Mount St. Mary's Opens NEC Play with Loss to Quinnipiac

Emmitsburg, Md. (March 31, 2012)--Defending champion Mount St. Mary's opened Northeast Conference play with a 12-8 loss to Quinnipiac at Waldron Family Stadium on campus on Saturday afternoon. The game was a rematch of last year's NEC title game won by the Mount.

Bryant Schmidt paced the Mount with three goals and an assist while Andrew Scalley added two goals and an assist in the loss. Brett Schmidt, Daniel Stranix and Connor Carey also added goals in the loss.

Quinnipiac's Matt Diehl had five goals and an assist to lead the offense while Basil Kostaras chipped in two goals and a pair of assists. Matt Kycia added two scores while Brendan Wilbur tallied a goal and two assists for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats (2-6, 1-0 NEC) took control of the game early, scoring the first four goals of the contest. Kycia opened the scoring 1:40 into the game for the early 1-0 Quinnipiac lead. Michael Sagl scored midway through the first quarter while Kostaras added a goal with 24 seconds left in the first for a 3-0 lead.

Diehl made it 4-0 when he scored the first of his five goals in the game early in the second quarter. The Mount (3-5, 0-1 NEC) responded by scoring the next three goals to cut the deficit to 4-3 at the half. Bryant Schmidt started the streak with his first goal of the day midway through the quarter. Scalley scored with 3:37 left in the half and Carey added a goal with 1:49 on the clock to make it a one-goal game.

Quinnipiac came out strong in the second half as well, scoring three goals over the first 3:26 to take a 7-3 lead. Brett Schmidt and Scalley answered to cut the deficit to 7-5 midway through the third, but Diehl scored back-to-back goals to push the lead back to four.

Bryant Schmidt scored a man-down goal with a nice individual effort to make it 9-6 with just under two minutes left in the third, but Kostaras answered 24 seconds later for the Bobcats.

Bryant Schmidt scored again early in the fourth to make the score 10-7, but Diehl again scored consecutive goals to seal the win for Quinnipiac. The Mount's Stranix completed the scoring with 3:17 left in the game for the final score of 12-8.

The Mount outshot Quinnipiac, 33-22, in the game and held a 27-21 advantage in ground balls. Quinnipiac goalkeeper Dylan Torey made 10 saves while Chris Klaiber made four for the Mountaineers.

The Mount returns to action on Saturday, April 7, with a 1:00 p.m. game at Bryant.

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EMMITSBURG, Md. Freshman Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.) led a potent Bobcats' offense with five goals on Saturday afternoon, as Quinnipiac (2-6, 1-0 NEC) upended the Northeast Conference's preseason favorite Mount St. Mary's (3-5, 0-1 NEC), 12-8. QU's attack was absolutely stellar on a misty day in Emmitsburg, putting 16 of their 22 shots on target and controlling 14 of 24 face-offs.

Diehl, who was playing in his home state, was sensational offensively for the Bobcats. Diehl totaled six points in the game, adding an assist to go along with his five goals. Joining Diehl with multi-goal games was attackmen Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas) and Matt Kycia (West Hartford, Conn.). Kostaras had two goals and two assists and Kycia scored his first and second career goals. Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.), Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) and Brendan Wilbur (Hingham, Mass.) wrapped up the scoring column for the Bobcats.

Head Coach Eric Fekete knew coming into the game that a quick start was necessary to be successful against the 2011 NEC Champions. The Bobcats were up for the challenge, putting together arguably their strongest 15 minutes to date. QU controlled every faceoff (4-0) in the quarter, surrendered just one shot and found the back of the net three times on the other end.

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