Women's Lacrosse Hosts Quinnipiac To Start Final Homestand Of The Year On Thursday

Women's Lacrosse Hosts Quinnipiac To Start Final Homestand Of The Year On Thursday

GAME 16: Quinnipiac (9-4, 6-1 NEC) at Mount St. Mary's (6-9, 5-2 NEC)
WHEN: Thu, Apr. 20, 2011, 4 p.m.
WHERE: Waldron Family Stadium, Emmitsburg, Md.

LAST MEETING: Quinnipiac (13-5) 4-3-10
FIRST MEETING: Mount (20-6) 3-29-98
LAST MOUNT WIN: (13-8) 4-27-07

opening draw... Thursday's match between Quinnipiac and Mount St. Mary's marks the 17th meeting in the all-time series dating to the 1998 season. The Mount leads the series 9-7, but the Bobcats have won the last five meetings including a 13-5 decision last season. The Mountaineers last win in the series was a 13-8 decision in the NEC Semifinals in 2007. Four of the last five matchups have come on the road.

the word about the bobcats... Quinnipiac comes into the contest 9-4 overall and 6-1 in Northeast Conference play after defeating Long Island 21-7 on Sunday. Junior M Marissa Caroleo leads the team with 41 goals and five assists for 46 points. Senior M Lauren Matuszczak ranks second on the squad with 23 tallies and 14 assists for 37 points while junior M Devon Gibney has 26 goals and eight assists for 34 points. Senior Senior D Kaitlyn Kelly leads the defense with 29 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers. Junior GK Noelle Martello has 117 saves, a 10.35 goals against average and a .494 save percentage.

last time we met... Quinnipiac defeated Mount St. Mary's 13-5 on Apr. 3, 2010. Ashley Johnson, Esther Rufolo Allie Fife, Jordan Certeza and Emily Kirby each recorded a goal for the Mount in the loss. Katie Latonick paced the Bobcats with one tally and five assists. Lianne Toomey and Devon Gibney each added two goals and an assist while Lyndsey Banach, Chelsea Guerrera and Laura Iannotti recorded two tallies apiece in the winning effort.

last time out... Jen Semler posted three goals and an assist in the second half to help Mount St. Mary's rally from a halftime deficit and earn a 16-8 victory against Saint Francis (Pa) on Sunday. The junior tallied three goals and three assists on the afternoon. Esther Rufolo posted four goals and one assist along with helping Mount St. Mary's hold a 22-3 advantage on draw controls by grabbing a career-high eight draws on the afternoon. Alexis Salerno added two goals and two assists, and Nicole Price found the twine three times while Brigid McTavish made six saves and Sarah Jane Leder had five stops in the final 11 minutes in the winning effort.

next on tap... The Mount closes out the regular season at home against Sacred Heart on Saturday. The Mountaineers will honor seniors Aly Jost, Lucy Pompa, Nicole Price and Alexis Salerno prior to the match against the Pioneers.

the hunt for april... The Mount remains in the hunt for its ninth-straight Northeast Conference Tournament appearance and 13th in the last 14 years. The Mountaineers must win at least one of its remaining two games to stay in postseason consideration. The squad also needs either a Sacred Heart loss or Monmouth to fall to both Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac to go along with the Mountaineers' victory in order to clinch a berth.

mctavish honored by the conference... Brigid McTavish was named the Northeast Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Mar. 28-Apr. 3. It is the second time in her career that she has earned the honor. McTavish anchored a suffocating Mount St. Mary's defense last week, allowing just nine goals in a pair of league wins.  She posted a 4.77 goals against average and .591 save percentage as the first place Mountaineers improved to 4-0 against NEC competition. McTavish turned away eight shots in a 10-6 win against Long Island on Friday and six more in a 13-4 victory over Wagner on Sunday. She also scooped up three ground balls against the Seahawks. 

semler receives national honor roll... Jen Semler was named to the Synapse Sports Honor Roll for the week of Mar. 29-Apr. 4.  It marks the fifth time in program history a Mount player has received recognition from the website formerly known as womenslacrosse.com. Semler posted seven goals and two assists for nine points in the week to help the Mount win a pair of Northeast Conference (NEC) games. The junior posted a hat trick in a 10-6 win against Long Island on Friday and four goals and two assists for a career-high six points in a 13-4 win against Wagner on Sunday. Semler converted a free-position attempt at 37:56 to give the Mountaineers the lead for good against the Blackbirds while also finding the twine at 44:38 and 55:50. In the second half against the Seahawks, the junior had a hand in the Mount's first four goals in the second half after scoring the first two markers in the stanza at 34:35 and 38:08 before handing out an assist at 38:59 and capping a 4-0 run with her fourth goal of the afternoon at 53:11.

the natural way... Junior Jen Semler notched a natural hat trick in the second half against Bryant on Mar. 25. It was the first time a Mount player turned the trick since Ashley Johnson against George Washington last season. Semler notched a career-best four goals in the contest against the Bulldogs. The junior has posted 30 goals and nine assists for 39 points in her last 11 games.

first head coaching victory... With the 12-11 win against Longwood on Mar. 8, head coach B.J. Lucey picked up her first career win as a head coach. Lucey earned her second win and first league win with a 9-5 decision against Bryant on Mar. 25. Lucey is the fourth coach in program history to win the league opener with a 9-5 win against Bryant on Mar. 25.

collegiate firsts... Freshman Mary MacAdam posted her first collegiate goal against Johns Hopkins on Feb. 23 and finished with two tallies. Fellow freshman Lindsay Diaz notched her first collegiate score against Temple on Feb. 27 and also finished with two goals on the afternoon. Freshman Shelby Lyles registered her first collegiate goal against Robert Morris on Apr. 15 and Bridget McCann notched her collegiate tally against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Apr. 17.

the new class of scorers... Senior Nicole Price, junior Jen Semler and sophomore Kaitlyn Larrimore have combined for 67 goals and 18 assists for 85 points in 2011 after totally 16 goals and three assists for 19 points in their career coming into the season. Price ranks third on the team with 29 goals and seven assists for 36 points in her senior campaign. The senior took the year off last year to attend snowboarding school after tallying six goals and one assist for seven points in her first year with the team in 2009. Semler leads the team with 31 tallies and 10 assists for 41 points after posting four goals and one assist for five points in each of her first two seasons in Emmitsburg. Larrimore has seven markers and one assist for eight points. The sophomore had two goals in six games before an injury cut her season short after six games last year.

nice return... Senior Nicole Price returned to the women's lacrosse team after taking the 2010 season off to go to snowboarding school. Price scored the Mount's first two goals of the season against Navy on Feb. 9. Price recorded six goals and one assist in the 2009 season. In her freshman year, Price was a member of the Mount women's basketball team and appeared in six games with two points and one rebound.  The senior scored a career-high four goals against Longwood on Mar. 8 and ranks third on the team with 29 markers and seven assists for 36 points.

in the month... The Mount is 75-60 all-time in the month of April. The squad is 41-21 at home, but just 34-39 away from home.

the first in the nation... The Mount St. Mary's-Navy season opener was also the first game on the women's lacrosse slate for the 2011 season. The match started an hour before George Mason at UMBC and Notre Dame at California. Esther Rufolo won the opening draw to kick start the 2011 women's lacrosse season.

preseason poll... The Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse team has been picked fourth in the Northeast Conference (NEC) Preseason Coaches Poll. Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart finished tied for the top spot in the poll to share the honor of preseason favorite. The Bobcats picked up three first-place votes while the defending regular season and tournament champion Pioneers grabbed two first-place nods. Monmouth picked up the most first-place votes with five, but finished third in the poll while the Mount and Robert Morris were tied for fourth. Wagner, Bryant, Saint Francis (Pa.), Long Island and Central Connecticut State rounded out the 10-team poll.

aly is all defense... Senior Aly Jost has been named to the All-Northeast Conference first team in her first three campaigns and was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. The senior moved into the Top-10 for career ground balls with three ground balls against Long Island on Apr. 1 and now stands seventh with 165, 14 away from Lacey Morley (179, 1998-01). Jost recorded two caused turnovers against Robert Morris on Apr. 15 to move into the eighth with 80 caused miscues. Next on the list is Christina Fee (81, 1998-01). The senior has a career-high 38 draw controls this season and now has 73 for her career, needing five to break the Top-10 in that category.

pompa pumps up the jam... Senior Lucy Pompa is making her move in the all-time career draw controls list. The senior currently stands in fourth place with 113 draws, needing seven draws to pass former teammate Katelyn Catanese (119, 2006-09) for third place. Pompa ranked in the Top-4 in ground balls, caused turnovers and draw controls on the team in her sophomore and junior campaigns.

rufolo's a big draw... Junior Esther Rufolo posted the fourth-most draw controls in a single season with 47 draw controls last season. Rufolo currently sits in fifth place in program history with 111 career draws, next on the list is teammate Lucy Pompa (113) and former teammate Katelyn Catanese (119, 2006-09).

mctavish on the move in the net... Junior Brigid McTavish ranks fifth in program history for career saves with 362 stops. Next on the list is Jane Karger (412, 2005-08). She also ranks second in minutes played with 2632.51. Next up is the all-time leader Naomi Campano Radio (4342:50). The junior also sits third in wins with 19, one shy of Randi Paige (20, 1996-97).

about the coach... B.J. Lucey begins her first season as head coach at Mount St. Mary's in 2011. Lucey comes to the Mount after serving as an assistant coach her alma mater, Penn State, from 2006-10.  While at Penn State, she was involved in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, working with both the offense and defense, scouting and film breakdown. Lucey began her coaching career as an assistant coach at the College of New Jersey, helping lead the team to the Division III National Championship game in 2004.  She was an assistant coach at Temple for two seasons (2004-05), helping the Owls win the Atlantic 10 regular season title in 2005. A 2003 graduate of Penn State, Lucey was earned Regional All-American honors in 2000 and 2001 as a midfielder with the Nittany Lions.

local rivalry... Once again this season, the Mount schedule will have a local feel to it when the Mountaineers play four teams from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. The squad opened the season on Feb. 11 with its first-ever meeting against Navy before traveling to Johns Hopkins on Feb. 23. Mount St. Mary's also hosted UMBC on Mar. 19 and George Washington on Mar. 21.

conference honors... The Mount returns two players that received All-Northeast Conference recognition last season. Senior Aly Jost earned her third-straight All-NEC first-team selection in 2010 after being named the NEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. Junior Esther Rufolo earned a spot on the All-NEC second team in 2010 while senior Lucy Pompa was an All-NEC second-teamer in 2009.

the mount royal blood line... Junior goalkeeper Brigid McTavish is related to one of the best Mount St. Mary's men's basketball player in program history. McTavish's grandfather is the late Jack Sullivan, the Mount's men's basketball all-time leading scorer with 2,672 career points. Sullivan passed away in the fall of 2010.

the local crew... Mount St. Mary's has three players on its roster from Carroll County. Junior Meaghan Conlon (Eldersburg, Md.), junior Brigid McTavish (Mount Airy, Md.) and freshman Gabe Little (Hampstead, Md.) all hail from the neighboring country.

new to the mountain... Along with first-year head coach B.J. Lucey, freshmen Maggie Bathon, Annie Battista, Lindsay Diaz, Gabe Little, Shelby Lyles, Mary MacAdam, Bridget McGann, Lily O'Beirne and Aubrey Rubino join the team in 2011. Senior Nicole Price rejoins the squad after not playing last season.

home sweet home, emmitsburg... Mount St. Mary's is 79-55 at home in its 15 seasons. In the past five campaigns, the Mount is 47-23 in Emmitsburg, including 31-4 against league opponents in that stretch. The Mount moved into the Waldron Family Stadium in 2006 and the squad is 25-19 in its new home.

all-time mark... Mount St. Mary's is 137-136 all-time in 16 seasons, including 80-55 at home, 54-71 on the road and 3-9 at a neutral site. The Mount is also 62-27 in the Northeast Conference play. The squad also boasts a 14-0 mark in the MAAC after winning the league in 1997 and 1998.