DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Despite seven goals in the final quarter, No. 23 Mount Olive was unable to overcome an early deficit in an 11-10 loss at No. 18 Embry-Riddle in non-conference action in Florida March 7.
With the loss, the University of Mount Olive women’s lacrosse program fell to 1-4 after facing their fifth straight ranked opponent this season.
In the opening quarter of the contest, Embry-Riddle netted the opening three goals over the initial eight-plus minutes of the game. At the 4:57 mark of the match, senior Ali Davis scored her 14th goal of the season, while UMO was man-down to cut the lead to 3-1. The Eagles regained their three-goal advantage in the closing minutes of the first with another goal.
Scoring their only goal of the second quarter, graduate student Margot Coomes scored for UMO off a pass by teammate Morgan Paige at the 12:47 mark to pull UMO to within 4-2. Embry-Riddle scored five unanswered goals going into hafltime of the game and led 9-2.
At the start of the second half, both teams battled as only one goal found the back of the net in the entire third quarter. Senior goalkeeper Claire Hagen kept the Trojans alive by saving all four shots from the Eagle offense. After another save by Hagen, UMO saw a goal at the 1:12-mark of the third from senior Bria Hamilton and trailed 9-3.
In the last quarter of the game, Embry-Riddle extended the lead by eight at the 13:49 mark to 10-3. After trailing the Eagles for the entirety of the game, Mount Olive recorded three goals from Davis, a pair by graduate student Emery Kennedy and one goal from graduate student Zoe Dougherty and trailed 10-9. With less than two minutes left, Embry-Riddle netted the game-winning goal. With a free position opportunity, Davis scored her fifth goal of the match with 36 seconds left, but the Eagles were able to escape with the win, 11-10.
Hagen recorded 13 saves and eight ground balls. Davis tied her career-high of five goals for the third straight week. She also collected two assists, two draw controls and a ground ball. Teammate Kennedy scored two goals and collected one assist.
— From University of Mount Olive Athletics