The Mountaineers nearly overcame a seven-goal deficit in the second half, but their late comeback attempt fell just short in a 15-13 loss at No. 18/19 Towson on Saturday afternoon, dropping the Mount to 0-2 to open the season.
Towson held a 12-5 advantage entering the third quarter before three straight tallies from Luke Frankeny, Matt Haggerty and Jack Mangan trimmed the deficit to 12-8 at the 8:26 mark. The Mount got within three scores with just over 10 minutes remaining in the tilt, but a pair of goals from the Tigers in the ensuing two minutes pushed their lead back to 15-10. The Mountaineers netted three straight late in the contest to pull within a pair, 15-13, but Towson was able to hold them off in the final two minutes to escape with the two-goal victory.
Goals: Frankeny (6), McCarthy (4), DiPretoro (3), Haggerty (3)
Assists: McCarthy (3), DiPretoro (2), Haggerty (2)
Points: McCarthy (7), Frankeny (6), DiPretoro (5), Haggerty (5)
Ground balls: Stephan (18), McCarthy (5), McIntosh (5)
Caused turnovers: Mangan (5), Davies (3), Seven players (1)
Faceoffs: Stephan (26-58)
Save pct: Furnback (.500), Vierheller (.378)
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Luke Frankeny was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday following his four-goal performance against Towson. The freshman middie fired 10 shots in the contest, connecting on four of those, including a pair in the final three minutes of play that nearly helped the Mount complete the comeback. Frankeny, who also notched a pair of tallies in the season opener at Delaware, has a team-high six goals on the season.
The Spiders dropped their season opener at UMBC by a 9-6 margin before bouncing back for a 9-8 win on Saturday at home against Bucknell. Teddy Hatfield (6g, 1a) and Ryan Lanchbury (4g) have paced Richmond through the opening pair of games, combining for 10 of the team's 15 goals. Blake Goodman owns a .575 save percentage and 8.50 goals against average in two starts.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Tuesday's matchup will mark the fourth straight season that the Mount and Richmond have faced off. The Spiders have won each of the previous three meetings, including a 10-7 victory last season in Emmitsburg behind three points apiece from Ryan Lee (3g) and Teddy Hatfield (2g, 1a). Brenden McCarty led the way for the Mount in the tilt with three goals and one helper, while Chris DiPretoro added a pair of tallies.
The Mount hosts UMBC in the home opener on Friday, February 23 at 3 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium.