The Mount men's lacrosse program has joined a nation of coaches and players to participate in USILA/HEADstrong Foundation Cancer Awareness Month. The nets for Saturday's game will be the signature HEADstrong lime green colors to help raise cancer awareness and funds. To donate to the USILA/HEADstrong Cancer Awareness Initiative please visit www.HEADstrong.org/donate
The Mountaineers come into the weekend with a 3-5 overall record and a 1-1 NEC mark, but are currently 3-1 in their last four games played. They're coming off of a road victory against the VMI Keydets in which the Mount's top three offensive point scorers - Chris DiPretoro, Bubba Johnson, and Jack Mangan - tallied four points apiece. Three unanswered goals gave the mount a 5-3 cushion going into halftime, and the Mountaineers held the lead for the remainder of the game, finishing with a 14-8 victory.
Goals: Chris DiPretoro (18), Bubba Johnson (12), Jack Mangan (9)
Assists: Mangan (8), Brenden McCarthy (6), Johnson (6)
Points: DiPretoro (23), Johnson (18), Mangan (17)
Ground Balls: Mangan (23), Tommy Lyons (15), three players tied (14)
Caused Turnovers: Daniel Barber (8), Kevin Verkler (5), Mangan (4), Lyons (4)
Face-offs Won: Shawn Raum (48-122), Shawn Milione (15-44)
Save Percentage: Matt Vierheller (49.7), Cameron Carpenter (44.4)
SCOUTING SACRED HEART
Through their first eight games of the season, the Pioneers are 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the NEC. They enter the weekend coming off a win against Hobart (8-7), which snapped a two-game losing streak after falling to Vermont (10-11) and Robert Morris (9-12). Offensively, the Pioneers are led by sophomores Joe Saggese (18g, 9a, 27p) and Max Tuttle (16g, 8a, 24p) along with senior Bryce Jurk (16g, 10a, 26p). Defensively, Brooks Dutton leads the Pioneers with a 53.7 save percentage and holds a 5-2 record while in the cage.
The Mountaineers have had the upper hand in the series versus Sacred Heart with an 8-2 all-time record against the Pioneers. The Mount has won each of the last two meetings in the series.
After the contest against Sacred Heart, the Mount welcomes Bucknell to Waldron Family stadium for a tilt on Saturday, April 8 at noon.