MOUNT ST. MARY'S (3-4) at #17 JOHNS HOPKINS (2-3)
Tuesday, March 12 | 7:00 p.m.
Baltimore, Md. | Homewood Field
SETTING THE SCENE
Mount St. Mary's heads to Baltimore to take on No. 17 Johns Hopkins on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.com, and will also air on ESPNU on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
ABOUT THE MOUNT
After dropping their first four contests to open the season, the Mountaineers have now topped VMI, #14 Richmond and Mercer in three straight to improve to 3-4 overall. The Mount is averaging 9.86 goals per contest, led by Chris DiPretoro (16g, 5a), Joe Bethke (11g, 4a) and Luke Frankeny (12g, 2a). DiPretoro currently ranks sixth in the Northeast Conference (NEC) with 2.29 goals per game and is ninth in points per game with 3.00. Jack Mangan, who continues to do it all for the Mountaineers, is tied for the team-lead in caused turnovers (14) along with defenseman Bryan McIntosh. In goal, sophomore Dylan Furnback has posted double-digit saves in five games on the year, including a season-high 14 in the team's upset win over Richmond. Furnback ranks second in NEC in saves per game (11.29) and third in goals against average (10.51).
LAST TIME OUT
Junior midfielder Brendan Doyle netted the game-winning goal with 27 seconds remaining as Mount St. Mary's came back from a four-goal deficit in the second half to beat Mercer, 9-8, on Friday afternoon for the team's third straight victory. The Mount took its first lead of the game with 11 minutes remaining on Frankeny's second goal of the tilt. The sophomore beat a defender and fired a lefty rocket from a tough angle into the top shelf to give the Mountaineers an 8-7 advantage. Both teams were held off the board for the ensuing 10 minutes of play until Michael Quinn was able to beat Furnback with just 1:03 remaining to tie things back up at 8-all. On the face-off following the goal, Ashton Wood was called for a violation, giving possession to the Mountaineers. As the clock dipped under 30 seconds, Doyle put a move on a Mercer defender and fired a shot just inside the left pipe to put the Mount back on top, 9-8, with 27 seconds remaining. Stephan came up with a clean face-off win after the go-ahead goal to seal the victory for the Mountaineers
Goals: DiPretoro (16), Frankeny (12), Bethke (11)
Assists: J. McMahon (6), DiPretoro (5), Mangan (4), Bethke (4)
Points: DiPretoro (21), Bethke (15), Frankeny (14)
Ground balls: Stephan (59), Furnback (24), McIntosh (23)
Caused turnovers: McIntosh (14), Mangan (14), Pirozzi (5), DiPretoro (5)
Face-offs: Stephan (89-163), Raum (3-4)
Save pct.: Furnback (.510)
UPSET OVER RICHMOND
Mount St. Mary's tied the game with just 1.4 seconds left on Frankeny's fourth goal of the contest, and DiPretoro won it for the Mount late in overtime on his fourth score of the game, as the Mount upset 14th-ranked Richmond, 12-11, last Tuesday. The victory for Mount St. Mary's was the sixth all-time against a ranked opponent and the first since a 2013 win over #18 Bucknell. Frankeny (4g, 2a) and DiPretoro (4g, 1a) led the way for the Mountaineers with a combined 11 points in the contest. Frankeny tallied three of his four scores in the fourth quarter, including the clutch game-tying goal in the final seconds. Mangan (1g, 1a) and Matt Haggerty (1g, 1a) both added a pair of points, and Stephan went 18-of-27 on face-offs while picking up 14 ground balls, marking his second-highest total of the season. In goal, Furnback earned the win with a 14-save performance, as he collected his fifth double-digit save effort in the opening six games.
DIPRETORO REACHES 100
Chris DiPretoro netted the 100th goal of his collegiate career early in the first quarter in the team's big win over #14 Richmond last Tuesday. DiPretoro became the 13th player in program history to reach the 100-goal milestone. The senior has pushed his career goal total to 104 since, which is 12th-most in Mount history. Matt Warner (2003-06) is the program's all-time leader in career goals with 138.
Tuesday's contest will mark the fourth game against a ranked opponent this season for the Mountaineers. They fell to #10 Towson, 12-7, and were clipped by #20 Georgetown, 13-11, despite holding a lead in the fourth quarter against the Hoyas. The Mountaineers got their sixth win over a ranked opponent in program history last Tuesday as they topped #14 Richmond, 12-11, in overtime.
PROTECTING THE CAGE
Dylan Furnback was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week on Monday. The sophomore net minder has posted double-digit saves in five of seven contests on the year. During the team's recent three-game win streak, Furnback registered a combined .590 save percentage and allowed just 25 goals in the three tilts. Furnback held both VMI and Mercer to single-digit goals, and stopped a season-high 14 shots against the high-powered Richmond offense in the upset win.
SCOUTING JOHNS HOPKINS
Johns Hopkins is ranked 17th in both the USILA Coaches Poll and Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Through a very challenging early part of the schedule, the Blue Jays own a 2-3 record overall. They look to bounce back after dropping a 14-10 decision at 15th-ranked Syracuse on Saturday as the Orange rallied in the fourth quarter for the comeback win. Joey Epstein (10g, 7a), Kyle Marr (12g, 3a) and Cole Williams (6g, 6a) have paced the JHU offense thus far. Ryan Darby owns a .474 save percentage while yielding 14.20 goals per game in five starts in goal.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Mount St. Mary's and Johns Hopkins will face off for the seventh time in the Mount's Division I era. JHU has won each of the previous six meetings, including a 17-2 victory in the most recent matchup between the two teams in 2014.
Mount St. Mary's hosts Bryant in the Northeast Conference opener on Saturday, March 16 at 12 p.m.