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May 28, 2024 9:29 pm

Mount Olive earns road win over Lander

GREENWOOD, S.C. – In an early-week road game, the University of Mount Olive women’s lacrosse team earned a 16-11 win over Lander on March 20 in non-conference action.

With the win, the Trojans improved to 4-4 overall with their third straight win. Meanwhile, the Bearcats dropped to 5-4 this season.

The Trojans were off to a quick start as senior Bria Hamilton scored off a pass from graduate student Meagan Maxwell. Soon after, Hamilton scored another goal at the 12:49 mark of the game and Mount Olive led 2-0. In response, the Bearcats scored back-to-back goals to tie the match 2-2.

With complete control of the offense, Mount Olive went on a five-goal run. Led by sophomore Emery Kennedy, the Trojans were up by one, 3-2. Soon after, a pass by graduate student Margot Coomes led teammate Zoe Dougherty to another goal and UMO was ahead 4-2. From behind the cage, Maxwell found graduate student Ali Davis to net the fifth goal of the game for a 5-2 lead. Graduate student Morgan Paige found open teammate Hamilton for a no-look goal to stretch the lead to four, 6-2 and complete a hat trick for Hamilton.

At the 1:39 mark, the Trojans found another scoring opportunity as Maxwell rounded the elbows to find Paige to bring the score to 7-2. In the last eight seconds of the quarter, Lander was able to find the back of the cage to close the quarter behind 7-3.

Right off the draw to begin the second quarter, UMO scored another goal by Hamilton, her fourth goal of the game, and the Trojans led 8-3. With a goal by Lander at the 7:38 mark, the Bearcats cut the lead in half. Just 17 seconds later, Davis scored her second goal of the game to put the Trojans ahead 9-4. With a free position opportunity, LU was able to score closing the first half and UMO led 9-5 at the break.

At the start of the second half, Mount Olive was able to score the first goal of the quarter by netting a free position goal by Paige and led 10-5. Lander scored back-to-back goals and trailed 10-7. At the 7:48 mark, junior Logan Hibbard found Hamilton to put one past the keeper for an 11-7 UMO lead. With 5:17 left to go in the third quarter, Hamilton scored her career-high sixth goal of the game and the Trojans were up 12-7. With another goal by Davis, UMO closed the third quarter leading 13-7.

In the final quarter, the Bearcats were able to score three goals in a row to bring the score to 13-10. With two minutes left of the match, Mount Olive was able to respond with three of their own goals. Led by Hamilton, scoring her seventh of the game, Paige and Davis, the Trojans led 16-10. LU was able to score with nine seconds left of the game, but UMO was able to seal the win, 16-11.

Hamilton led the Trojans with seven goals, one assist, one ground ball and a caused turnover. Teammate Paige finished with three goals, two assists, and a caused turnover.

— From University of Mount Olive Athletics