Here’s the latest edition of Trojan Beat.
The nationally-ranked University of Mount Olive women’s lacrosse team overcame pesky Lander (SC) University, 15-10, on a sun-splashed Wednesday afternoon.
In baseball, the unbeaten Trojans rose to No. 3 in the latest NCAA Division II top 25 poll. Garrett McDaniels was named the Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Year.
But, first, lacrosse.
“They’re a first-year team you can’t take for granted,” said first-year UMO head coach Heather Coppola just moments before the initial midfield draw.
She was right.
The Bearcats employed a deliberate attack and worked the 90-second shot clock to single digits before they attacked the goal. The slow pace also limited the number of possessions for the high-scoring Trojans, who committed three quick turnovers that gave the visitors early momentum.
Lander built two-goal leads on two occasions before UMO battled to a 5-5 deadlock at halftime.
Down 8-6, the Trojans collected seven unanswered goals in a six-minute stretch. Jackie Kaderabek closed the gap to 8-7 on an assist from Nola Wesche. Bria Hamilton converted a man-up goal, which tied the game at 8-8.
Kaderabek, Zoe Daugherty, Kiara Burke, Meaghan Michaud (two assists) and Eden Ellison also contributed to the game-changing, offensive surge.
UMO began taking high shots against Lander goalie Sarell Brenah, who preferred to sit low and protect the bottom half of the net.
Dougherty, Hamilton, Michaud and Kelly Young each punched in two goals for the Trojans. Keeper Ciara Moorman logged eight saves between the pipes for UMO.
The Trojans (2-1 overall) return home Saturday for a noon, non-conference match against University of Huntsville-Alabama.
McDaniels tossed six scoreless innings in game two of a four-game Conference Carolinas series against Southern Wesleyan University.
The sophomore yielded two hits and sent nine SWU batters back to the dugout via a strikeout. Daniels (2-0) has a 0.90 earned run average (ERA) and 17 strikeouts.
UMO returns home Saturday to begin a four-game series against league foe King (TN) University.