals and four assists apiece for a team-high 15 points. Jenny Wilkens owns a .413 save percentage and 12.94 goals against average in six starts between the pipes.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Mount will face Cal for just the fourth time in series history and the first time since the 2003 campaign. The Mountaineers won the first-ever meeting between the two teams, 14-11 back in 1999, but Cal won the other two matchups, 17-3 in 2000 and 9-7 in 2003.
Mount St. Mary's hits the road to take on Radford on Saturday, March 9 at noon.