Strong Defensive Effort Leads Mount St. Mary’s to 10-3 Win Over Saint Francis U in Conference Opener

Strong Defensive Effort Leads Mount St. Mary’s to 10-3 Win Over Saint Francis U in Conference Opener

Emmitsburg, Md. (April 6, 2018) – Mount St. Mary's University held Saint Francis U scoreless for over a 33-minute stretch spanning the first and second halves, as the Mount's strong defense led the team to a 10-3 victory in the Northeast Conference opener on Friday at Waldron Family Stadium.

Goalie Jillian Petito was a big part of the Mountaineer victory, stopping 13 of 16 shots on goal in the contest to collect her fifth straight double-digit save performance. Petito, who ranks top-five in the nation in both save percentage and goals against average, posted a .813 save percentage in the win over the Red Flash.

On the offensive end, rookie Beanie Colson led the way with a game-high four points on two goals and a pair of assists to go along with four draw controls. Alayna Pagnotta and Taylor Carhart netted two goals apiece, and Marley Heller added three assists in the tilt.

After a low-scoring opening to the contest that saw the teams tied 2-2 at the midway mark of the first half, the Mount got things going with five goals in the final 15:20.

Kate Kinsella and Carly Miller notched goals within a three-minute span of each other to put the Mount on top by a 4-2 margin. Carhart followed with back-to-back goals late in the frame to add to the lead, and Colson netted her second of the game with 2:08 on the clock to push the advantage to 7-2.

Saint Francis U was held off the board in the final 16-plus minutes of the half, as they headed into the break trailing by five.

Both goalies continued to pile up the saves early in the second frame until Pagnotta beat Ashley Stoessel for the half's first goal, making it 8-2 game.

Later in the half, an unforced turnover in the Mount's defensive end led to a breakaway opportunity for SFU's Sarah Mahon. The senior was able to put one in the back of the cage to end a 33-plus minute scoring drought for the Red Flash and cut the Mount lead to 8-3 with 12:19 remaining.

That was all SFU would muster on the offensive end, as the Mount held the Red Flash scoreless for the remainder of the contest while adding a pair of late insurance tallies to close out the 10-3 victory. Nicole Voci's insurance goal at the 4:47 mark was highlight-reel material, as the rookie received a pass in front of goal from Colson and wrapped a shot around her back to beat Stoessel for the goal.

With the win, the Mount remained undefeated against SFU, improving to 16-0 all-time vs. the Red Flash

The Mountaineers now sit at 6-4 overall on the season and 1-0 in NEC play, while SFU dropped to 4-7 overall and 0-1 in conference.

Jessica Mazzur notched a goal and one assist to lead SFU, and Morgan Day and Sarah Mahon registered the team's other tallies. Stoessel made 14 saves between the pipes for the Red Flash.

The Mount continues NEC play this Sunday, April 8 at Robert Morris. Opening draw from Moon Township, Pa. is set for noon.