ABOUT THE MOUNT
The Mountaineers registered a key conference win last time out, topping Saint Francis U by a 12-9 margin to collect their second win of the campaign and even their league record to 1-1. The trio of Marley Heller, Kelly Maloney and Sammie Knapp led the squad to victory, combining for 10 of the team's 12 goals, while Jillian Petito made eight saves to record the win between the pipes.
Knapp, a senior captain, is the team's leader in goals (24) and points (34), while rookie Carly Miller leads the squad in assists (11) and ranks second in points (25). In total, six Mountaineers have reached double-figure goals through the opening 10 games, as the team is averaging 10.20 goals per contest. Petito has started every game in net, posting a .417 save percentage and 12.50 goals against average. Her .556 save percentage in league games is tops among all goalies in the conference.
Goals: Sammie Knapp (24), Taylor Carhart (15), Carly Miller (14)
Assists: Miller (11), Knapp (10), Kelly Maloney (4)
Points: Knapp (34), Miller (25), T. Carhart (16)
Ground Balls: Jillian Petito (29), Alex Carhart (16), Knapp (16)
Caused Turnovers: Knapp (9), A. Carhart (7), Emily Dees (7)
Save Percentage: Elicia Wells (61.5), Petito (41.7)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Petito was named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday following one of her best weeks of the season between the pipes for the Mount in games against Robert Morris and Saint Francis U. The sophomore netminder made a combined 20 saves in the pair of games, including eight in the team's 12-9 win at SFU on Sunday. In Friday's contest against Robert Morris, Petito stopped 12 shots and posted a season-best .632 save percentage.
Wagner, the reigning NEC Champions from 2016, have struggled through the opening 12 games this season, sitting at 2-10 overall and 0-2 in league play. The Seahawks fell to Saint Francis U, 10-9, in their conference opener last Friday, and were edged by a one-goal margin once again on Sunday versus Robert Morris, 15-14. Heidi Colford (19g, 17a) and Anna Belle Reilly (24g, 11a) have paced the Wagner offense, while Kelsey Fee owns a .380 save percentage and 14.23 goals against average in six starts in goal.
The Mount owns a 15-7 advantage in the all-time series against Wagner, but the Seahawks have won each of the last four meetings, including a 20-6 victory last season on their home field.
The Mount welcomes LIU Brooklyn to Waldron Family Stadium for a matchup on Friday, April 21 at 4 p.m.