Mount Saint Mary's vs. Wagner
April 25, 2009
The Game Story:

EMMITSBURG, Md. – Jake Willertz (Severna Park, Md./Mount St. Joesph) and Cody Lehrer (Baltimore, Md./Dulaney) combined for five goals to help Mount St. Mary’s earn a spot in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament after the Mount defeated Wagner 13-3 in men’s lacrosse action on Saturday.

Willertz notched his first collegiate hat trick while Lehrer registered two goals and an assist to propel the Mount (5-8, 5-3 MAAC) to its first MAAC Tournament appearance since 2006. The freshmen duo scored three of the Mountaineers’ first five goals to help Mount St. Mary’s jump out to a 5-1 advantage after one period.

Eric Ososki (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) added a goal and an assist, and Doug Friedman (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J./Northern Highlands) dished out two assists while seniors Brendan Flanagan (Garden City, N.J./Garden City) and Shaun Moran (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Kellenburg Memorial) celebrated Senior Day by each finding the twine in the winning effort.

Evan Shull, Brian Poissant and Gref Trenti each scored for the Seahawks (1-15, 0-8 MAAC) while local product Brandon Waszak, who played at Linganore High School, made his 2009 debut with nine saves in the second half.

Knowing that a win against Wagner would clinch a playoff spot, the Mount opened the game with a 5-1 first quarter and never looked back to punch its ticket to Buffalo for the MAAC Tournament.

Willertz got the scoring started when he scored off a Lehrer feed at 8:41 in the first quarter. Ben Trapp (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) increased the advantage to 2-0 when he found the twine unassisted 40 seconds later.

Poissant momentarily halted the Mountaineers’ offensive attack with an unassisted tally at 5:07, but Mount St. Mary’s closed the first quarter with three-straight goals to take a 5-1 margin. After Lehrer notched his first marker of the afternoon unassisted at 4:28, Drew Dunn (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) scored his first goal of the year at 2:12 before Ososki fed Lehrer with eight seconds left in the stanza for a four-goal advantage.

Ososki and Willertz increased the margin with unassisted tallies at 6:25 and 4:36, respectively, in the second quarter to give the Mount a 7-1 lead at halftime.

Willertz then scored the first goal of the second half off a Sean Brogan (St. Charles, Md./St. Charles East) assist at 10:18 before Christian Kellett (Audubon, Pa./Malvern Prep) capped a string of seven unanswered tallies with an unassisted goal at 7:34 for a 9-1 advantage in the third quarter.

After Shull found the back of the net for Wagner at 3:58, the two Mountaineers’ seniors each scored the next two markers. Flanagan ended the third quarter scoring off a Freidman assist at 3:22 before Freidman fed Moran at 11:05 in the fourth period. Mike Schwab (Owings, Md./DeMatha) gave Mount St. Mary’s a 12-2 lead when he scored off a Brian Fitzgerald (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s County) assist at 10:47.

Trenti answered for Wagner with an unassisted goal at 10:38, but junior Tim Henry (Mount Sinai, N.Y./Mount Sinai) hooked up with freshman Dan Molinari (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) for the freshman’s first career score at 3:04 in the fourth quarter to cap the Mountaineers’ victory.

T.C. DiBartolo (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) made six saves in the first half while A.J. Schaufler (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernardsville) and Allen Frere (St. Mary’s City, Md./Great Mills) each played a quarter and made three stops and two stops, respectively.

Mount St. Mary’s returns to actions in its home and regular season finale against Johns Hopkins on Monday night. It will be the Mount’s first-ever night game at Waldron Family Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m.