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November 28, 2023 8:04 pm

UMO earns win over Lees-McRae

BANNER ELK – In the last road contest of the season, the University of Mount Olive men’s lacrosse team won by a ten-point margin over Lees-McRae in Conference Carolinas action on April 15, 13-3.

With the win, the Trojans stand at 5-7 overall and have a 3-2 mark in league play. Mount Olive holds a 10-0 record against Lees-McRae dating back to 2013. Meanwhile, the Bobcats fell 0-13 overall and stand at 0-5 in conference play.

Mount Olive netted the opening five goals of the contest. The first goal was scored by junior Chapman Parker, 1-0. At 6:35 of the match, senior Chance Urban passed the ball to teammate Aidan Lalonde to bank the second goal of the game, 2-0. With back-to-back laser passes from senior Chaz Goodman, the Trojans were led to goals from graduate student Blake Tallon and Lalonde, 4-0. Closing the first quarter, junior Elijah Cobb scored a goal to extend the lead by five, 5-0.

At the start of the second quarter, LMU scored their first goal of the game, 5-1. In response, senior Samuel Skousen scored back-to-back goals, 7-1. At the 8:45 mark, Cobb saw the back of the cage, scoring his second goal of the contest, 8-1. About three minutes later, Goodman scored his first goal to stretch the lead to 9-1. On a man-up opportunity, Parker netted the goal from a pass by Lalonde, 10-1. The Trojans led by nine going into halftime.

At the start of the second half, Cobb put one past the keeper, completing his hat trick. At the 5:56 mark, Lees-McRae scored their second goal of the game, 11-2. Closing the third quarter, Skousen passed to Goodman and he was able to score his second goal, 12-2.

In the last frame, only two goals were scored in the final 15 minutes of play. At the 13:56 mark, Goodman completed his hat trick, 13-2. In the remaining minutes, the Bobcats scored the last goal of the match, 13-3, as the Trojans were able to seal the road win.

Goodman finished the game with a career high of seven points behind three goals and four assists and collected a ground ball. Fellow teammate Cobb finished with a career high of four points, including three goals and one assist. Face off specialist Mike Marto went 12 of 17 in the contest and collected four ground balls.

Junior goalkeeper Jacob Brown collected six saves playing 42:41 minutes in the cage. Freshman Jack Isaacs collected one save in four minutes of play, while Kurtis Lensing also collected a season high of seven saves in 13 minutes.

— From University of Mount Olive Athletics