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All eyes on Mount’s Lehrer

Opposing defenses are beginning to catch on to Cody Lehrer, and for good reason.

The sophomore attackman for Mount St. Mary's has scored 44 goals this season, fourth-most among DivisionI players. That kind of production has inspired a few opponents to try to prevent Lehrer from even touching the ball.

"I've faced shutoffs in a good number of games this season," Lehrer said. "It can be frustrating at times, but at the same time, I view it as a compliment. They have a respect for me and see me as a threat. I just take it as a challenge and try to do what I can."

Lehrer headlines a Mountaineers offense that is averaging 11.2 goals and could get the No. 2 seed in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a victory Saturday over Marist.

Lehrer, whose goal production is tied for the fifth-most by a Mount player in a single season, was shut out by Manhattan in a Mountaineers 5-4 victory. Coach Tom Gravante said Lehrer should expect further scrutiny from opposing defenses.

"We do anticipate that teams are going to try to shut him off and lock onto him," Gravante said. "My staff and I have some ideas to free himself and his stick so that we can get him involved. One item on our coaching agenda is to help him grow through the frustration of teams trying to shut him off. When he scores goals, we win games."

Lehrer, a Baltimore native and Dulaney graduate, has scored at least three goals in a game nine times this season, including a career-best seven goals in a 14-12 win against Lafayette on April 3. But he dismissed the notion that he has to carry the offensive burden.

"It's a good pressure," he said. "I just view it as I've got to do my part. Everyone has their role on the team, and I'm trying to fill mine to the best of my ability."

Ghitelman makes casefor top goalie in nation

When the topic of top goalkeepers in Division I is brought up, Syracuse junior John Galloway, Princeton sophomore Tyler Fiorito and Notre Dame senior Scott Rodgers are usually mixed in the conversation.

Curiously, Adam Ghitelman's is left out, and that's somewhat surprising considering that the junior is 35-5 in less than three seasons with No. 2 Virginia. But if Ghitelman is upset about being overlooked, he's not letting on.

"I can't say that," he said after his 16-save performance propelled the Cavaliers to their sixth Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship with a 10-6 dismantling of No. 3 Maryland in College Park on Sunday. "I think a lot of the goalie position is looked at based on save percentage and whatnot, and I think I bring a lot more to our team than just stopping the ball. But I've worked on that, and hopefully my game is ready for the playoffs. Those guys are phenomenal. They deserve the credit that they get. If I'm overlooked, I don't care. All I really care about are wins and losses and, hopefully, getting the win in the final one."

Preston joins fatherin McDaniel record books

Senior attackman Gibbs Preston drew inspiration from seeing his father's name on McDaniel's list of all-time scorers.

Bruce Preston, an attackman who played for the Green Terror from 1972 to 1975, amassed 179 points on 112 goals and 67 assists, second-most in school history at the time.

His son, a Baltimore native and McDonogh graduate, has 203 points on 100 goals and 103 assists, 11th-most in program history. Gibbs Preston is only the fifth player to reach the 100 mark in both goals and assists.

"One of my individual goals was to have more points than my dad," said Preston, who leads the team in assists (24) and is second in goals (22) and points (46). "I'm happy, but I can't really think about it because we have [the Centennial Conference] playoffs on Friday. I'll think more about that accomplishment when the season is over."

Et cetera

Towson freshman defenseman Ben Strauss will miss the rest of the season with what doctors diagnosed as a severe bone bruise in his knee. "The two bones are rubbing together, and they're still inflamed," coach Tony Seaman said. "He has trouble walking, much less running. The only thing that repairs that is time." Strauss, who started five games this season and plans to apply for a medical redshirt, will not require surgery and should be ready to participate in fall ball, according to Seaman. … Division III No. 1 Stevenson became the first team other than Salisbury to capture the Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship Saturday, preventing the Sea Gulls from winning their 16th consecutive tournament crown. "To knock off a school that had won it 15 straight years, that's another huge accomplishment for us," Mustangs coach Paul Cantabene said. "They're such a great program and they have such a great mystique about them and such a great tradition that it's really tough to go in there and win that game. We're feeling great about it, but we also know that we have more work to do, and we look forward to that." … No. 3 Salisbury won't play until May 8 in the War on the Shore series against Washington College, but that's not as bad as it sounds. Sophomore defenseman Andrew Sellers (Archbishop Curley), who coach Jim Berkman called the team's most athletic defenseman, has missed six consecutive games because of a knee injury. Senior midfielder-faceoff specialist Ryan Finch (Westminster) sat out three games before playing sparingly in the past two contests because of a pulled hamstring. And senior attackman Jake DeLillo has been playing on a severely sprained ankle. "I think that's good and bad," Berkman said of the additional week of rest. "I think it's good in that we have a couple guys hurt that we hope are going to be back. … We have three or four kids who were beat up pretty bad, and this rest is going to be good for them. But it's tough not to play for a long time. But at least we've got one game before we play in the playoffs."

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