Mount Women’s Lacrosse Hosts Manhattan in 2018 Season Opener

Mount Women’s Lacrosse Hosts Manhattan in 2018 Season Opener

MOUNT ST. MARY'S vs MANHATTAN
Saturday, February 17 | 12 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Md. | Waldron Family Stadium
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ABOUT THE MOUNT
The Mountaineers just missed out on a Northeast Conference playoff berth a season ago, finishing at 4-11 overall and 3-4 in NEC play. The Mount's three conference wins came against Saint Francis U (12-9), LIU Brooklyn (12-10) and Sacred Heart (12-10).

Mount St. Mary's graduated its top-two scorers from a season ago (Sammie Knapp and Kelly Maloney), but does return its next six top-scorers, including sophomores Kate Kinsella (19g, 7a) and Carly Miller (15g, 11a), who tied for third on the squad with 26 points last year. The Mount also brings back two of its key defensive players from 2017 in defender Emily Dees and goalie Jillian Petito, who both earned Second Team All-NEC honors. Dees finished the 2017 campaign with career highs in draw controls (25), ground balls (23) and caused turnovers (13), ranking top-three on the team in all three categories. Petito led all goalies in the NEC with a .537 save percentage in conference games, and also ranked second in the league in saves per game (9.13).

TEAM CAPTAINS
Senior Emily Dees along with juniors Jillian Petito, Marley Heller and Taylor Carhart were named team captains for the 2018 Mountaineers. Click here to read more on this season's four captains.

FRESH FACES
Head Coach Lauren Schwarzmann, in her fourth season at the helm of the Mountaineers, brought in 10 freshmen to help bolster this year's squad, including five attackers, three middies, one defender, and one goalie.

PRESEASON POLL
The Mount was picked to finish fourth in this year's Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. Bryant was the unanimous pick to repeat in 2018, receiving all seven possible first-place votes. Click here to read more on the poll.

SCOUTING MANHATTAN
The Jaspers finished the 2017 campaign at 5-11 overall and 2-6 in MAAC Conference play. Manhattan averaged 9.44 goals per contest last season, led by Molly Fitzpatrick (34g, 19a), who returns for her junior campaign this year. Sarah Lang (26g, 15a), who ranked third on the team in points in 2017, also returns for her senior season. Junior goalie Nikki Prestiano started all 16 games last season, posting a .469 save percentage and 11.67 goals against average.

INSIDE THE SERIES
The Mount owns a perfect 11-0 record in the all-time series against Manhattan, including a 6-0 mark in Emmitsburg. The two teams most recently met in 2016, when the Mountaineers pulled out an 8-7 victory in overtime at Waldron Family Stadium. Nicole Lantuh tallied five points on three goals and a pair of assists to pace the Mount in the contest.

LOOKING AHEAD
Mount St. Mary's continues its home stand this Wednesday (Feb. 21) against UMBC at 3 p.m.