MOUNT ST. MARY'S (5-5, 2-0 NEC) vs. SACRED HEART (5-4, 1-1 NEC)
Saturday, March 30 | 12:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Maryland | Waldron Family Stadium
On Saturday, Mount St. Mary's will be hosting a tailgate to help raise money for "Paul's Wall," a lacrosse throwing wall to be dedicated in memory of Mount St. Mary's Alum and former men's Lacrosse player, Paul Dettor '88. To read more on Paul and his legacy, please click here. To make a gift in memory of Paul, please click here.
Mount St. Mary's erased a three-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to come from behind and knock off reigning Northeast Conference (NEC) Champion Robert Morris by a 14-11 margin on Saturday at Joe Walton Stadium. The win pushed the Mountaineers to 5-5 overall this season and a perfect 2-0 in league play, as they sit in a tie atop the conference standings.
Chris DiPretoro (3g), Brendan Doyle (2g, 1a) and Jared McMahon (2g, 1a) led the Mountaineers on the day with three points apiece. Joe Bethke (2g), Luke Frankeny (2g), Matt Haggerty (1g, 1a), Jake Krieger (1g, 1a) and Jack Mangan (2a) all tallied two points, as the Mountaineers had eight players finish with multi-point efforts. Face-off specialist Sam Stephan had one of his best games of the season, winning 17-of-27 face-offs while picking up 11 ground balls. In goal, Dylan Furnback stopped nine shots to earn his fifth victory of the season.
Goals: DiPretoro (22), Frankeny (17), Bethke (14)
Assists: Bethke (7), J. McMahon (7), Mangan (6)
Points: DiPretoro (27), Bethke (21), Frankeny (20)
Ground balls: Stephan (76), Mangan (32), McIntosh (32)
Caused turnovers: McIntosh (19), Mangan (17), Davies (9)
Face-offs: Stephan (118-227), Raum (4-7)
Save pct.: Furnback (.514)
RISING IN THE RANKS
Senior attackman Chris DiPretoro, who became the 13th player in Mount program history to reach 100 career goals earlier in the season, currently leads the squad with 22 goals and 27 points on the year. DiPretoro has pushed his career goal total to 110 since, which is 10th-most in program history. The Owings, Maryland native has tallied multiple goals in six of the last seven contests to move up to eighth in the NEC with 2.20 goals per game.
Junior midfielder Jack Mangan has 68 caused turnovers in his career, which is the most-ever by a Mountaineer since it became an official stat. Mangan is also tied for eighth in program history with 178 ground balls. The Bayville, New York native currently ranks second on the team in both caused turnovers (17) and ground balls (32) this season.
Since joining the NEC in 2011, this season marks just the second time the Mountaineers have opened league play with a 2-0 record. The only other time came during the team's first season as members of the conference in 2011, when they opened the NEC slate with four straight wins and went on to the claim the NEC Tournament Championship.
SCOUTING SACRED HEART
The Pioneers are off to a 5-4 overall start with a 1-1 record in NEC play. They topped Robert Morris, 18-16, in the league opener, before falling to Hobart, 10-9, last time out. SHU's offense is led by Joe Saggese and Max Tuttle, who each rank top-four in the conference in points per game. Saggese (26g, 20a) tops the league in the department, as his 5.11 points per contest also rank ninth in the nation. Tuttle, the reigning NEC Player of the Year, has 25 goals and 10 assists through nine games. In goal, Brooks Dutton owns a .477 save percentage and a 12.92 goals against average.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Saturday's contest will mark the 13th all-time meeting between the Mount and Sacred Heart. The Mountaineers own an 8-4 advantage in the series, including a 4-2 mark in Emmitsburg.
In last season's meeting, Chris DiPretoro netted a career-high seven goals, including six in the second half of play, but Logan Liljeberg's tally with just 56 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner as Sacred Heart escaped with a 10-9 victory. DiPretoro's seven goals were tied for third-most in a single game in program history, and were the most by a Mountaineer since Cody Lehrer's seven-goal performance against 10th-ranked Lafayette in 2010. Goalie Dylan Furnback, who earned his first collegiate start in the tilt, made 19 saves against the Pioneers.
The Mountaineers head out West to face first-year program Utah on Saturday, April 6 at 12 p.m., which will close out the Mount's non-conference slate.