Emmitsburg, Md. (April 27, 2018) – Taylor Carhart and Alayna Pagnotta registered six points apiece to power the Mount St. Mary's University women's lacrosse team to a 16-5 victory over Central Connecticut State on Friday. With the win, the Mountaineers clinched a berth in the Northeast Conference playoffs for the first time since 2015.
The victory pushed the Mountaineers to 9-6 overall and 4-2 in NEC play, as they remain tied with Robert Morris for the third seed. Central Connecticut dropped to 2-13 on the year and 1-5 in the league following the loss.
Carhart was perfect on the day, converting all six of her shots for goals to record a career-high six scores. Pagnotta also netted a career-high five goals to go along with one assist, as she matched Carhart with six points in the tilt. Carly Miller added four points (1g, 3a), and Beanie Colson chipped in three (1g, 2a) in addition to a career-best 10 draw controls.
Colson was pivotal in the draw circle all day, helping the Mountaineers win 18 of 23 draws in the contest, including nine of 10 in the first half. Mount St. Mary's also outshot the Blue Devils by a 34-12 margin and held a 19-14 advantage on ground balls.
Junior Jillian Petito collected the victory in goal for the Mountaineers with six saves, while her counterpart, Meaghan Allard, stopped nine shots in 35:52 of action.
With the game tied 2-2 at the 18:41 mark of the first half, the Mount was able to hold the Blue Devils scoreless for the remainder of the frame while scoring the final five goals to open a 7-2 advantage at the break. Carhart and Pagnotta accounted for all five of the Mount's goal during the stretch that helped open the game up.
Pagnotta tallied the game's first two goals coming out of the break, her fourth and fifth of the contest, to stretch the Mount advantage to 9-2 at the 23:22 mark.
Carhart took over from there, scoring three straight goals in a span of just 2:22, to give the Mountaineers a commanding 12-2 lead with 19:42 on the clock.
After scores from Colson and Nicole Voci made it a 14-2 game, CCSU finally put an end to its over 38-minute scoreless drought on Morgan Sinton's tally with 9:23 remaining. The Mount got two more goals from Lauren Harrison and Voci in the final minutes before closing out the 16-5 victory.
Mount St. Mary's wraps up the regular season with a Senior Day matchup against Bryant this Sunday, April 29 at 1 p.m. Mount St. Mary's will honor its senior class with a ceremony prior to the game.