Men's Lacrosse: Mount Union Rallies For Win in Season Opener

Alek Kungle (Photo by Connie Motter)
Alek Kungle (Photo by Connie Motter)

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Mount Union's men's lacrosse team out-scored Thiel 3-0 in the fourth quarter and rallied for an 11-10 win in the season opener Saturday.

The Purple Raiders (1-0) led for a total of 4:02 for the game but a goal from junior Alek Kungle (Hartville / Lake) with 2:48 remaining was the game-winner.

Freshman Logan Gebhart (McDonald, Pa. / Canon-McMillan) had a game-high five goals in his first collegiate game to lead Mount Union. The Raiders also got two goals from senior Sean O'Loughlin (Hudson) and single goals from Kungle, senior Matt Bisono (Deer Park, N.Y.), sophomore Kincaid Mrakovich (Poland / Poland Seminary) and freshman Eli Ciotti (Canonsburg, Pa. / Linsly School).

Nick Sylvis had four goals to pace Thiel (0-1).

Thiel opened the scoring with a pair of goals before Ciotti scored for the Raiders to make it 2-1 after one quarter.

The Tomcats scored first before Mount Union scored three straight from Gebhart, O'Loughlin and Mrakovich's goal with 10:50 left in the second quarter and gave the Raiders a 4-3 lead. That lead led only 1:14 before Thiel scored to tie the game and retook the lead, 5-4 with 5:36 before halftime. Gebhart scored and Thiel put one more on the board and led 6-5 at halftime.

Thiel outscored the Raiders, 4-2 over the first eight minutes of the third quarter to take a 10-7 lead. Bisono started the Mount Union rally with a goal just under four minutes left in the quarter and it was 10-8 heading into the final frame.

Gehart tied the game with pair of goals in the fourth quarter to set up Kungle's eventual game winner. Two assists in the fourth quarter came from sophomore Logan Addonizio (Wixom, Mich. / Walled Lake Western).

Sophomore Brook McClay (Cincinnati / Indian Hill) got 10 saves for the win in goal in his first start for the Raiders.

Mount Union is back in Western Pennsylvania next week playing against Chatham Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. in Pittsburgh.