A Family Game
Schmidt twins an integral part of Mount lacrosse
During a basketball game in grade school, Bryant Schmidt was on fire shooting 3-pointers. But at the end of the first half, he also had four fouls. During halftime, Bryant and his twin brother, Brett, switched jerseys so Bryant could stay in the game and keep scoring for the team.
Now in their final semester at the Mount, the Schmidt twins, of Great Mills, Md, are no longer able to switch jerseys — but they do work together to bring success to the Mount lacrosse team.
Four times in their careers, Brett and Bryant Schmidt have recorded hat tricks of three goals each in the same game.
“We have a sense of where the other one is on the field. It’s just natural,” said Bryant, a midfielder and #23. “There aren’t many disadvantages to playing together, except for the occasional bickering.”
Brett, an attacker and #9 agrees: “Understanding Bryant’s game and where he is going to be on the field before he actually moves helps to give me an edge on defenders in game time situations.”
An unfair advantage? For the Mountaineers, it’s a family blessing.
Brett and Bryant also played with their older brother Justin, now an assistant coach for the Mount, for three years in high school and two years at the Mount. The brothers dedicated the 2010 season to their mother, who had passed away the previous November from cancer. On Mother’s Day in 2010, the Mount lacrosse team won the MAAC Conference Tournament Championship. The next year, the team won the Northeast Conference Championship.
“During the passing of my mother, Coach (Tom) Gravante, essentially acted as a father figure away from home and helped me keep my head on straight,” Bryant remembers. “Coach G amazingly has beat cancer twice and shows us how to never give up, always keep working and move forward on and off the field.”
The Schmidt brother goals for the season are clear: Win the NEC tournament and move on to the NCAA tournament. Thus far, Brett has scored at least one goal in 38 consecutive games — the longest streak in the nation. Brett will also continue playing professionally after his time at the Mount for the Rochester Rattlers, the first Mount player to be drafted in the Major Lacrosse League collegiate draft.
There is a long tradition of “Mount families” at the Mount and on its sports teams, making for some dynamic duos. Brett and Bryant aren’t the only siblings to play sports together at the Mount. Cara and Carly Deegan compete on the women’s soccer team, Matt and Austin Blake compete on the men’s tennis team, Gigi and Jaime Gibilisco compete on the men’s track and field team, and Alex and Jimmy Ockford and Dom and Josh De Aragao competed on the men’s soccer team this year.
The Mount lacrosse team is midway through its regular season. Andrew Scalley is now just the third player in school history to join the 200-point club, with 202 for his career. Another standout is Cody Lehrer, currently among the top 15 career goal scorers in the nation. Check out the Mount lacrosse team’s schedule to see the team in action.