MOUNT ST. MARY'S (4-5, 1-0 NEC) at ROBERT MORRIS (1-6, 0-1 NEC)
Saturday, March 23 | 3:00 p.m.
Moon Township, Pennsylvania | Joe Walton Stadium
Mount St. Mary's used a strong defensive effort paired with some timely scoring to knock off Bryant, 10-7, in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams on Saturday at Waldron Family Stadium. Defensemen Joshua Davies and Bryan McIntosh combined for five caused turnovers and five ground balls in the contest to lead the Mount's defensive unit, which has now held opponents to single-digit goals in three of the last five games. Sophomore goalie Dylan Furnback made 10 saves in the cage and posted a .588 save percentage to collect his fourth win of the season. On the offensive end, Luke Frankeny (2g, 1a) and Joe Bethke (1g, 2a) registered a team-high three points apiece, while Chris DiPretoro and face-off specialist Sam Stephan both added a pair of goals.
Goals: DiPretoro (19), Frankeny (15), Bethke (12)
Assists: Bethke (7), DiPretoro (5), J. McMahon (5)
Points: DiPretoro (24), Bethke (19), Frankeny (18)
Ground balls: Stephan (65), McIntosh (29), Mangan (29)
Caused turnovers: McIntosh (17), Mangan (16), Davies (8)
Face-offs: Stephan (101-200), Raum (3-5)
Save pct.: Furnback (.526)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mount St. Mary's men's lacrosse junior Joshua Davies was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. It marked the third straight week a Mount player earned the award, as Davies followed up back-to-back honors by goalie Dylan Furnback. Davies combined for six caused turnovers and three ground balls in contests against #17 Johns Hopkins and Bryant over the week. The defenseman caused three turnovers while also adding his first career assist in Tuesday's contest at 17th-ranked Johns Hopkins, and followed it up by helping lead the Mountaineers to a victory over Bryant in the NEC opener on Saturday, registering three caused turnovers and a pair of ground balls in the team's 10-7 win. Tasked with taking on the opposing team's top scorer throughout the season, Davies leads a defensive unit which has now held opponents to single-digit goals in three of the last five games.
SCOUTING ROBERT MORRIS
The Colonials are coming off a Northeast Conference Championship last season, but have struggled to a 1-6 overall record and 0-1 mark in NEC play to begin 2019. They dropped the conference opener at Sacred Heart by an 18-16 margin this past Saturday. Tyson Gibson leads RMU with 29 points and 13 assists on the year, while Corson Kealey has scored a team-high 19 goals. In goal, Alex Heger owns a .428 save percentage and 16.02 goals against average in seven starts.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Colonials own a 7-4 advantage all-time against the Mount after winning each of the last six meetings. The Mount's last victory over RMU came in the Northeast Conference Semifinals back in 2012. In the matchup between the two teams last season, the Colonials posted a 15-5 win in Emmitsburg behind five points (3g, 2a) from Matt Schmidt and a 19-save performance by Heger. Chris DiPretoro led the Mountaineers with three goals in the tilt.
Mount St. Mary's closes out the month of March with a home game against Sacred Heart on Saturday, March 30 at 12 p.m.