Men's Lacrosse: Raiders Rally For First Win of Season; Mount Union Scores Three Unanswered in Final Eight Minutes

Hogan Harris
Hogan Harris

LATROBE, Pa. -- Mount Union's Josh Stephens (North Canton/Green) scored with 29 seconds left to rally the Purple Raiders to a 12-11 victory at St. Vincent Saturday in Latrobe, Pa.

Stephens capped a furious rally as Mount Union (1-1) trailed 11-8 with eight minutes left in the game.

Hogan Harris (Medina/Medina) started the rally with his team-best third goal of the game off an assist from Stephens at the 7:25 mark.

Jack Wesner (Medina/Medina) tied the game off a feed from Michael Taylor (Broadview Heights/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) with just 1:40 left in regulation.

Taylor started the scoring for Mount Union in the game's opening three minutes. 

St. Vincent (0-1) would then score two-straight before Stephens tied the game with 8:17 to play in the first quarter.  The Bearcats would then put three more on the board to lead 5-2 after one.

Mount Union would tie the game with three-straight goals in the second quarter as Harris, Josh Bender (Delaware/Delaware Hayes) and Toren Moore (Columbus/Hilliard Darby) would each score.

St. Vincent would score again before Evan Bauer (Maineville/Cincinnati Moeller) scored to tie the game at 6-6 at halftime.

The Bearcats again regained the lead with a score early in the third quarter before Moore and Harris scored and it was 8-7 Mount Union at the end of the period.

A man-up goal from Taylor in the first minute of the fourth quarter tied the game and St. Vincent seemed to take control with four straight scores before the Raider rally.

Bryce Pasquariello had four goals and five points while Steven Cosgrove had three goals and five points to lead St. Vincent.

Taylor had four points to lead the Mount Union offense.

Liam Creagh (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) paced the Raiders with nine ground balls while Mike Richardson (Parma/Holy Name) won nine faceoffs.

Collin Peters (Portland Ore./Sunset) made 11 saves and picked up the win in goal for Mount Union.

The Raiders next host Oberlin Wednesday at 7 pm in the home opener at Mount Union Stadium.

Mount Union (1-1) vs.                             SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
Saint Vincent (0-1)                               -------------------------------------
Date: Feb 22, 2014  Attendance: 314       Mount Union.........  2  4  2  4 - 12
Weather: 50, windy                                Saint Vincent.......  5  1  1  4 - 11

Mount Union SCORING: GOALS: Hogan Harris 3; Michael Taylor 2; Josh
Stephens 2; Toren Moore 2; Jack Wesner 1; Josh Bender 1; Evan Bauer 1.
ASSISTS: Michael Taylor 2; Chris Daley 1; Josh Stephens 1; Derek
Thomas 1; Jack Wesner 1.

Saint Vincent SCORING: GOALS: Bryce Pasquariello 4; Steven Cosgrove 3;
Nick Pensyl 1; Tim Oxenreiter 1; Sean Kretovics 1; Matt Mackey 1.
ASSISTS: Steven Cosgrove 2; Tim Oxenreiter 2; Nick Pensyl 2; Sean
Kretovics 1; Bryce Pasquariello 1.