April 23, 2011

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Mount St. Mary's Clinches First-Ever NEC Regular Season Title

from press release

EMMITSBURG, Md. -- Mount St. Mary's defeated Wagner, 22-5, to clinch the Northeast Conference regular season title on Saturday afternoon in men's lacrosse action at Waldron Family Stadium on campus.    

Senior face-off specialist Ben Trapp went 21-for-21 (1.000) on face offs in the game to tie for the second-best single-game mark in NCAA history.  Zach Smith (Sacred Heart) holds the record by winning all 25 of his face-offs against Hartford on April 25, 2007 while Alex Smith of Delaware was 21-for-21 on face-offs against Wagner on February 28, 2006.

Brett Schmidt and Mike Adkins each scored four goals to pace the Mount offense, which had nine players record multiple-point games.

Cody Lehrer had three goals and two assists while Andrew Scalley added two goals and three assists in the win.  Bryant Schmidt and Brooks Bradley posted two goals each with Mark Stapor and Bryan Kane each adding a goal and an assist in the win.  Eric Ososki had three assists as well for the Mount.

Daniel Stranix, Anthony Golden and Kyle Yates each chipped in a goal in the victory while T.C. DiBartolo made six saves while allowing two goals in the first half.  Trapp added a game-high 14 ground balls in the win.

Mount St. Mary's rattled off a string of 11 consecutive goals spanning the end of the first half and beginning of the second half to seal the victory, taking a commanding 16-2 lead with 4:11 left in the third quarter.

Mount St. Mary's outshot the Seahawks 51-25 in the game and held a 40-19 edge in ground balls.

Wagner's Colin O'Rourke had two goals and an assist in the loss.

The Mount win coupled with the Robert Morris 16-15 win at Bryant clinched the regular season title.  The Mount is 4-0 in league, one game ahead of Quinnipiac (3-1) with one game left in the regular season.

The Mount defeated the Bobcats, 16-10, last week and owns the tiebreaker if the teams end tied at the end of the regular season.

Mount St. Mary's (7-5, 4-0) will host the Northeast Conference Championship on May 6 and 8.

The Mount closes out the regular season on Saturday, April 30, when Bryant visits for a 1:00 p.m. game.  The Mountaineers will honor the 2011 senior class prior to the game.


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