MOUNT ST. MARY'S (10-2, 2-0 NEC) vs. WAGNER (9-2, 2-0 NEC)
Saturday, April 13 | 12:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Maryland | Waldron Family Stadium
SETTING THE SCENE
The Mountaineers will face defending Northeast Conference (NEC) Champion Wagner on Sunday at Waldron Family Stadium at 12 p.m. The Mount enters the contest having won seven in a row, while Wagner is on an eight-game win streak, as the two teams sit tied atop the conference standings.
Mount St. Mary's used a suffocating defensive effort to shut down Robert Morris in a 14-3 victory this past Sunday in Emmitsburg. The victory was the seventh straight for the Mount, which marks the team's longest win streak since the 2007 season. The Mountaineers moved to 10-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play with the win, as they extended their best start to a season in program history.
Jillian Petito made 10 saves in the contest while holding RMU to a season-low in goals. Petito and the Mountaineer defense held the Colonials scoreless for a 44:22 stretch following their goal to open the game. The defensive unit yielded just 19 shots on the day and kept RMU's leading scorers Melanie and Mackenzie Gandy both off the board.
The Mountaineers had five players finish with multi-point games, led once again by Jordan Butler, who tallied four goals to record her sixth straight game with three or more scores. Emily Davis was all over the field once again for the Mount, finishing with three goals, five draw controls, five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Kate Kinsella and Alayna Pagnotta each netted a pair of goals, and Carly Miller added one goal and two assists to round out the team's multi-point efforts on the day.
Goals: Butler (34), Hurlburt (20), Colson (19)
Assists: Miller (17), Butler (9), Groover (6)
Points: Butler (43), Miller (32), Hurlburt (24)
Ground balls: Petito (31), Davis (29), Colson (17)
Draw controls: Davis (48), Groover (44), Colson (31)
Caused turnovers: Davis (16), Colson (10), Petito (9)
Save pct: Petito (.561)
WHAT A START
With a win over Robert Morris on Sunday, the Mount improved to 10-2 overall on the year, which extended the team's best start to a season in program history. Prior to this year, the previous program record for best start to a season was an 8-2 mark during the 1998 campaign. The Mount closed out that year at 12-4 overall, tying for the program's best-ever winning percentage (.750) in a season.
The Mountaineers hit their stride to close out non-conference play, defeating Radford, George Washington, Longwood, Campbell and UC Davis in five consecutive games. They opened NEC play with wins over Saint Francis U and Robert Morris this past weekend to make it seven straight victories. The win streak is the longest for the Mountaineers since the 2007 campaign, when they also won seven consecutive and finished at a perfect 8-0 in NEC play.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jillian Petito was named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, as she collected the honor for the third time this season. Petito continued her dominant year last weekend, helping the Mount claim wins over Saint Francis U and Robert Morris. The senior combined for 23 saves and a .676 save percentage while yielding just 5.5 goals per game. Petito recorded 13 saves in the win over SFU on Friday, which marked her second-highest total in a game this season. On Sunday, the net minder stopped 10 shots while holding RMU to a season-low in goals with just three.
After scoring 14 or more goals in five of the last six games, the Mount St. Mary's offense is now averaging 13.75 goals per game, which leads all teams in the Northeast Conference. The Mount's balanced attack has eight players with 20 or more points on the season. Jordan Butler leads the way with 43 points on a team-high 34 goals to go along with nine assists. Carly Miller has 32 points on 15 goals and a team-best 17 assists.
PROTECTING THE CAGE
Goalie Jillian Petito, who led the nation in save percentage last season, has carried her strong play into her senior campaign. The Ocean City, Maryland native currently ranks second in the country in save percentage (.561) and third in goals against average (7.22). Petito has held opponents to single-digit goals in nine of 11 games this season.
THREE OR MORE
Jordan Butler, who played in just three games as a rookie last season, has broken out during her sophomore campaign, leading the Mountaineers with 34 goals and 43 points. The Bel Air, Maryland native has scored three or more goals in each of the last six contests. Butler currently ranks third in the conference in goals per game (2.83) and fourth in points per contest (3.58).
DOING IT ALL
Emily Davis continues to do it all for the Mountaineers on both ends of the field, as the senior leads the Mount in draw controls (48) and caused turnovers (16) while also ranking top-five on the team in goals (17), assists (4), points (21) and ground balls (29). Davis has secured five draw controls in each of the last three games, and has tallied a hat trick in two straight.
100TH CAREER DRAW
Sophomore Beanie Colson reached 100 career draw controls in Friday's victory over Saint Francis U, becoming just the 14th player in program history to reach the milestone. Colson tied the single-season program record as a rookie last year with 70 draw controls, and has followed it up with 31 more thus far this season.
The Seahawks, coming off an NEC Championship last season, enter Saturday's contest on an eight-game win streak. They sit at 9-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play after defeating Robert Morris, 17-7, and Saint Francis U, 17-5, in their first two league games. Wagner boasts a balanced offense with five players with 25 points or more. Victoria Tucci leads the squad with 35 points on 18 goals and a team-high 17 assists, and Madeline Seims tops the Seahawks with 31 goals on the year. Kelsey Fee, who's started all 11 games in goal, has posted a .497 save percentage and 7.96 goals against average.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Mount St. Mary's owns a 15-9 advantage in the all-time series against Wagner, but the Seahawks have won each of the last six matchups against the Mountaineers to close the gap. In the meeting last season, Wagner scored six of the final seven goals of the game to come from behind and knock off the Mount by a 12-11 margin in Staten Island. The Seahawks' late run consisted of five straight goals at one point during the stretch, which was the fourth different five-goal run of game combined between the two squads. Taylor Carhart (3g), Emily Davis (2g, 1a) and Marley Heller (2g, 1a) led the Mount on the afternoon with three points apiece, while Alayna Pagnotta was the other Mountaineer with a multi-goal day with a pair of scores.
The Mount begins a two-game road swing with a matchup at Central Connecticut on Thursday, April 18 at 4 p.m.