Emmitsburg, Md. (April 29, 2018) – Mount St. Mary's University held Bryant scoreless over the final 37-plus minutes of play, as the Mountaineers came from behind and posted a 12-6 victory on Senior Day Sunday at Waldron Family Stadium.
Prior to the contest, Mount St. Mary's honored Jannel Daufenbach, Shannon Monaghan, Liza Oakley and Colleen Roussil with a ceremony as part of Senior Day, recognizing the contributions the four seniors have made to both the program and the University throughout their careers at the Mount.
With the win, Mount St. Mary's closes out the regular season at 10-6 overall and 5-2 in NEC play, and will be the No. 4 seed in the Northeast Conference Playoffs. Bryant, which was handed its first conference loss of the season, finishes the regular season at 11-5 overall and 6-1 in league, and will be the top seed in the tournament with home field advantage.
Mount St. Mary's and Bryant will meet again in just four days in the Northeast Conference Semifinals on Thursday, May 3 in Smithfield, R.I. The winner will advance to the NEC Championship game on Saturday, May 5.
The 10 wins for the Mountaineers this season are the most since the 2007 campaign, when they finished 10-8 on the year and a perfect 8-0 in the NEC. The Mount is set for its first trip to the NEC Playoffs since the 2015 season.
The Mountaineer defense came up big in the victory, holding Bryant to just seven shots in the second half while forcing 15 turnovers in the contest. Junior goalie Jillian Petito, who ranks third in the nation in save percentage, made 14 saves and registered a .700 save percentage in the tilt.
On the offensive end, Emily Davis led all scorers with five points (4g, 1a), while Kate Kinsella (3g, 1a) and Beanie Colson (2g, 1a) also chipped in with big days to help pace the Mountaineers. Oakley, who was one of the keys on defense for the Mount, picked up a team-high five draw controls.
For Bryant, Catlin Brown was the lone player with a multi-goal effort, tallying a pair of scores to lead the team. Goalie Samantha Santeramo made five saves in the losing effort between the pipes.
Bryant held a 6-5 advantage at the intermission, but the Mount came out of the break with a pair of quick strikes from Colson and Kinsella to take a 7-6 lead at the 24:32 mark.
A tally from Alayna Pagnotta off a nice feed from Kinsella just over six minutes later pushed the Mount St. Mary's advantage to 8-6 heading towards the midway-point of the half.
With Bryant's scoreless drought continuing to run on, the Mount was able to double its lead to four, 10-6, with 10:33 remaining following goals from Kinsella and Davis in a three-minute span.
The Mount defense continued to lock down the Bulldogs, who entered the contest as the league's top-scoring team by a wide margin at 15.67 goals per game. Davis and Kinsella were able to add a pair of late insurance tallies, as the Mount went on for the 12-6 victory.
The NEC Semifinal matchup between No. 4 seed Mount St. Mary's and top-seeded Bryant will take place on May 3 in Smithfield, R.I., with a starting time still to be announced.