Johnson, Kearney Ignite MSM to Senior Day Win vs. Bryant

"It seems to be a trend that we play well at home," said LaMonica. "I am looking forward to a solid competition on Tuesday against Johns Hopkins and it will be a great test for us. I am looking for us to finish strong and on a high note."

Brigid McTavish (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll) made five saves for the Mount in 52:01 of action while Sarah Leder (Manalapan, N.J./Colts Neck) had three stops in 7:59 of time in the cage.

Along with Kearney's career day, Conlon recorded three ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers. Pompa posted three ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers while Rufolo had three draw controls, two caused turnovers and a ground ball in the win.

Kearney became the seventh player in program history to grab 100 draw controls in her career and moved into a tie for sixth place with Kim Keene (100, 2000-03) on the all-time list. Certeza has posted the seventh-most assists in a single season (19) and Rufolo has recorded the eighth-most draw controls (40) in a single season in program history.

With its win against Bryant, the Mount moved into the Top-4 of the standings in the league with two games to play. If the Mount defeats Wagner (Apr. 16) and Long Island (Apr. 18) on the road next weekend the squad will secure its eighth-straight NEC Tournament appearance and its 12th in the 13 years of the league.

"We don't want to jump to conclusions," said LaMonica. "We have to take the rest of the season one game at a time and don't overlook anybody. Nothing is guaranteed and we will be looking to finish strong to secure a spot in the conference tournament."

Prior to the game, the Mountaineers honored seniors Johnson, Kirby, Kearney, Katie Bollinger (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill), Cait Fraccalvieri (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore), Mary Kate Lavin (Ellicott City, Md./Maryvale) and Sydney Sykes (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill).

Kirby posted a goal and two ground balls, Fraccalvieri had a shot, a ground ball, a caused turnover and a draw control while Sykes started in the contest. Lavin saw her first action of the season after missing the first 12 games because of an injury and registered two shots off the bench, and Bollinger did not play in the match due to injury.

Mount St. Mary's closes out its home schedule on Tuesday against Johns Hopkins. Game time is 5:00 p.m.

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