Mount Tops Canisius in MAAC Opener
from press release
Mount St. Mary's junior defender Justin Schmidt (Great Mills, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) opened the scoring four minutes into the game with his first career goal. The Golden Griffins (0-4, 0-1 MAAC) countered with goals from Jimmy Haney and Mike Benzinger to take a 2-1 advantage with 5:40 left in the opening quarter. Brett Schmidt was able to even the score at 2-2 with 20 seconds left in the first quarter.
Canisius regained the lead, 3-2, on Haney's second goal of the game with 7:55 left in the half. The Mount (2-2, 1-0 MAAC) was able to take control of the game by scoring the next goals.
Lehrer started the streak with a natural hat trick to close out the scoring in the first half. He tied the score on a feed from freshman Andrew Scalley (Arnold, Md./Archbishop Spalding) with 4:01 left in the half. Lehrer then gave the Mount the lead for good with an extra-man goal on a feed from Brett Schmidt. He closed the half with a goal on another feed from Brett Schmidt with 55 seconds on the clock.
In the third quarter, Mount St. Mary's goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo (Bowie, Md./Archibishop Spalding) took control of the game, making eight saves, including several point-blank shots. The offense chipped in with goals from sophomore Eric Ososki (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) and Scalley to make the score 7-3 after three quarters of play.
51 seconds into the final quarter, Lehrer posted his fourth goal of the year on a feed from Bryant Schmidt (Great Mills, Md./St. Mary's Ryken). Lehrer, who entered the game tied for third in the nation with 4.00 goals per game, now has a team-high 17 goals on the year.
Canisius stopped the Mount's scoring streak on a goal by Adam Jones, but the Mount then rattled off three unanswered scores for a commanding 11-4 lead. Lehrer's fifth goal of the year started the run while defender Russell Moncure (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) added his first career goal for the Mountaineers. Mark Stapor (Herndon, Va./Bishop O'Connell) notched his first goal of the season to close the run for the Mount.
Simon Giourmetakis and Jones rounded out the scoring for Canisius while Brett Schmidt completed his hat trick with goals in the final five minutes of the game.
Canisius held a 31-to-27 advantage in shots in the game and a 33-to-28 margin in ground balls. DiBartolo made 15 saves for the Mount while Sean Callahan posted four for the Golden Griffins.
Lehrer tied his career high of five goals in the game while Brett Schmidt's six-point game (3g, 3a) was also a career best. Scalley was the only other Mount player to post a multiple-point game with a goal and an assist.
The Mount returns to action on Saturday, March 27, with a 1:00 p.m. game at Wagner.
Sophomore Cody Lehrer (Baltimore, Md./Dulaney) scored five goals while sophomore Brett Schmidt (Great Mills, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) added three goals and three assists to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 13-6 win over Canisius in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener for both teams at Waldron Family Stadium on campus.
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