NO. 1 MOUNT ST. MARY'S (9-6, 5-1 NEC) vs. NO. 4 ROBERT MORRIS (7-7, 4-2 NEC)
Thursday, May 2 | 5:30 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Maryland | Waldron Family Stadium
SETTING THE SCENE
The top-seeded Mount St. Mary's men's lacrosse team will host No. 4 seed Robert Morris in the Northeast Conference (NEC) Semifinals this Thursday, May 2 at Waldron Family Stadium at 5:30 p.m. The winner will advance to the NEC Championship game on May 4 at 4 p.m.
Tickets will be available the day of the game at the front gate of Waldron Family Stadium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for those under 18 and senior citizens. All NEC students with an institutional I.D. will be admitted free of charge.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Mount is 5-7 all-time against Robert Morris and owns a 2-3 mark vs. the Colonials in Emmitsburg. The teams have met just one previous time in the NEC Playoffs, a 2012 semifinal matchup that resulted in a 16-15 overtime victory for the Mountaineers.
In the regular season tilt between the Mount and Robert Morris in late March, the Mountaineers erased a three-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to come from behind and knock off the reigning NEC Champs by a 14-11 margin on the Colonials' home field. Chris DiPretoro (3g), Brendan Doyle (2g, 1a) and Jared McMahon (2g, 1a) led the Mountaineers on the day with three points apiece. 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.
MOUNT PLAYOFF HISTORY
Mount St. Mary's will be making its fourth trip to the Northeast Conference Tournament since the league's first official season of men's lacrosse in 2011. The Mountaineers, who own a 3-2 record in the NEC Playoffs, will be looking to capture their second-ever NEC Tournament Championship. The team's lone title came during the 2011 campaign, when they hosted the NEC Playoffs for the first and only time prior to this season.
The Mountaineers' last playoff appearance came in 2015, when they fell to Saint Joseph's, 10-4, in a semifinal matchup. Their last victory in the postseason was a 2012 triumph over Robert Morris in the semifinals.
REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS
With a victory over Saint Joseph's in the regular season finale and a loss by Hobart at Robert Morris, Mount St. Mary's clinched the NEC Regular Season Championship and the top seed in the playoffs. The NEC Regular Season Title was the second for the Mountaineers in program history. They also accomplished the feat during the 2011 campaign, when they went on to claim the lone NEC Tournament Championship in program history.
The Mount closed out the regular season at 9-6 overall and 5-1 in conference play. The 9-6 mark matches the team's best record since the 2011 campaign, while the five wins in NEC action are the most-ever for the Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers have faced four nationally-ranked teams on the year in Towson, Georgetown, Richmond and Johns Hopkins. They picked up their sixth all-time win against a ranked opponent in the 12-11 overtime triumph at then-#14 Richmond back in early March.
STEPPING UP ON DEFENSE
Mount St. Mary's is yielding 10.20 goals per game, which is the best in the NEC and ranks 20th in the nation this season. The Mountaineers have allowed single-digit goals in three straight contests, including a season-low six goals against in the team's 7-6 victory against Saint Joseph's, which clinched the NEC Regular Season Title for the Mount.
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 34 goals and 40 points on the year. DiPretoro has pushed his career goal total to 122, which is seventh-most in program history. The Owings, Maryland native has tallied multiple goals in 10 of the last 13 contests, and ranks eighth in the NEC in goals per game (2.27).
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Goalie Dylan Furnback has been a big part of the team's success as he's posted double-digit saves in 10 of 15 games on the year, including a career-high 20 stops against SJU last time out, which earned him his third NEC Defensive Player of the Week honor.
MANGAN SELECTED BY ATLANTA BLAZE OF MLL
Jack Mangan was selected by the Atlanta Blaze of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) in last Friday's Rookie Selection. Any collegiate player who was not drafted in the 2019 MLL Collegiate Draft on March 9 by the current six teams was available in the Rookie Selection. Mangan joined TJ Comizio of Villanova, Jacob Stover of Loyola and Alex Woodall of Towson as selections by Atlanta.
Midfielder Jack Mangan has 73 caused turnovers in his career, which is the most-ever by a Mountaineer since it became an official stat. Mangan is also seventh in program history with 204 ground balls. The Bayville, New York native currently ranks second on the team in both caused turnovers (22) and ground balls (58) this season.
SCOUTING ROBERT MORRIS
The Colonials, who were crowned NEC Tournament Champions last season, rounded out the 2019 regular season slate with six straight victories, including a big comeback overtime win vs. Hobart in the finale, to secure the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. RMU has three players ranked among the top-10 in the league in points per game, led by Tyson Gibson and Ryan Smith, who are both averaging 3.85 points per contest. Goalie Alex Heger owns a .482 save percentage and 13.62 goals against average in 14 starts.