MOUNT OLIVE – In a mid-week, top 25 nationally ranked contest, the No. 25 University of Mount Olive women’s lacrosse team fell to No. 10 Wingate by an 18-8 margin on April 12 at Ray McDonald Sr. Sports Complex.
With the loss, the Trojans suffered their first loss in nearly a month and fell to 9-5 overall with all of their losses coming against nationally-ranked opponents. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs improved to 13-2 overall with their ninth consecutive win and remained undefeated in away contests.
Wingate scored the initial eight goals of the contest. At the 2:37 mark of the match, graduate student Meagan Maxwell received a pass from senior Bria Hamilton and put one past the keeper, 8-1.
At the start of the second quarter, the Bulldogs scored, 9-1. At the 13:34 mark, graduate student Ali Davis scored her first goal of the game, reaching the 50-goal milestone, 9-2. Soon after, graduate student Morgan Paige dodged around her defender and scored her 21st goal of the season, 9-3. Wingate then closed the first half with five unanswered goals, 14-3.
At the start of the second half, both teams battled hard as only three goals were scored in the entire quarter. Wingate netted the first goal of the quarter, 15-3. At the 10:16 mark, Maxwell found junior Logan Hibbard and scored the fourth goal of the match for the Trojans, 15-4. Closing the third quarter, the Bulldogs scored stretching their lead to twelve, 16-4.
In the last frame, WU was the first to score, 17-4. At the 9:35 mark, Hamilton put one in the back of the cage, scoring her 38th goal of the season, 17-5. Two minutes later, graduate student Margot Coomes scored with seven minutes left in the contest, 17-6. Scoring their last goal of the match, Wingate found the net at the 3:51 mark, 18-6. With back-to-back goals from Davis, she completed her hat trick and the game ended 18-8.
Davis finished the game with three goals and a draw control. Maxwell totaled four points, with one goal, three assists and a ground ball.
In 45:31 minutes of play, goalkeeper Claire Hagen had four saves. Goalies Anna James and Jane Hobbs also saw minutes between the pipes.
— From University of Mount Olive Athletics