STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Mount Union's men's lacrosse team defeated Franciscan 27-2 Wednesday evening at Memorial Field in Steubenville.
The Purple Raiders (5-4) were led by freshman Carl Sopczyk (Glens Falls, NY/Glens Falls) who tallied eight points on five goals and three assists. Freshman Hogan Harris (North Canton/Green) tallied seven points with six goals and one assist. Freshmen duo Michael Taylor (Broadview Heights/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) and Josh Bender (Delaware/Delaware Hayes) each tallied six points as Taylor scored four goals and had two assists and Bender scored five goals and had one assist.
The Barons (1-8) were led by Ryan Zbikowski who tallied two points with one goal and one assist as Sebastian Olsen scored the other goal for Franciscan.
Mount Union jumped out to an early 5-0 lead over the Barons as Sopczyk led the way with one goal and two assists in the first period. Franciscan's only two goals were in the second period as the Raiders outscored them 7-2 in the second taking the 12-2 lead into halftime.
The Raiders didn't shy away putting six more unanswered goals into the net in the third period before going into the final period of play up by 16 goals. Bender paced the fourth period as he scored all five of his goals in the fourth as the Raiders blanked the Barons 9-0 in the final period. Mount Union went on for the 27-2 victory over Franciscan.
Mount Union returns home next Wednesday, April 10th to host St. Vincent (Pa.) in Mount Union Stadium at 7:00 pm.
|Mount Union (5-4)||5||7||6||9||27|
|-- 1st --||Mount Union||Franciscan|
|Mount Union||12:45||Toren Moore (unassisted)||1||0|
|Mount Union||11:07||Carl Sopczyk (unassisted)||2||0|
|Mount Union||03:42||Liam Creagh (Carl Sopczyk)||3||0|
|Mount Union||03:02||Hogan Harris (Carl Sopczyk)||4||0|
|Mount Union||01:27||Michael Taylor (unassisted)||5||0|
|-- 2nd --||Mount Union||Franciscan|
|Franciscan||14:04||Sebastian Olsen (Ryan Zbikowski)||5||1|
|Franciscan||13:54||Ryan Zbikowski (Patrick McNamara)||5||2|
|Mount Union||13:33||UP - Toren Moore (Josh Stephens)||6||2|
|Mount Union||13:03||Michael Taylor (Nick Ameo)||7||2|
|Mount Union||10:37||Carl Sopczyk (unassisted)||8||2|
|Mount Union||08:20||Carl Sopczyk (Josh Bender)||9||2|
|Mount Union||03:50||Michael Taylor (unassisted)||10||2|
|Mount Union||01:40||Hogan Harris (Toren Moore)||11||2|
|Mount Union||01:13||Hogan Harris (Michael Taylor)||12||2|
|-- 3rd --||Mount Union||Franciscan|
|Mount Union||10:45||Michael Taylor (Thomas O'Connell)||13||2|
|Mount Union||09:12||Hogan Harris (Thomas O'Connell)||14||2|
|Mount Union||07:09||Carl Sopczyk (Hogan Harris)||15||2|
|Mount Union||02:27||Hogan Harris (Carl Sopczyk)||16||2|
|Mount Union||01:27||Andrew Rosati (Zach Maxey)||17||2|
|Mount Union||01:05||Carl Sopczyk (unassisted)||18||2|
|-- 4th --||Mount Union||Franciscan|
|Mount Union||13:53||Hogan Harris (Michael Taylor)||19||2|
|Mount Union||13:33||Mike O'Connell (Zach Maxey)||20||2|
|Mount Union||11:59||UP - Josh Bender (unassisted)||21||2|
|Mount Union||11:11||Nick Ameo (unassisted)||22||2|
|Mount Union||09:49||Andrew Dorman (unassisted)||23||2|
|Mount Union||08:08||Andrew Rosati (unassisted)||24||2|
|Mount Union||04:10||Josh Bender (Nick Ameo)||25||2|
|Mount Union||00:39||Josh Bender (Mike Richardson)||26||2|
|Mount Union||00:19||Josh Bender (Nick Ameo)||27||2|
|SHOTS ON GOAL||TOTAL|