ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's lacrosse broke a 3-3 game open with nine goals in the third quarter and went on to a 16-6 win over Wilmington in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Friday at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.
The Purple Raiders, who have won 10-straight games, are 11-3 overall and at 3-0 in the OAC clinch a berth in the four-team inaugrual OAC Tournament in two weeks.
Josh Stephens (North Canton/Green) led Mount Union on offense with a career-best five goals -- three of them coming in a pivotal third quarter.
The game was tied 3-3 at the break when each team scored in the opening two minutes of the third quarter to knot the score at 4-4.
Stephens scored a pair of goals -- an unassisted score at the 12:10 mark and a man-up goal just over two minutes later that sparked a Mount Union run that included nine more unanswered goals that gave the Raiders a commanding 15-4 lead with 7:40 left in the game.
Wilmington (4-10, 0-3) would score two of the final three goals for the 16-6 final.
Mount Union stays home to play Baldwin Wallace in an OAC game next Wednesday, April 23 at 7 pm at Mount Union Stadium.
Mount Union 16, Wilmington 6
Mount Union Stadium - Alliance, Ohio
Team 1-2-3-4 Final
Wilmington 1-2-1-2 6
Mount Union 1-2-9-4 16
Wilmington: Chris Hein (1-0), Reid Delaney (3-0), Jalen Jackson (1-1), Nick Perry (1-0)
Mount Union: Derek Thomas (1-0), Stephen Jones (1-2), Josh Stephens (5-0), Hogan Harris (2-2), Toren Moore (2-1), Josh Bender (1-0), Chris Daley (2-1), Carl Sopczyk (1-0), Andrew Dorman (1-0), Michael Taylor (0-1).
Wilmington: Paul Koerbel 13 saves (16 GA)
Mount Union: Collin Peters 5 saves (5 GA in 56:11), Jacob Bertone 0 saves (1 GA in 3:49)
Shots: Mount Union 46, Wilmington 16|
Ground Balls: Mount Union 28, Wilmington 27
Clears: Mount Union 11-of-11, Wilmington 7-of-7
Faceoffs: Mount Union 13-of-26, Wilmington 13-of-26