MOUNT ST. MARY'S (6-5, 3-0 NEC) at UTAH (4-7)
Saturday, April 6 | 2:00 p.m. ET
Salt Lake City, Utah | McCarthey Stadium – Judge Memorial HS
Mount St. Mary's downed Sacred Heart by a 14-10 margin on Saturday at Waldron Family Stadium to remain unbeaten in Northeast Conference (NEC) play this season. Goalie Dylan Furnback came up big all day for the Mountaineers as he made a season-high 17 saves to help propel the Mount to victory. Furnback stopped 11 shots in the first half of play, as he and the Mount defense held SHU to just a pair of goals in the opening two quarters. The sophomore net minder added six more saves in the second half to cap off his season-best 17-save performance. On the offensive end, Luke Frankeny tallied a game-high five points on three goals and two helpers, while Brendan Doyle, Chris DiPretoro and Brenden McCarthy all finished with four points on three goals and one assist apiece. Joe Bethke notched one goal and one assist, and rookie Justin Weick netted his first collegiate goal to round out the scoring for the Mountaineers.
Goals: DiPretoro (25), Frankeny (20), Bethke (15)
Assists: Bethke (8), J. McMahon (7), Mangan (6), DiPretoro (6)
Points: DiPretoro (31), Frankeny (25), Bethke (23)
Ground balls: Stephan (82), Mangan (35), McIntosh (35)
Caused turnovers: McIntosh (21), Mangan (17), Davies (10)
Face-offs: Stephan (127-242), Raum (7-19)
Save pct.: Furnback (.527)
Since joining the NEC in 2011, this season marks just the second time the Mountaineers have opened league play with a 3-0 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.
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 25 goals and 31 points on the year. DiPretoro has pushed his career goal total to 113, which is ninth-most in program history. The Owings, Maryland native has tallied multiple goals in seven of the last eight contests to move up to eighth in the NEC with 2.27 goals per game.
STEPPING UP ON DEFENSE
Mount St. Mary's is yielding 10.27 goals per game, good for second-best in the NEC this season. Goalie Dylan Furnback has been a big part of the team's success as he's posted double-digit saves in seven of 11 games on the year, and has claimed a pair of NEC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
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 eighth in program history with 181 ground balls. The Bayville, New York native currently ranks second on the team in both caused turnovers (17) and ground balls (35) this season.
In its first-ever season, Utah sits at 4-7 overall with victories over Mercer (13-9), Air Force (6-5), Furman (8-7) and Bellarmine (10-9). The Utes enter Saturday's matchup having lost their last four contests, including a 17-6 defeat to No. 7 Virginia last time out. Josh Stout (31g, 3a) and James Sexton (12g, 11a) lead the team's offense, while Liam Donnelly has posted a .523 save percentage and 12.71 goals against average in goal.
The Mount resumes NEC play with a matchup at Wagner on April 13 at 1 p.m.