Men’s Lacrosse: Raiders Get Win #1 Against Thiel, 13-8

Men’s Lacrosse: Raiders Get Win #1 Against Thiel, 13-8

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Mount Union's men's lacrosse team notched its first win on the season with a 13-8 victory over Thiel (Pa.) Wednesday afternoon.

The Purple Raiders (1-1) were led by freshmen duo Carl Sopczyk (Glens Falls, NY/Glens Falls) and Michael Taylor (Broadview Heights/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) as they each tallied four points in the contest. Sopczyk scored three goals and had one assist while Taylor had three assists and one goal in the victory for the Raiders.

The Tomcats (0-3) were led by junior Carmen Papa who tallied three points with two goals and one assist. Junior Francis Ahia and freshman Sean Loney both tallied two points as they both scored twice for the Tomcats.

Thiel scored first in the game at the 10:10 mark before the Raiders scored three unanswered goals to take the 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. Mount Union would shut out the Tomcats as freshman Collin Peters (Portland, Ore./Sunset) tallied four saves, as Raiders took the 6-1 lead into the halftime break.

Mount Union would score the first two goals in the third quarter as freshmen duo Andrew Rosati (Streetsboro/Walsh-Jesuit) and Josh Stephens (North Canton/Green) buried goals in the back of the net for the Raiders. Thiel's Papa would score a goal with 11:17 remaining in the third quarter would cut Mount Union's lead to six, 8-2.

The Raiders would outscore the Tomcats for the remainder of the quarter 4-3 before taking the 12-5 lead going into the fourth and final quarter.

Thiel would outscore Mount Union 3-1 in the fourth quarter before the Raiders went on for the victory 13-8.

Mount Union hosts Centre (Ky.) Saturday, March 9th at 3:00 pm at Mount Union Stadium.

Lacrosse Box Score ( Final)
Thiel (Pa.) vs. Mount Union (Wed, March 6, 2013 at Alliance, Ohio)
Thiel (Pa.) (0-3,) vs. Mount Union (1-1,)
Date: Wed, March 6, 2013
Attendance: 88

Goals by period Thiel (Pa.) Mount Union
1st 1 3
2nd 0 3
3rd 4 6
4th 3 1
Tot 8 13

Scoring summary:
  Prd Time Team Type Goal scorer Assist H-V
1 1st 10:10 Thiel (Pa.) Even Francis Ahia 
2 1st 04:55 Mount Union Even Carl Sopczyk (1) Josh Bender  1-1
3 1st 01:47 Mount Union Even Michael Taylor (1) Josh Stephens  2-1
4 1st 01:14 Mount Union Even Carl Sopczyk (2) Kyle Pavilonis  3-1
5 2nd 10:08 Mount Union Even Mike Richardson (1) Michael Taylor  4-1
6 2nd 08:06 Mount Union Even Carl Sopczyk (3) Michael Taylor  5-1
7 2nd 07:40 Mount Union Even Josh Bender (4) Michael Taylor 6-1
8 3rd 14:18 Mount Union Even Andrew Rosati (1)
9 3rd 13:02 Mount Union Even Josh Stephens (3) Mike O'Connell 8-1
10 3rd 11:17 Thiel (Pa.) Even Carmen Papa  Tim O'Shea  8-2
11 3rd 09:50 Mount Union Even Josh Bender (5) Carl Sopczyk  9-2
12 3rd 08:34 Mount Union Even Josh Stephens (4)
13 3rd 08:28 Mount Union Even Andrew Dorman (1)
14 3rd 06:51 Mount Union Even Shane Breckenridge (1)
15 3rd 03:40 Thiel (Pa.) Even Sean Loney  Carmen Papa  12-3
16 3rd 02:47 Thiel (Pa.) Even Francis Ahia 
17 3rd 01:29 Thiel (Pa.) Even Alex Casile
18 4th 14:20 Thiel (Pa.) Even Carmen Papa
19 4th 13:38 Mount Union Even Shane Breckenridge (2)
20 4th 05:21 Thiel (Pa.) Man up Tim O'Shea 
21 4th 01:15 Thiel (Pa.) Man up Sean Loney Zachary Macurak  13-8

 Thiel (Pa.) 30, Mount Union 48
Shots on goal: Thiel (Pa.) 17, Mount Union 25
Saves: Thiel (Pa.) 12, Mount Union 9