Mount St. Mary’s (1-6) was unable to hold their own against the west coast team from California in a non-conference bout. The Mountaineers dropped the game, 8-5, against University of California, Davis (5-6) at home.
Even with the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week, first year, Carly Miller, on the Mount’s side, the Aggies found a way to survive a late Mount comeback attempt.
The Mountaineers were first to get on board with a penalty shot opportunity from, sophomore Taylor Carhart, just 2:30 after the face-off.
They would make their defensive stand to keep the Aggies off the board until Miller received a yellow card to give the Aggies an extra player advantage. During the power play opportunity, UC Davis struck the top part of the Mount’s net to tie it up at one apiece.
Just six seconds later, the Aggies struck again to steal the lead, 2-1, with less than 21 minutes in the half. It would have been a 3-1 game, but sophomore Mount goalkeeper, Jillian Petito, made a brilliant save after an Aggie maneuvered her way to Petito and shot the ball back handed while facing the UC Davis net.
The Mount tied the game up 2-2, with 14:36 to go after junior, Jannel Daufenbach found the middle of the goal open.
UC Davis responded with their own goal, in rather dramatic fashion. With one second on the shot clock, an Aggie attacker shot the ball in to regain the lead. They added another with 5:50 on the board to make it a 4-2 game.
When it appeared that the Mount would go into the half down, Carhart recorded her second goal of the game with 49.2 seconds left. The Aggies tried to responded with little time remaining, but Daufenbach again, made a fast save and held onto the ball to end the half.
During the break, Head Coach, Lauren Shwarzmann, told her girls to “Focus. Just focus on the ball.” This would prove to be tough for the Mount during the second half however.
The Mountaineers were unable to find the back of the net until 12:56 left to play. However, by then, the Aggies had already rallied four additional goals to make it an 8-4 game.
The Mount’s two lone second half goals came from senior, Sammie Knapp. Her second goal came with just under five minutes to play.
After the game, Shwarzmann gave due credit to the Aggie goal keeper in preventing Miller from recording a goal or an assist.
“I think that the UC Davis goalie did a really nice job. I think we could have changed up our shooting a bit to help ourselves better,” Shwarzmann commented. She added that, “Miller is a really young player and she’ll learn from this… I think she definitely coming into her own as a leader and again, she just did a tremendous job of finding ways to get her teammate’s the ball.”
Coming into the match, the NEC Rookie of the Week, had recorded at least one goal per game.
Though, with her streak having been broken, Miller was still very positive after the game, saying, “We’re very young on our team, so I think we need younger leaders to step up, so I just hope I can keep doing that!”