Emmitsburg, Md. (April 28, 2019) – The Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse team knocked off LIU Brooklyn 16-10 in the regular season finale on Sunday as the Mountaineers celebrated Senior Day at Waldron Family Stadium. The win marked a program-record 12th straight for the Mountaineers, as they also tied the program mark for most wins in a season with 15.
The Mountaineers clinched the Northeast Conference (NEC) Regular Season Championship outright, and will have the top seed and home field throughout the NEC Tournament. They will take on No. 4 seed Bryant on Thursday, May 2 at 2 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium.
The Mountaineers close out the regular season at 15-2 overall and 7-0 in NEC action, as they secured the third undefeated mark in conference play in program history, and the first since the 2007 campaign. The NEC Regular Season Title is the fourth for the Mount in program history.
Prior to the contest, Mount St. Mary's honored Maggie Allison, Taylor Carhart, Emily Davis, Emily Dees, Laurel George and Jillian Petito with a ceremony as part of Senior Day, recognizing the contributions the six seniors have made to both the program and the University throughout their careers at the Mount.
Sophomore Jordan Butler tallied a game-high seven points on five goals and a pair of assists, as she recorded her 13th multi-goal game of the season. Butler has registered four goals or more in seven of the last eight contests, and her 54 goals on the year are tied for the third-most in a season in program history. The sophomore sits 10 goals shy of the Mount's all-time single-season record of 64 goals, set by Katelyn Catanese in 2008. Butler's 69 points on the year place her third in a season in program history, just six shy of tying the record of 75, which was set by Jen Stocker in 1997.
Rookie Jordan Groover also contributed in a big way for the Mount in the victory, posting three goals and one assist to go along with a game-high seven draw controls. Beanie Colson added three goals and five draws, and Taylor Carhart notched a pair of goals and one assist to help pace the attack. Erin Anderson registered the first multi-point game of her career with one goal and one assist.
Goalie Jillian Petito stopped seven shots and added five ground balls and three caused turnovers to collect her 15th win of the season. Petito, who ranks second in the nation in both save percentage and goals against average, currently sits in second place on the Mount's all-time list for career wins (29) and third in saves (480).
For LIU Brooklyn, which rounds out its season at 6-11 overall and 3-4 in NEC play, Amanda Masullo led the way with five points on three goals and two helpers. Bianca Santucci added a hat trick, and Elise Person notched two goals. Virginia Gibbons made 14 saves between the pipes for the Blackbirds.
A low-scoring first half saw the Mountaineers take a 6-3 advantage into the break. Butler and Groover netted two goals apiece to lead the Mount's attack in the stanza.
The Mountaineers came out firing in the second half, scoring eight goals in the first 11 minutes of play. They tallied four of the opening five goals in the half, including a pair from Butler, to extend their lead to 10-4. After a tally from Amanda Masullo to break up the run, the Mount rattled off four straight, with Colson netting a pair during the stretch, to push its lead to 14-5 at the 19:43 mark.
LIU battled back with three consecutive goals to make it a 14-8 game with 14:50 remaining, but the Mount defense held the Blackbirds to just two scores the rest of the way, and closed out the 16-10 victory to finish off the perfect regular season conference slate.
The Mountaineers outshot LIU 41-27 in the contest, and held advantages on both draw controls (19-8) and ground balls (21-15).
The Mount heads into the NEC Tournament as the top seed and will take on Bryant on May 2 at 2 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium. No. 2 seed Wagner will face No. 3 Robert Morris at 11 a.m. in Emmitsburg.