MOUNT ST. MARY'S (7-5, 3-0 NEC) at WAGNER (2-9, 0-3 NEC)
Saturday, April 13 | 12:00 p.m.
Staten Island, New York | Hameline Field
Brenden McCarthy and Chris DiPretoro combined for 13 points to power the Mount St. Mary's offense, and rookie Jared McMahon scored the game winner with just 1:40 remaining, as the Mountaineers pulled out a 16-15 victory at Utah last Saturday. The victory made it four straight wins for the Mount and seven in its last eight games.
McCarthy's four goals and four assists both marked season highs for the junior, as he led all point scorers in the contest. DiPretoro also set a new season high with five goals while recording his eighth multi-goal performance in the last nine contests.
Senior Jack Mangan, whose only two face-off attempts of his career entering the game came back during his freshman campaign, won 17-of-22 face-offs and picked up 12 ground balls filling in for an injured Sam Stephan. The senior also scored one goal and added three assists.
Goals: DiPretoro (30), Frankeny (20), Bethke (17)
Assists: Mangan (9), Bethke (8), McCarthy (8)
Points: DiPretoro (36), Bethke (15), Frankeny (25)
Ground balls: Stephan (82), Mangan (47), McIntosh (38)
Caused turnovers: McIntosh (22), Mangan (18), Davies (10)
Face-offs: Stephan (127-242), Mangan (17-22), Raum (14-31)
Save pct.: Furnback (.508)
INSIDE LACROSSE POLL
Mount St. Mary's, winners of four straight contests and seven of its last eight, received votes in the latest Inside Lacrosse Division I Media Poll, which was released on Monday.
The Mount opened Northeast Conference (NEC) play with wins over Bryant, Robert Morris and Sacred Heart, before posting a 16-15 victory at Utah on Saturday to make it four consecutive wins. The Mountaineers currently sit at the top of the league standings with a perfect 3-0 mark, one game ahead of both Saint Joseph's and Hobart.
The Mountaineers have faced four nationally-ranked teams on the year, and picked up their sixth all-time win against a ranked opponent in the 12-11 overtime triumph at #14 Richmond back in early March.
Since joining the NEC in 2011, this season marks just the second time the Mountaineers have opened league play with a 3-0 record. The only other time came during the team's first season as members of the conference in 2011, when they opened the NEC slate with four straight wins and went on to the claim the NEC Tournament Championship.
RISING IN THE RANKS
Senior attackman Chris DiPretoro, who became the 13th player in Mount program history to reach 100 career goals earlier in the season, currently leads the squad with 30 goals and 36 points on the year. DiPretoro has pushed his career goal total to 118, which is seventh-most in program history. The Owings, Maryland native has tallied multiple goals in eight of the last nine contests to move up to sixth in the NEC in goals per game (2.50).
Junior midfielder Jack Mangan has 69 caused turnovers in his career, which is the most-ever by a Mountaineer since it became an official stat. Mangan is also seventh in program history with 193 ground balls. The Bayville, New York native currently ranks second on the team in both caused turnovers (18) and ground balls (47) this season.
STEPPING UP ON DEFENSE
Mount St. Mary's is yielding 10.67 goals per game, good for third-best in the NEC this season. Goalie Dylan Furnback has been a big part of the team's success as he's posted double-digit saves in seven of 12 games on the year, and has claimed a pair of NEC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
The Seahawks sit at 2-9 overall and 0-3 in conference play after dropping matchups to Hobart, Bryant and Robert Morris to open their league slate. Dominic Branda and Spencer Kaufman are tied for the team-lead with 21 points on 16 goals and five assists apiece. Matt Sefcik owns a .548 save percentage and 11.29 goals against average in 11 starts in the cage.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Mount owns a big 16-2 advantage against Wagner in the all-time series, including a 7-2 mark in Staten Island. Last season, the Mountaineers rolled to a 16-3 victory over the Seahawks in the regular season finale behind 11 points on two goals and nine assists from Brenden McCarthy. The nine helpers by McCarthy set a new Northeast Conference single-game record. Three other Mountaineers joined McCarthy with multi-goal efforts in the victory, including Stephano Mastro, who registered a career-high seven points on five goals and two assists.
The Mount plays its final road game of the regular season on April 20 at Hobart at 1 p.m.