MOUNT ST. MARY'S (12-2, 4-0 NEC) at BRYANT (7-6, 3-1 NEC)
Saturday, April 20 | 3:00 p.m.
Smithfield, Rhode Island | Beirne Stadium
Mount St. Mary's rolled to a 16-5 victory at Central Connecticut State on Thursday to remain perfect in conference play. The win was the ninth straight for the Mountaineers, which marks the team's longest win streak since the 2004 season when they won 10 consecutive.
The Mountaineers improved to 12-2 overall and 4-0 in conference play with the win to remain atop the league standings. The 12-2 mark is the team's best-ever record through 14 games, and the 12 wins for the Mountaineers are tied for the third-most in a season in program history.
Jordan Butler led the way once again for the Mount with a game-high five points on four goals and one assist. Kate Kinsella notched four points on two goals and a pair of assists, and Jordan Groover registered three goals to help fuel the offense. Zoe Hurlburt (2g), Beanie Colson (1g, 1a) and Emily Davis (1g, 1a) also finished with multi-point games.
Goals: Butler (39), Colson (22), Hurlburt (22)
Assists: Miller (18), Butler (12), Groover (8)
Points: Butler (51), Miller (35), Groover (27)
Ground balls: Petito (41), Davis (33), Colson (20), Groover (20)
Draw controls: Davis (56), Groover (51), Colson (35)
Caused turnovers: Davis (20), Colson (11), Petito (9)
Save pct: Petito (.563)
With a win at CCSU on Thursday, the Mount improved to 12-2 overall on the year, which marks the team's best record through 14 games in program history. The Mountaineers are looking to break the program record for most wins in a season, which was set during the 2004 campaign when they claimed 15 victories.
The Mountaineers hit their stride to close out non-conference play, defeating Radford, George Washington, Longwood, Campbell and UC Davis in five consecutive games. They have opened NEC play with wins over Saint Francis U, Robert Morris, Wagner and CCSU to make it nine straight victories. The win streak is the longest for the Mountaineers since 2004 when they won 10 straight.
The Mount's balanced attack boasts eight players with 20 or more points on the year. Jordan Butler leads the squad with 39 goals and 51 points on the year, while Carly Miller is the team's leader in assists (18) and ranks second in points (35).
PROTECTING THE CAGE
Goalie Jillian Petito, who led the nation in save percentage last season, has carried her strong play into her senior campaign. The Ocean City, Maryland native currently ranks second in the country in save percentage (.563) and fourth in goals against average (7.19). Petito has held opponents to single-digit goals in 11 of 14 games this season.
DOING IT ALL
Emily Davis continues to do it all for the Mountaineers on both ends of the field, as the senior leads the Mount in draw controls (56) and caused turnovers (20) while also ranking top-five on the team in goals (19), assists (5) and ground balls (33). Davis has secured four or more draw controls in each of the last five games, and has a combined 15 ground balls in the last four contests.
100TH CAREER DRAW
Sophomore Beanie Colson recorded her 100th career draw control in last Friday's victory over Saint Francis U, as she became just the 14th player in program history to reach the 100 draw control plateau. Colson tied the single-season program record as a rookie last year with 70 draw controls, and has followed it up with 35 more thus far this season.
The Bulldogs sit at 7-6 overall and 3-1 in conference play after suffering their first league loss of the season on Thursday against Wagner. Caitlin Breglia (23g, 31a) and Jess DeMeo (43g, 2a) rank second and third, respectively, in the conference in points per game. Breglia is the league-leader in assists, and DeMeo tops the conference in goals on the year. Goalie Giana Kapoosuzian has posted a .463 save percentage and 13.20 goals against average in 12 starts.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Bulldogs own a slight 6-4 advantage in the series against the Mountaineers after the two teams split a pair of matchups last season. In the regular season finale last year, 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. The teams then met in the NEC Semifinal round just four days later in Smithfield. The Mount nearly erased a late four-goal deficit in that matchup, but top-seeded Bryant held on for the 9-8 victory to advance to the NEC Championship.
The Mount returns home for the final two games of the regular season against Sacred Heart (April 26) and LIU Brooklyn (April 28).