MOUNT UPDATE: The Mountaineers edged Wagner, 2-1, on Sunday to keep the team's playoff hopes alive. The Mount, which needs a win against Bryant on Friday to clinch the school's first Northeast Conference Tournament appearance since 1997, is 4-8-3 overall and in fifth place in the NEC with a 3-2-2 conference mark. Maria Buonomo scored off a Kayla Hughes corner kick early in the second half to propel the Mount to the 2-1 win over Wagner. Hughes and freshman Maddie Tchou are tied for the team lead with four goals and nine points this season. Maggie Barron has a 1.15 goals against average and a .783 save percentage in 11 games in goal for the Mountaineers.
THE STAKES: The Mount and Bryant will be battling for the final spot in the Northeast Conference Tournament. Bryant enters the final game of the regular season tied for second place in the NEC standings with 13 points (4-2-1) while the Mountaineers are fifth with 11 points (3-2-2). The Mount will earn the playoff spot with a win on Friday while Bryant clinches the spot with a win or a tie. Central Connecticut has clinched first place and will host the four-team postseason tournament while Saint Francis U and Fairleigh Dickinson have also clinched playoff berths.
ABOUT BRYANT: Bryant enters the final game of the regular season with an 8-6-1 overall record and a 4-2-1 mark in the NEC. The Bulldogs have won two in a row to move into a tie for second place in the NEC standings with 13 points. Amanda Spitaleri leads the team with five goals and 10 points while Cayla D'Amico has nine points on three goals and a team-high three assists. Meghan Dalton has played every minute in goal this season, posting a 1.11 goals against average and a .800 save percentage.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The all-time series between the Mount and Bryant is tied at 4-4-1 with five of the nine all-time meetings going to overtime. The Bulldogs are 2-0-1 against the Mount over the past three meetings, including last year's 2-1 win at home. The Mount is 2-2-0 all-time at home against Bryant with the last win coming in 2014 (2-1 in overtime).
LAST YEAR'S MATCHUP: Bryant defeated the Mount, 2-1, last year in Smithfield, R.I. The first goal of the game did not come until the 79th minute when Haley Reddish scored from the top of the box for a 1-0 Bryant lead. Just over four minutes later, Remi Manna flicked home a Becca Michaud free kick for a two-goal advantage. The Mount cut the deficit in half on a Kayla Hughes penalty kick in the 86th minute, but was unable to find the tying goal. For more details, click HERE.
BARRON CAPTURES SECOND CONSECUTIVE NEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD: Mount St. Mary's sophomore goalkeeper Maggie Barron (Centerville, Va.) was been named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week on October 16. Barron made eight saves, including one on a penalty kick in the second half, to lead the Mount to a 1-0 victory over Sacred Heart on Sunday. Barron is the first Mountaineer to win back-to-back NEC Defensive Player of the Week honors since Rachel Bourne did it in October 2015.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE: The Northeast Conference Tournament will be held at top seed Central Connecticut on November 2 and 4.