MOUNT ST. MARY'S (2-4) vs. MERCER (0-5)
Friday, March 8 | 12:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Md. | Waldron Family Stadium
LACE UP 4 PEDIATRIC CANCER INITIATIVE
The Mount St. Mary's men's lacrosse team will sport gold laces during Friday's game against Mercer to help raise awareness for Go4theGoal's Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer initiative. Donations will be accepted throughout the game at a table near the front gate, and 100% of funds raised will be donated to the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Unit in Baltimore.
Go4TheGoal's unwavering mission is to improve the lives of children battling cancer by providing financial support, developing and implementing unique hospital programs, funding innovative research, and granting personal wishes. Through their first-hand experience with pediatric cancer and their medical background, Go4theGoal provides the best practices to patients, their families, and the hospitals and staff that care for them. To learn more about the organization, please visit Go4theGoal.org.
The Mountaineers are coming off a thrilling 12-11 upset victory over 14th-ranked Richmond in overtime on Tuesday. Mount St. Mary's tied the game with just 1.4 seconds left on Luke Frankeny's fourth goal of the contest, and Chris DiPretoro won it for the Mount late in overtime on his fourth score of the game. The victory for Mount St. Mary's was the sixth all-time against a ranked opponent and the first since a 2013 win over #18 Bucknell.
Richmond led by two goals following Mitch Savoca's tally at the 8:21 mark of the fourth, but Frankeny responded with back-to-back goals in a span of 34 seconds to tie the game at 10-all with 7:15 remaining. With just under four minutes left, Teddy Hatfield put Richmond back on top, 11-10, with his first goal of the game.
Heading into the final minutes, the Mountaineers had multiple chances to tie the game, but shots from DiPretoro, Matt Haggerty and Brenden McCarthy were all turned away by Richmond goalie Jack Rusbuldt. With time winding down, DiPretoro was tied up by multiple defenders and taken to the ground, but the senior was able to keep possession of the ball and the Mountaineers got a timeout called with 9.4 seconds left. Coming out of the timeout, they worked the ball behind the cage to McCarthy, who was able to find Frankeny open in front of goal. Frankeny received the pass, spun, and fired one past Rusbuldt to tie the game with 1.4 seconds showing on the clock.
Late in the overtime period, Dylan Furnback made a big stop in cage to give the Mount possession. Near midfield, Aaron Weisel sent a long pass to a wide open DiPretoro in the offensive end. DiPretoro took a couple steps towards net and fired a lefty shot through the five-hole for the game winner.
Frankeny (4g, 2a) and DiPretoro (4g, 1a) led the way for the Mountaineers with a combined 11 points in the contest. Frankeny tallied three of his four scores in the fourth quarter, including the clutch game-tying goal in the final seconds. Jack Mangan (1g, 1a) and Matt Haggerty (1g, 1a) both added a pair of points, and Sam Stephan went 18-of-27 on face-offs while picking up 14 ground balls, marking his second-highest total of the season.
Goals: DiPretoro (14), Frankeny (10), Bethke (9)
Assists: J. McMahon (6), DiPretoro (4), Mangan (4)
Points: DiPretoro (18), Bethke (12), J. McMahon (12), Frankeny (12)
Ground balls: Stephan (54), Furnback (23), McIntosh (19)
Caused turnovers: McIntosh (14), Mangan (10), Pirozzi (5)
Face-offs: Stephan (79-142), Raum (3-4)
Save pct.: Furnback (.507)
DIPRETORO REACHES 100
Senior attackman Chris DiPretoro netted the 100th goal of his collegiate career early in the first quarter in the team's big win over #14 Richmond on Tuesday. DiPretoro became the 13th player in program history to reach the 100-goal milestone. Matt Warner (2003-06) is the Mount's all-time leader in career goals with 138.
STEPHAN MAKING HIS MARK
Sam Stephan, who posted the second-best face-off win percentage (.557) among all rookies in Division I last season, has carried his strong play into his sophomore campaign. The Millstone, New Jersey native has registered a .500 or better win percentage in three of the last four contests, and ranks second in the NEC with 9.00 ground balls per game. Stephan's 21 face-off wins and 18 ground balls against UMBC on February 23 were both second-most in a game in program history.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore goalie Dylan Furnback was named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. Furnback made a combined 28 saves in contests against #20 Georgetown and VMI last past week to earn the honor. After earning the award, Furnback put up another big time performance against #14 Richmond, stopping 14 shots to record his second straight victory.
The Mount heads to #17 Johns Hopkins for a matchup on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.com.