Its 8-7 loss to Manhattan on Sunday was agonizing on several levels for Mount St. Mary’s.
Not only were the Jaspers winless in five games, but the Mountaineers won several key statistical battles, including in shots (35-16), turnovers (17 for Mount St. Mary’s compared with 23 for Manhattan) and clears (13-for-16 for the Mountaineers and 11-for-23 for the Jaspers).
But despite scoring the last four goals of the contest, Mount St. Mary’s couldn’t come up with the equalizer and instead dropped to 0-6, matching the program’s worst start since 1994.
Four days after the outcome, the pain of the setback hasn’t fully subsided.
“It hurts,” coach Tom Gravante said Thursday morning. “Every loss hurts, but that one was one that we let get away on account that we didn’t stay fully committed for 60 minutes. We can’t have slow starts and spot teams goals because of fundamental mistakes and expect to win. That just doesn’t happen often. My staff and I shared that information pretty much all week long, that the mistakes you made in the first five games will help Manhattan if you make them again. So we have to grow from these mistakes.”
Sunday’s game was also notable in that senior goalkeeper Chris Klaiber was pulled shortly after surrendering a goal to junior midfielder Andrew Hurst that gave Manhattan a 7-3 advantage 1:44 into the third quarter.
Klaiber, who had made just two saves while allowing seven goals, was replaced by sophomore Frankie McCarthy, who made one stop and surrendered one goal. Gravante said the coaches are allowing Klaiber and McCarthy to battle each other in practice week before announcing the starter for Saturday’s home game against Drexel.
“We know what we get from Frankie,” Gravante said. “He’s good coming off the bench. So we like that a lot. Chris has been our starter, and we may continue to stay with him. … Their spirits are still high. I think Chris still feels like he’s the starter, and that’s a good thing. We don’t want him to get down. And Frankie is great coming off the bench. We might keep things as is.”