Mount St. Mary's coach likes matchup with top seed in conference tournament

Mount St. Mary’s needed – and got – two wins in its final Northeast Conference games to qualify for the No. 4 seed in the league tournament. And for their troubles, the Mountaineers (5-8 overall and 2-3 in the NEC) will tangle with No. 1 seed Robert Morris (11-3, 5-0) in Friday evening’s semifinal.

The Colonials beat Mount St. Mary’s, 17-14, in their regular-season meeting on April 14, but Mountaineers coach Tom Gravante is looking forward to another shot at Robert Morris.

“I think this matchup is very good between us and Robert Morris,” he said Wednesday. “It was a little bit of a shootout. We know we can score goals on them. They have played three goalies throughout the entire year. So that kind of sends a message to their opponents of a little bit of confusion. The kids that are playing for them aren’t really separating themselves from the other.”

Still, the Colonials figure to be a tough out, especially with the conference tournament taking place on their campus in Moon Township, Pa. And Gravante is well aware of the scouting report on Robert Morris.

“They score a lot of goals,” he said. “We know they’re a transition team. They like to draw and dump and push two or three passes and have somebody step into it. They feed the crease very well. We’re a different team defensively than we were three weeks ago, which I’m very thankful for. We’ve grown, and that’s important. I can’t tell you we’re peaking right now. I still think our best lacrosse is still ahead of these kids. I just want to continue to move forward.”

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