The game has been pushed back to an 8 p.m. start due to forecasted thunderstorms in the area.
ABOUT THE MOUNT
The Mountaineers finished last season at 5-12-1 overall, claiming victories over American (2-1 OT), VMI (2-1), Temple (2-0), Hampton (7-0) and Fairleigh Dickinson (2-1) along the way. As a team, the Mount averaged 1.17 goals per game, led by the trio of Jenna West, Jaylyn Chandler and Gianna Pomykacz, who combined for 11 goals and seven assists on the year. On the defensive end, Mount St. Mary's held opponents to 1.74 goals per contest, marking a 0.73 goals against average improvement over the previous season.
Seniors Chloe Cain and Kristen Morawski, along with junior Gianna Pomykacz, were named team captains by Head Coach Joe Nemzer prior to the season. Pomykacz and Cain were two of the Mount's biggest threats on the offensive end a season ago, both finishing among the top-four on the team in goals and points. Morawski helped anchor the team's defensive unit in 2016 and also registered three points on the year.
2016 TEAM LEADERS
Goals: Jaylyn Chandler (4), Jenna West (4), Gianna Pomykacz (3)
Assists: West (3), Chandler (2), Shayna Macfarlane (2)
Points: West (11), Chandler (10), Pomykacz (8)
Shots: West (26), Chandler (21), Macfarlane (21)
Save pct: Sydni Surowiec (.833), Maddy Bunnell (.746)
Second-year Head Coach Joe Nemzer added a total of 12 newcomers to this year's squad, including nine freshmen and three transfers. Rookies Rachel Atherley (Middletown, N.J.), Amanda Britain (Wolverine Lake, Mich.), Maria Buonomo (Bucks County, Pa.), Sarah Kajdasz (Commerce, Mich.), Hannah Logue (Fairfield, Pa.), Jasmine McCree (Ellicott City, Md.), Ketoura Ngwa (Florissant, N.J.), Natalie Page (Raleigh, N.C.), and Yasmin Whitelocke (Boca Raton, Fla.) join transfers Kayla Hughes (Hershey, Pa. / Villanova), Maggie Barron (Centreville, Va. / Rutgers) and Charlotte Elrod (West Chester, Pa. / Slippery Rock) for their first seasons with the Mount.
The Greyhounds closed out the 2016 campaign at 7-5-4 overall and 3-3-3 in Patriot League play, but missed out on their conference playoffs. Jourdan Ziff, who returns for her junior season, led the squad with nine points on four goals and one assist a season ago. Sumer Rahe returns in goal for the Greyhounds following a .711 save percentage and 1.21 goals against average in 2016.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
The Mountaineers are looking for their first win over Loyola as the Greyhounds own a 9-0 all-time advantage, including a 4-0 mark on their home field. Loyola posted a 3-1 win in Emmitsburg in the matchup between the two teams last season.
The Mount hosts UMBC in the home opener on Sunday, August 20 at 4 p.m. There will be free food for all Mount St. Mary's students at the Warner Pavilion at the stadium, and the first 250 students will receive free Mount sunglasses.