Men's Lacrosse Visits Towson on Saturday
MOUNT ST. MARY'S (1-1) at TOWSON (1-2)
Saturday, March 3, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
Towson, Md. * Johnny Unitas Stadium
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount fell to top-ranked Virginia, 17-5, on Tuesday afternoon at Waldron Family Stadium. The Cavaliers used a 9-0 first-half run to take control of the game to earn the win. Daniel Stranix paced the Mount with two goals and an assist while Brett Schmidt added a pair of scores in the game. Goalkeeper Chris Klaiber made 11 saves in 50:16 of action in the game.
ABOUT THE TIGERS: Towson enters Saturday's game 1-2 on the season after a 13-6 loss to No. 13 Loyola on Saturday. Sean Maguire paced the Tigers with a pair of goals in the game while Justin Mabus added a goal and an assist. Maguire is the team's top scorer with six goals and two assists for eight points while Thomas DeNapolis (4g, 2a), Matt Hughes (3g, 3a) and Mabus (1g, 5a) each have six points. In goal, Andrew Wascavage has started all three games, posting a 12.00 goals against average and a .483 save percentage in 150 minutes of action.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Towson holds a 2-0 lead in the all-time series since the Mount moved to NCAA Division I in 1989. The Tigers posted a 17-6 win at home over the Mount on April 6, 2004, and earned an 11-3 victory at the Mount on March 5, 2011.
THE MOUNT vs. RANKED OPPONENTS: Mount St. Mary's is 3-44 all-time against ranked opponents since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89, including a 1-1 mark this year. The Mount defeated No. 16 Delaware, 12-10, on Feb. 25 to open the season. All three wins over ranked opponents have come since 2010 with the Mount defeating No. 10 Lafayette (14-12) and No. 19 Robert Morris (19-13) in 2010.
THE NATIONAL POLLS: The Mount St. Mary's men's lacrosse team, coming off a 12-10 win over No. 16 Delaware last Saturday, is receiving votes in both national men's lacrosse polls this week. Mount St. Mary's was listed in the also receiving votes section in both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches' Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll this week.
STRANIX OFF TO GOOD START: Junior midfielder Daniel Stranix is off to a fast start this season, leading the team with five goals and six points. Stranix had a hat trick in the win over Delaware, his first career three-goal game. He followed with two goals and an assist in the loss to No. 1 Virginia.
IN THE CAGE: Sophomore Chris Klaiber took over this season for All-Conference goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo, who was the 2011 NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Klaiber has been busy so far this year, making 24 saves in the first two games. He earned NEC Defensive Player of the Week honors after making 13 saves in the Mount's 12-10 win over No. 16 Delaware. For the year, he has a 14.16 goals against average and a .480 save percentage.
SCALLEY'S STREAK: Junior attack Andrew Scalley has recorded at least one point in all 34 career games he has played. Scalley has accumulated 72 goals and 32 assists for 104 points during the streak, which began in his first collegiate game on Feb. 23, 2010, against Virginia. Scalley's streak tied for the fourth-longest in the country right now, behind Cornell's Rob Pannell (53), Denver's Alex Demopoulos (38), and Albany's Joe Resetartis (36). He is tied with Bryant's Peter McMahon (34) and Ohio State's Logan Schuss (34).
MORE STREAKS: Brett Schmidt, who scored twice in each of the Mount's games this year, has scored at least one goal in 15 consecutive games, the fifth-longest current streak in the nation. Schmidt has tallied 39 goals over the 15-game stretch.
THIS AND THAT: The Mount had eight different players score in the win over No. 16 Delaware…Jon Marsalese leads the Mount with 14 ground balls…He has won 19-of-46 (41.3 percent) face-offs this year…Brendan Rooney and Shane Pierce each have three caused turnovers.
WEEKLY HONORS: Sophomore goalkeeper Chris Klaiber and freshman midfielder Braedon Graham each earned weekly honors from the Northeast Conference on Feb. 27. Klaiber was named the Defensive Player of the Week after making 13 saves in the Mount's 12-10 win over No. 16 Delaware. Graham's first collegiate goal in that game helped him earn NEC Rookie of the Week honors.
LOOKING FOR A THREE-PEAT: The Mount has won conference championships in each of the past two seasons. In 2010, the Mount defeated Siena, 7-6, in the championship game in the team's final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Last year, the Mount posted a 14-9 win over Quinnipiac in the inaugural season for the Northeast Conference.
SITTING OUT: Three seniors are redshirting for the Mount this season. Attack Cody Lehrer, midfielder Eric Ososki and long stick midfielder Mark Burns will each sit out the 2012 season. Lehrer has 96 goals and 28 assists for 124 career points in 47 games at the Mount. He had 33 goals and 10 assists last year, finishing third on the team with 43 points. Ososki has tallied 28 goals and 17 assists for 45 points in 35 games at the Mount while Burns has six goals and three assists while picking up 69 ground balls in 37 career games.
PRESEASON POLL: The Mount was selected as the Preseason favorite in the annual Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches poll. The Mount received four of the six first-place votes in the poll and ranked ahead of Bryant, Robert Morris, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and Wagner.
THE NORTHEAST CONFERENCE: The Northeast Conference begins its second season sponsoring men's lacrosse in 2012. The six schools include the Mount, Bryant, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart and Wagner. The league does not get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament until 2013.
HEAD COACH TOM GRAVANTE: Head coach Tom Gravante is beginning his 17th season on the Mount sidelines. Gravante has been named Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in each of the past two seasons. He has guided the Mount to the NCAA Tournament in both 2003 and 2010 and he was named the MAAC Coach of the Year on four occasions. Gravante has 117 career wins, just three shy of matching Randy Kilgore for the all-time Mount record of 120.
UP NEXT: The Mount returns home to face VMI on Saturday, March 10, at 1:00 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium on campus.