Emmitsburg, Md. (February 23, 2018) – Brenden McCarthy, Stephano Mastro and Chris DiPretoro combined for 18 points as Mount St. Mary's rolled to a 16-7 victory over UMBC in the Mount's home opener on Friday at Waldron Family Stadium.
McCarthy notched a game-high seven points, tallying a pair of goals and a career-best five assists in the tilt. Mastro registered a career-high five goals to go along with one assist, and DiPretoro posted a five-point performance with four goals and one helper. Five other Mountaineers joined the trio with multi-point games, as a total of eight Mountaineers finished with multiple points.
Freshman Luke Mutterer performed well in his first career start in the Mount cage, posting a seven-save performance and a .500 save percentage to collect the victory.
With the 16-goal performance, the Mount has now registered 10 or more goals in four straight games to open the 2018 campaign, marking the first time in program history the team has begun a season with four straight double-digit goal games in its Division I era (1989-present). The last time the Mount registered 10-plus goals in four straight games at any point in a season was back in 2005.
The Mount took a 3-2 lead at the end of one quarter of play behind a pair of goals from DiPretoro and one from Mastro, before really locking in on defense to open a sizeable lead in the second quarter.
Four different Mountaineers found the back of the net in the second, while the defensive unit held UMBC scoreless in the period as the Mount opened a 7-2 advantage heading into halftime. Mount St. Mary's held UMBC to just one shot on goal in the second, with the Mountaineers outshooting the Retrievers by a 12-6 margin in the frame.
Coming out of the intermission, Ryan Frawley netted an early tally to cut the Mount lead to 7-3, but Mount St. Mary's answered with goals from Jack Mangan, DiPretoro and Matt Haggerty to extend the advantage to 10-3 with 3:10 left in the stanza. Trevor Patschorke was able to notch the final goal of the quarter, but the Mount still held a 10-4 advantage heading into the fourth.
The Mountaineers controlled play in the final quarter, scoring five of the opening six goals, including a hat trick from Mastro during the stretch, as they opened their largest lead of the contest at 15-5 with just 4:24 remaining.
The Mount went on for the 16-7 victory to improve to 1-3 on the year while collecting its first-ever win over UMBC in 19 meetings with the Retrievers since moving to Division I. With the loss, UMBC dropped to 1-2 overall.
For UMBC, Ryan Frawley led the way with three goals, and Trevor Patschorke added a pair of goals and one assist. Tommy Lingner made five saves in the losing effort in goal for the Retrievers.
The Mount outshot UMBC by a 42-34 margin and held a 29-25 advantage on ground balls.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on February 27 for a matchup at Georgetown at 3 p.m.