Mount Olive Races to Victory Over Lees-McRae

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. Two goals in the final 13 seconds of the first period and three goals in a 24-second span midway through the second period helped Mount Olive build a 10-goal halftime lead and the Trojans went on to defeat Lees-McRae 19-4 in Conference Carolinas play Saturday at Amon Field. The contest was Mount Olive's conference opener and the win extended the Trojans' winning streak to six.

Mount Olive (8-1 overall, 1-0 Conference Carolinas) was already up 3-0 when Matt Shields scored off a pass from Ryan Morris with 13 seconds left in the first period. After a faceoff win by James DiMartino, Matt Shields found Dan Shields for a goal with 0.3 seconds remaining to give the Trojans a 5-0 lead at the end of one period.

The score was the same until Dan Shields' second goal of the game started Mount Olive's three-goal spurt with 9:07 left in the second period. Sean Shewey followed 16 seconds later with a goal on a running backhanded shot behind the back of his neck after a pass from Brett Kingston, who followed with goal of his own just eight seconds later to extend the Trojans' lead to 8-0 with 8:43 left before halftime.

Lees-McRae (0-8, 0-2) got on the scoreboard with 7:04 remaining on a goal by Kyle Judge. Mount Olive scored a pair of man-up goals in the final four minutes and added an even-strength goal to take an 11-1 halftime lead.

With another contest scheduled 24 hours later, Mount Olive rested most of its starters after halftime as eight different Trojans scored in the second half. Lees-McRae scored three of its goals in the final period.

Dan Shields and Matt Shields led Mount Olive with three goals apiece. Starting goalkeeper Ross Bowman played the first half and recorded five of his six saves in the first period. Dorian Gabrek had three saves in the second half.

Mike Gregory played all 60 minutes in goal for Lees-McRae and finished with nine saves.

Mount Olive concludes its five-game homestand and plays its third contest in five days as the Trojans play host to Florida Tech in a non-conference match. Face off is 2:00 p.m. at Amon Field.

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MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. -- Lees-McRae sophomore Dustin Barrow notched a goal and an assist, but an 8-0 Mount Olive run to start the game proved to be insurmountable while Mount Olive handed LMC a 19-4 loss in Conference Carolinas men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon on Amon Field in Mount Olive, N.C.

The Trojans (8-1, 1-0 CC) had 13 different players record a goal while Matt and Dan Shields notched a hat trick each. The Bobcats (0-8, 0-2) successfully made all their clear attempts while forcing 15 Mount Olive turnovers.

M. Shields tallied two goals and an assist while Ryan Morris dished out two assists while the Trojans took a 5-0 lead after first quarter.

Bobcat freshman Mike Gregory (Greensboro, N.C.) made five of his nine saves in the opening period.

Mount Olive's Jesse Mitchell added two assists before LMC Kyle Judge's (Hampstead, Md.) goal from Dalton Lamb (Clemmons, N.C.) at the 7:04 mark made it, 8-1.

The Trojans took advantage of two penalties while notching two man-up goals at the 3:52 and 10 second mark, respectively.

Mount Olive had four different players score in the third quarter.

LMC came out firing in the fourth while Schuylor Dickerson (Crozvet, Va.) and Jarrod Brady (Kernersville, N.C.) tallied a goal while LMC cut the deficit to 15-3.

Barrow registered an unassisted goal with 4:08 remaining in the contest.

The Bobcats won five of the eight faceoffs in the final quarter after amassing a game-high eight groundballs in the third.

Brady led the team with eight shots and Dillon Quinn (Greensboro, N.C.) forced two turnovers.

LMC welcomes Young Harris to Tate Field March 29 at 2:00 p.m. in a nonconference tilt.


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