Mount Olive Defeats Shorter

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. Alysha Kulka's goal with under four minutes left halted a late rally and Candace Corkin added a free position goal in the final half-minute to seal the win as Mount Olive held off Shorter 11-6 in non-conference women's lacrosse Saturday at Amon Field. The Trojans improved to 5-0 this season when holding their opponent under 10 goals.

Mount Olive (5-2) broke away from an early tie to take a five-goal halftime lead, but could never pull away from Shorter (3-5) in the second half. The Trojans still held a five-goal advantage when Alexa Milus' goal with 10:35 remaining made the score 9-4. Shorter came back with goals by Shelby Beverly and Mia Wiggins to pull within 9-6 with 6:09 left to play.

The Trojans missed on two free position attempts, but a Shorter turnover and Caley Breese's ground ball near midfield denied the Hawks an opportunity to cut further into the lead. After a Hawks foul gave Mount Olive a player advantage, Katie McGovern found Kulka in front of the goal to extend the Trojans' lead to 10-6 with 3:46 remaining.

Shorter goalkeeper Taylor Moody recorded four of her 11 saves during the final two-plus minutes to keep Mount Olive from adding to its lead, but the Trojans were able to eat up most of the clock. A Hawks foul set up Corkin's goal with 26 seconds left to cap the scoring.

McGovern's goal with 17:18 left in the first half broke a 1-1 tie and Michelle Scannell's free position goal with 5:56 left gave Mount Olive a 6-1 halftime lead.

Riann Daziel, McGovern and Milus each scored two goals for Mount Olive. Shorter was led by Wiggins with a game-high three goals.

Mount Olive returns to action Wednesday as the Trojans play host to Brevard in a non-conference match-up. Game time is 4:00 p.m. at Amon Field.

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Mount Olive, N.C.--The Lady Hawks have fallen into a tough patch as of late, dropping the last three games, most recently an 11-6 decision to Mount Olive Saturday evening. The loss moves Shorter to 3-6 overall on the season.

Mount Olive took the lead 1-0 with 26:01 to play. The Lady Hawks answered to tie the game as Mia Wigging scored the first of three goals in the game at the 17:57 mark. Mount Olive regained the lead less than a minute later, and went on a 5-0 run to end the frame; taking a 6-1 lead into halftime.

Shorter scored five times in the second half, and cut the lead to 4 points multiple times, but couldn't push any closer as Mount Olive also scored five goals in the half to earn the win 11-6.

Wiggins finished with a game high three goals, while Shelby Beverly (2) and Katie Ott (1) each scored.

Taylor Moody played the complete game in goal for the Lady Hawks making 11 saves on 22 shots faced.

Mount Olive outshot Shorter 31-10 in the game, held the advantage 22-11 in groundballs, and won 10 of 19 draws.

The Lady Hawks will be back in action from Ben Brady Field Monday afternoon at 5:00 pm to take on Midland University.


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