Men's Lacrosse: Mount Union Picks Up Second Win Of the Season at Thiel

Andrew Rosati (Photo by Lenny Reich)

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Mount Union's men's lacrosse team tallied a season-high 17 goals in a 17-7 at Thiel Wednesday in Greenville, Pa.

Michael Taylor (Broadview Hts/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) and Josh Stephens (North Canton/Green) each had three goals as Mount Union moved to 2-3 on the season.

After Chris Daley (Wilmington, Del./Dupont) started the scoring with a goal just 2:02 into the contest.

Taylor and Stevens got on the board with goals at the 10:42 and 8:15 marks respectively to stake the Purple Raiders out to a 3-0 lead.

Thiel (1-2) then charged back with a pair of goals to make it 3-2 before Stephen Jones (Hudson/Hudson) and Stephens each scored to push the lead out to 5-2.  Thiel finished the quarter with a man-up goal with 1:06 left and the quarter ended with the Raiders holding a 5-3 lead.

Mount Union then scored five unanswered goals in the first 10 minutes in the second quarter -- Hogan Harris (Medina/Medina), Carl Sopczyk (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls), Stephens, Jones and Taylor -- all scored during the run that gave the Raiders a commanding 10-3 lead.

Thiel scored twice before halftime to close the gap to 10-5 at the break.

Mount Union again got off to an early start scoring four more goals in the first eight minutes of the third quater.  Taylor started the scoring with a man-up goal, Harris followed then Jack Wesner (Medina/Medina) and Josh Bender (Delaware/Delaware Hayes) then got into the scoring column as the Raiders led 14-5 after three quarters.

Thiel tallied a goal early in the fourth quarter before Daley and Sopczyk each scored again and left the score 16-6.

Each teams got a final goal with Thiel scoring just over five minutes to play and Derek Thomas (Erie, Pa./McDowell) finishing the scoring with a goal to go along for his team-high two assists for the 17-7 final.

Mount Union finished the game with a 38-32 advantage in shots.

Collin Peters (Portland, Ore./Sunset) had nine saves and gave up six goals in getting the victory in goal for the Raiders.

Mount Union next plays Kenyon Saturday, March 15 at 2 pm at Mount Union Stadium.

SCORING 1 2 3 4 FINAL
Mount Union (2-3,) 5 5 4 3 17
Thiel (Pa.) (1-2,) 3 2 0 2 7
SCORING SUMMARY
-- 1st -- Mount Union Thiel (Pa.)
Mount Union 12:58 Chris Daley (unassisted) 1 0
Mount Union 10:42 Michael Taylor (Carl Sopczyk) 2 0
Mount Union 08:15 Josh Stephens (unassisted) 3 0
Thiel (Pa.) 06:48 Carmen Papa (unassisted) 3 1
Thiel (Pa.) 05:53 Zachary Macurak (unassisted) 3 2
Mount Union 05:11 Stephen Jones (unassisted) 4 2
Mount Union 02:57 Josh Stephens (unassisted) 5 2
Thiel (Pa.) 01:06 UP - Timothy O'Shea (unassisted) 5 3
-- 2nd -- Mount Union Thiel (Pa.)
Mount Union 13:55 Hogan Harris (unassisted) 6 3
Mount Union 12:54 Carl Sopczyk (Derek Thomas) 7 3
Mount Union 10:28 Josh Stephens (Hogan Harris) 8 3
Mount Union 07:28 Stephen Jones (unassisted) 9 3
Mount Union 05:02 Michael Taylor (Jack Wesner) 10 3
Thiel (Pa.) 04:13 Carmen Papa (unassisted) 10 4
Thiel (Pa.) 01:22 Carmen Papa (unassisted) 10 5
-- 3rd -- Mount Union Thiel (Pa.)
Mount Union 13:25 UP - Michael Taylor (Chris Daley) 11 5
Mount Union 11:01 Hogan Harris (Joe Sanislo) 12 5
Mount Union 10:13 Jack Wesner (unassisted) 13 5
Mount Union 06:51 Josh Bender (Derek Thomas) 14 5
-- 4th -- Mount Union Thiel (Pa.)
Thiel (Pa.) 13:32 Francis Ahia (unassisted) 14 6
Mount Union 11:21 Chris Daley (Michael Taylor) 15 6
Mount Union 08:39 Carl Sopczyk (unassisted) 16 6
Thiel (Pa.) 05:07 Francis Ahia (unassisted) 16 7
Mount Union 03:47 Derek Thomas (unassisted) 17 7
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