MOUNT ST. MARY'S (10-6, 5-2 NEC) at BRYANT (11-5, 6-1 NEC)
Thursday, May 3 | 1 p.m.
Smithfield, R.I. | Bryant Track & Turf Complex
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SETTING THE SCENE
- No. 4 seed Mount St. Mary's and top-seeded Bryant will battle in a Northeast Conference (NEC) Semifinal matchup this Thursday, May 3 at the Bryant Track & Turf Complex in Smithfield, R.I. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m., and action will be streamed live in NECFrontRow.com. The winner of the contest will advance to the NEC Championship game, which will take place on May 5 at 1 p.m.
- With a victory over Central Connecticut this past Friday, Mount St. Mary's clinched its first berth to the NEC Tournament since the 2015 campaign. The Mount's 10 wins are the most for the program since the 2007 season.
- Mount St. Mary's is 8-14 all-time in the NEC Tournament since joining the league in 1998. The team's last playoff win was a 7-4 triumph over Sacred Heart back in 2012.
- The Mount's two NEC Championships in program history came in back-to-back years in 2004 and 2005. The Mountaineers topped Monmouth in the Championship game on both occasions, and went on to defeat Manhattan in the NCAA Play-In Game both years as well.
- The Mount and Bryant are set to meet for the 10th time in series history with the Bulldogs holding a slight 5-4 advantage. Saturday's matchup will be the first time the teams have faced off in the playoffs. The Mount is 2-2 all-time in Smithfield, with its last win on the Bulldogs' home field coming in 2015.
- In the regular season finale, Mount St. Mary's held Bryant scoreless over the final 37-plus minutes of play, as the Mountaineers came from behind and posted a 12-6 victory on Senior Day on Sunday. The Mount defense held the Bulldogs to just seven shots in the second half, and Jillian Petito made 14 saves in the tilt while registering a .700 save percentage to collect the victory in goal. On the offensive end, Emily Davis led all scorers with five points (4g, 1a), while Kate Kinsella (3g, 1a) and Beanie Colson (2g, 1a) also chipped in with big days to help pace the Mountaineers.
PETITO'S BIG SEASON
- Junior goalie Jillian Petito currently ranks second in the nation in save percentage (.561), third in goals against average (8.51), and seventh in saves per game (11.00). The net minder leads all qualifying NEC goalies in all three categories.
- Petito has made double-digit saves in 10 contests on the year, and has posted a .500 save percentage or better in 12 of 16 games. The Ocean City, Md. native registered the Mount's third shutout in a program history back in late February in a 16-0 win at Presbyterian.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
- The Mountaineers' offense has been very balanced all year long, as they are the only team in the conference with six different players with 20-plus goals and 30-plus points. Wagner is the next closest team to the Mount, as the Seahawks have six players with 20-plus goals but only five with 30-plus points.
- Sophomore attacker Carly Miller leads the squad in both points (44) and assists (18), while junior attacker Taylor Carhart is the team's leader in goals (31).
- Carhart netted a career-high six goals this past Friday in the Mount's playoff-clinching victory over Central Connecticut. The six tallies were the most by a Mountaineer this season.
- Durings its four-game winning streak to close out the regular season, the Mount has surrendered double-digit goals on just one occasion (18-10 win over LIU on April 22).
- In the contest vs. CCSU this past Friday, the Mount defense held the Blue Devils scoreless for a 38-plus minute stretch, and the unit followed it up on Sunday by holding Bryant scoreless for the final 37-plus minutes of the contest.
- The Mount's defensive unit currently ranks fourth in the nation, yielding just 8.62 goals per game.
- The freshmen duo of Beanie Colson and Alayna Pagnotta have provided a spark for the Mount's offense in 2018. Both rookies rank among the top-six on the team in all three scoring categories this season.
- Colson also leads all Mountaineers with 68 draw controls on the year, as she is tied with Jannel Daufenbach for second-most draw controls in a single season in program history. Daufenbach set her mark of 68 during the 2017 campaign.
- Colson needs just two more draw controls this year to tie the program mark for most in a single season (70), which was set by Sarah Schaffner in 1998.
- Pagnotta led all players on the Mount during conference play with 17 goals and 19 points. The Woodbine, Md. native notched multi-goal performances in five of seven league tilts, including a career-high five goals in the playoff-clinching win over CCSU on Friday.