TROJAN BEAT: Mathurin notches first win in dramatic fashion; UMO has busy weekend at home, on the road


Lens Mathurin executed a highlight-reel move and earned his first-ever collegiate win on the wrestling mat Sunday afternoon.

Down 7-2 with precious seconds ticking away, the University of Mount Olive freshman threw his opponent, Coker’s Brandon Dasen, onto his back and pinned him as time expired.

The comeback at 125 pounds all but sealed the Trojans’ 31-19 victory over South Atlantic Conference foe Coker inside Kornegay Arena.

“He’s come close a few times,” UMO head coach Dan Willis said of Mathurin. “That was good to see him get that because he’s been struggling due to his size. I knew we couldn’t give up bonus points [with a loss], but I wasn’t expecting a pin from him.”

The Trojans (3-5 overall, 3-5 SAC) and Cobras tied 4-4 in contested bouts.

UMO collected two forfeits.

Individual victors along with Mathurins were Colby Teague (157 pounds), Bryan Aragao (174), Micah Dixon (184), heavyweight Jalyn McClammy and 133-pounder Hayden Waddell.

The Trojans return to the mat Feb. 27 at the NCAA Division II Super Regionals.


Reed Parris tossed a six-inning, three-hit shutout as UMO throttled Coker (SC) College, 14-0, in game one of a doubleheader at Scarborough Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Trojans battled from behind to take the nightcap 6-4.

Parris (1-0) retired nine Cobras on strikeouts in his second start of the season. Hunter Stevens threw a 1-2-3 seventh. Bullpen mates Steven Worley and Austin Elliott (two strikeouts) combined for three innings of scoreless relief.

Jack Casbarro emerged as the offensive leader with three hits and two RBI. Alan Alonso, Gunner Tolston (5 RBI), Stephen Baughn and catcher Zack Smith (3 RBI) provided two hits apiece.

Casbarro’s sixth-inning, solo home run broke a 2-2 deadlock in game two. The Southern Wayne alum concluded the contest 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk.

Dusty Baker swatted a two-run, bases-clearing shot later in the sixth to put the No. 16-ranked Trojans in command, 5-2.

Caleb Irwin held Coker to one hit and logged four strikeouts in three innings and claimed the mound decision in relief of starter Garrett McDaniels. Will Abbott notched the save.

UMO launches its Conference Carolinas schedule Feb. 26-27 at Southern Wesleyan.


Hannah Killough fired a no-hitter and struck out 13 as University of Mount Olive dominated Methodist University, 12-0, in game one of a doubleheader at Nancy Chapman Cassell Field on Sunday afternoon.

Mallory Ratcliff threw a two-hitter and posted five Ks in an 8-0 win as the Trojans snapped a three-game skid.

Catcher Kylie Emanuele batted 3-for-3 and drove in five runs, including a three-RBI double in the second inning. Lead-off batter Emma Mooney contributed three hits, while Courtlynn Cooney (RBI) and former Charles B. Aycock standout Cassandra Lassiter provided two hits apiece.

UMO cranked out 14 hits.

In game two, Cooney hit 3-for-3 with an RBI. Mooney, Emanuele and Lassiter (2 RBI) supplied two hits apiece.

The Trojans (3-3 overall) entertains William Peace University on Wednesday.

Men’s lacrosse

Braydon Hickey’s unassisted, third-quarter goal ignited a match-ending 4-0 run as No. 10-ranked UMO upended Queens University-Charlotte, 9-4, at the Ray McDonald Sr. Complex on Saturday afternoon.

Hickey’s goal extended the Trojans’ advantage to 6-4.

Aidan Lalonde notched consecutive goals, the second on an assist from Connor Watson with 3:48 left in the third. Tim Collins’ goal midway through the fourth quarter capped the rally.

UMO goalie Andrew Avarello collected six saves.

The Trojans (3-0 overall) travel to Newberry College on Feb. 23 and return home March 10 to face Colorado Mesa University.

Women’s lacrosse

Back on the turf for the first time since they lost four teammates in a tragic car accident 11 months ago, UMO gave No. 4-ranked Queens University-Charlotte a strong test for most of the opening half Saturday afternoon.

Jackie Kaderaback posted a hat trick (three goals) before 14 minutes had elapsed to push the Trojans in front 4-2.

Zoe Daughtry’s goal in the 19th minute made it 5-3 before Queens seized command with a 6-1 run that started just before halftime.

Meaghan Michaud added two goals for the Trojans.

UMO (0-1) begins Conference Carolinas play Saturday at Emmanuel (GA) University.

Men’s volleyball

TIGERVILLE, S.C. - UMO fell from the unbeaten ranks with a 21-25, 25-21, 27-29, 25-27 loss to Conference Carolinas rival North Greenville (SC) University on Saturday afternoon.

Tobi Azeez, the reigning league player-of-the-week, pounded out 16 kills for the Trojans. Iyanu Adebisi produced 13 kills and 12 digs, while the brother tandem of Eric and Luke Visgitis combined for 17 kills.

Ethan Morales passed out 25 assists, while Jarrod Ferguson had 23.

On Friday, the Trojans eased past in-state league foe Belmont Abbey 27-25, 27-25, 25-19.

Azeez turned in an 11-kill performance, followed by Dominic Hagerty with nine.

Ferguson finished with 29 assists and eight digs.

The Trojans (5-1 overall, 4-1 CC) return home Wednesday to face rival Barton College.

Women’s basketball

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. - UMO continued its recent downward spiral on the hardwood with an 86-55 loss to Conference Carolinas foe Emmanuel University on Saturday afternoon.

The Trojans suffered their third straight defeat.

Ayanna Cotten paced UMO with 13 points and six rebounds. Cristina De La Cruz came off the bench to score 11 points and dish out three assists.

Emmanuel owned a 19-8 advantage in second-chance points.

UMO (6-6 overall, 6-6 CC) plays at Chowan University on Tuesday.

Men’s basketball

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. - University of Mount Olive fell 90-69 to Conference Carolinas opponent Emmanuel University on Saturday afternoon.

Alan Treakle and Darius Spragley knocked down 18 and 10 points, respectively, as the Trojans dipped to 5-9 overall and 5-9 against league opposition this season. Treakle and Spragley combined for seven assists.

Calvin Washington snared six rebounds.

The Trojans are the guests of Chowan University on Tuesday.


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