Apr 12, 2018
2003 CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
- During halftime of Saturday's game, Mount St. Mary's will honor the 2003 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship team as members of the squad return to Emmitsburg.
- The 2003 Mountaineers captured both the MAAC regular season and tournament titles, and earned the program's first-ever bid to the NCAA Division I Tournament. The Mount had nine players earn all-conference honors that season, and won three major awards as Josh Warfield was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, Matt Warner earned Rookie of the Year honors, and Tom Gravante was named the Coach of the Year.
ABOUT THE MOUNT
- The Mount has opened Northeast Conference play with losses to Bryant (20-11), No. 20 Robert Morris (15-5) and Sacred Heart (10-9), but still remains just one game out of a playoff spot in the league standings.
- In their most recent contest, the Mountaineers dropped a 14-9 decision to 14th-ranked Bucknell in the final non-conference game of the season. The Mount outscored Bucknell by a 9-5 margin in the second half, but wasn't able to overcome a nine-goal first-half deficit. Chris DiPretoro registered his fourth straight game with three or more goals, finishing the contest with four goals and one assist for a team-high five points to lead the Mountaineers. Stephano Mastro, Matt Haggerty, and Henry Berg chipped in a goal and one assist apiece, and rookie Sam Stephan went 17-for-26 (.654) on faceoffs while picking up 11 ground balls.
- With his five-point effort against the Bison, DiPretoro reached the 100-point plateau for his career, becoming the 26th player in program history to accomplish the feat. The junior attackman's 79 career goals are good for 17th-most in Mount history.
- Stephan has continued to impress at the X for the Mountaineers in his rookie campaign. The Millstone, N.J. native has posted a .500 or better percentage on faceoffs in eight of 11 games on the year, and registered double-digit ground balls in four contests, including each of the last three. Stephan needs just nine more ground balls to crack the top-10 for most in a single season for the Mount.
- Mount Head Coach Tom Gravante is set to face his alma mater, Hobart, for the fifth time on Saturday. During his playing days, Gravante helped lead the Statesmen to four straight Division III titles, and was elected into Hobart's Hall of Fame in 2006.
- The Mountaineers own a 1-3 record against the Statesmen, with their victory coming during the 2015 campaign. Last season, Hobart posted a 15-8 victory behind eight points (6g, 2a) from Frank Brown. DiPretoro led the Mount with five points (4g, 1a) in the contest.
- Goals: DiPretoro (28), Mastro (19), McCarthy (17)
- Assists: McCarthy (17), Haggerty (8), Berg (7), DiPretoro (7)
- Points: DiPretoro (35), McCarthy (34), Mastro (22)
- Ground balls: Stephan (90), Mangan (41), McIntosh (33)
- Caused turnovers: Mangan (15), McIntosh (15), Verkler (11)
- Faceoffs: Stephan (148-264, (56.1%) Ulrich (11-26, 42.3%)
- Save percentage: Furnback (.492), Mutterer (.444), Vierheller (.371)
- The Statesmen sit in fifth place in the NEC standings with a 1-2 league mark and 4-7 overall record. Hobart topped Wagner by an 11-5 margin to begin conference play, before dropping contests to Saint Joseph's, 6-5, and Robert Morris, 10-9, in overtime.
- Chris Aslanian has paced the team's offense thus far with 42 points on 22 goals and 20 assists. The junior attackman ranks second in the league in assists per game and third in points. Sam Lucchesi has posted a .520 save percentage and 8.46 goals against average in eight starts in goal for the Statesmen.
- The Mountaineers continue NEC play with a matchup at Saint Joseph's next Saturday, April 21, at 1 p.m.