Lions Mount 10-1 Run to Overcome Jackets

DEFIANCE, Ohio The Purple and Gold got off to a great start on Wednesday afternoon against MLC opponent Mount St. Joseph. The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Lions scored 10 of the next 11 goals en route to an 18-7 victory.

Defiance opened up the scoring within the first two minutes of action, as James Lopez ripped a shot off the MSJ keeper to give the Jackets a 1-0 lead. DC's Matt Minear scored his first career goal just two minutes later to increase the lead to 2-0.

After four minutes of scoreless action, the Jackets struck again, as Tyler Clark netted his eighth goal of the year to put the home side up 3-0.

Mount St. Joseph committed an offside penalty to give the Purple and Gold a 30-second man advantage. The Jackets capitalized on the opportunity, as Jesse Bailey found the back of the net for the ninth time this year off a pass from Lopez. The goal gave DC a four goal lead, its largest of the season. The four scores in one period are the most Defiance has scored in a quarter this season.

After Bailey's goal to put MSJ down 4-0, the Lions came roaring back, as the visitors responded with four-straight goals to close out the first frame and tie the score at 4-4 after the first 15 minutes.

Mount struck once again just two minutes into the second quarter off Will McLanahan's 25th goal of the season to give the away side its first lead of the game.

DC battled back to tie the game back up at 5-5 off Bailey's second goal of the game. The freshman unleashed a shot from the top of the offensive third that deflected into the net to even the game for the Yellow Jackets.

From that moment on, the Lions dominated the rest of the half. MSJ scored five unanswered goals to take a commanding 10-5 lead into the halftime break. Despite the deficit, the Jackets' shooting was extraordinarily efficient in the first 30 minutes, as DC scored five goals on only six shots.

Mount added its 11th goal of the afternoon with 11 minutes left in the third and then came the storms. Thunder and lightning forced both sides to the locker rooms for nearly a two hour delay.

Play resumed shortly after 7:00 pm, as the weather cooperated for the remainder of the game. The Lions tacked on another goal in the third and went into the final stanza with a 12-5 lead.

Defiance and MSJ each added to their final total in the last 15 minutes of play. The Jackets received the second goal of the day from Tyler Clark and Jesse Bailey managed to complete his hat trick for the third time this season by scoring his third goal of the contest.

The Lions scored six more times in the fourth to go on to win by a final of 18-7.

With the loss, Defiance's record falls to 0-13 on the season and 0-6 in the MLC. The Jackets return to action on Sunday, April 14, as the squad travels to Benedictine. Faceoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.


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