The Mountaineers were edged by 15th-ranked Richmond on Tuesday, 10-7, in a game that was tied going into the fourth quarter. Brenden McCarthy helped keep the Mount alive by scoring three goals in the contest, the first hat trick of his career. Chris Dipretoro chipped in with a pair of scores, and Bubba Johnson and Jack Mangan added a goal apiece. Ryan Lee would record his own hat trick for Richmond while Teddy Hatfield scored twice and five other Spider players added a goal each. Richmond would jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the first six minutes of play only to be followed up by a pair of goals from McCarthy as he tied the game at 2-2 with about two minutes left in the first quarter. In the third quarter, Jack Mangan and Brenden McCarthy each tallied a goal to bring the game to a 5-5 stalemate going into the fourth quarter. The Spiders jumped out to an 8-6 lead with 8:02 left in the fourth before DiPretoro scored his second goal to bring the score to 8-7. A pair of goals from Ryan Lee helped the Spiders ice the game as they closed out the 10-7 victory.
Furman enters Sunday afternoon's matchup at 0-4 after dropping contests to Vermont (13-12 OT), Ohio State (12-6), North Carolina (7-3) and Sacred Heart (9-8). William Holcomb leads the squad with seven goals, while Lou Yovino (4g, 1a) and Graham Dabbs (3g, 2a) have five points each. Alec Van de Bovenkamp and Reilly McDermott have combined for a 10.56 goals against average and .467 save percentage in cage through the opening four games.
The Mountaineers and the Paladins will face off for just the third time in series history on Sunday with the last two meetings going the Mountaineers' way as they posted a 7-6 win in 2015 and a 10-8 victory last season.
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Chris DiPretoro lead the Mount's attack eclipsing four total points (3g, 1a) as Jonah Moore lead his team with three total points (2g, 1a). The final three minutes of the first quarter saw the Mount score two goals to give the Mount a one goal lead. Zach Scott would even up the score at 2-2 in the second period just before Hojnoski scored back-to-back goals in 26 second to put the Mount back in front. Jonah Moore would put the final goal of the first half in the back of the net to cut Furman's deficit to 4-3 at half. Scoring was the theme of the third quarter as each team opened up the second half scoring 3 goals each. This trend would continue into the fourth as the Mountaineers scored three goals in just under nine minutes, giving the Mount a 10-6 lead. They would continue to hold off the Paladins and won by a two goal margin 10-8.
The Mount hits the road for a tilt at Bellarmine on March 11 at 12 p.m.