TROJAN BEAT: Leclercq seizes medalist honors; Trojan stickmen triumph in battle of nationally-ranked teams


Women’s golf

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - University of Mount Olive’s Emma Leclercq emerged victorious in a five-hole playoff against teammate Johanna Andersson to claim the Spring Kick-off Intercollegiate contested at the Golf Club at South Hampton.

Leclercq shot an opening-day 67 and finished with a two-day card of 146. Andersson posted a first-round score of 74 and forced the playoff with a second-day total of 72.

Maria Fernanda Neira (157) tied for 13th among individual competitors, while teammates Linn Andersson and Tindra Tyrsing logged 36-hole scores of 163 and 164, respectively.

UMO finished runner-up to Wingate in team action.

Men’s lacrosse

SALISBURY - Mike Marto won 13 of 18 face-offs and University of Mount Olive prevailed 12-3 against Catawba in a battle of nationally-ranked teams on Tuesday afternoon.

Lucas Shein and Braydon Hickey each tallied two goals for the No. 10-ranked Trojans, who remained unbeaten in two outings this season.

Tim Collins, Aidan Lalonde and Blake Talton supplied two assists apiece.

Goalie Andrew Avarello logged 11 saves between the pipes.

The Indians entered the game ranked No. 16.

UMO (2-0) returns home Saturday for a battle against South Atlantic Conference member Queens University of Charlotte. Face-off is 1 p.m. at the Ray McDonald Sr. Sports Complex.

Conference accolades

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Four University of Mount Olive athletes earned recognition for their achievement in indoor track and field, and on the volleyball court from the Conference Carolinas office.

Tobi Azeez earned player-of-the-week in men’s volleyball.

The Melbourne, Australia, native posted double-digit kills in road triumphs over King (10) and Lees-McRae (18). He logged six digs defensively in each match and hit an impressive .333 as the Trojans remained unbeaten in four outings this season.

Named the indoor track athlete-of-the-week, McKenzie Connor posted the conference’s top time in the 60-meter dash (8.82 seconds) during the VMI Winter Classic. Her performance is one of the top-15 times in the event in all of NCAA Division II.

Two Trojans - Cas Kopmels and Joshua Faison - swept the conference’s indoor track and field athlete-of-the-week awards.

A freshman from the Netherlands, Kopmels ran the 800 meters in 1 minute, 56.21 seconds at the VMI Winter Classic. His meet-winning effort is the top time among league runners this season.

Faison, a sophomore from Raleigh, set a new school record in the shot put - 15.59 meters during the VMI Winter Classic. It’s the best throw in the conference this season.


The women's basketball game between University of Mount Olive and Barton, scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed.

A make-up date has not been announced.

Barton won the previous meeting 81-74 in Wilson.


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