Cothron Wins 17-of-22 Faceoff Attempts, Earns 15 Ground Balls
MT. OLIVE, N.C. – The Saint Leo men's lacrosse team dropped an overtime heartbreaker to Mt. Olive in south region action on Wednesday afternoon at Amon Field. The loss puts Saint Leo at an overall record of 5-3, while Mt. Olive wins its fourth straight, advancing its record to 7-1 on the season.
Saint Leo was led by Matt Obermeyer who netted a hat trick and added an assist for four points on the afternoon. Dylan Yonts and Kevin Hutchinson each scored twice, while Eric Gendron and Jake Kavanagh scored one apiece. Matt Weller, Miles Britton, Ryan McCarthy, and Gendron added to the Lions' scoring efforts with one assist apiece.
The Trojans saw two players score three goals each as Matt Shields and Cameron Walsh tallied hat tricks. Matt Shields matched Obermeyer in points, earning an assist on the day, while Dan Shields scored one goal and earned three assists for a four-point performance, as well.
Dave Moore made a total of seven saves on the day, facing a total of 32 shots and 17 shots on goal in 64:47 minutes of play. His counterpart for Mt. Olive, Ross Bowman, allowed nine goals while making 17 saves as he faced 38 shots from Saint Leo.
Will Cothron was 17-for-22 on faceoff attempts, leading the team with 15 ground balls.
The Trojans were first on the board thanks to a goal by Matt Shields off of an assist from Dan Shields with 8:29 on the clock. Hutchinson answered back four minutes later, however, putting Saint Leo in the game with the score tied at 1-1. Walsh closed out the first quarter with a goal with 57 ticks on the clock, leaving Saint Leo behind, 2-1 entering into the second quarter.
The Lions entered into the second stanza with intensity, and netted four straight to pull ahead of Mt. Olive, 5-2 with 7:15 to go before the half. The Trojans answered back on an unassisted goal by Walsh with 5:54 on the clock, but a late goal by Obermeyer set the score at 6-3 in favor of Saint Leo entering into the half.
The Trojans outscored Saint Leo 3-2 in the third quarter, pulling to within two with a score of 8-6, and continued their momentum into the final period as the Shields brothers teamed up once again to pull within one of Saint Leo, 8-7.
Yonts found a feed from McCarthy to pull the Lions ahead by two, 9-7, with 9:38 to go in the game, but Mt. Olive used the remaining time in regulation to score two unanswered goals to pull even. Fighting until the very end to try to secure the win in regulation, the Lions fired off a shot with two seconds to go, but a save by Bowman kept the score tied at 9-9 and sent the teams to overtime.
Saint Leo won the faceoff to open extended action, and took full advantage of their possession. Ryan Burke fired a shot with 2:07 on the clock that ricocheted off the post, but a ground ball by Paul Aramanda kept Saint Leo in control. Obermeyer tried to secure the win with 1:39 to go, but Bowman made the save once again and UMO took to their attacking end.
Moore was able to make a save with 48 seconds on the clock, but a penalty by the Lions put the Trojans in a man-up situation. Mt. Olive used their extra man offense to secure the win, scoring with 18 seconds to go in the first overtime period thanks to a shot by Dan Shields off of an assist by Matt Shields.
The Saint Leo men's lacrosse team returns to action on Saturday, March 22, when they host Lynn University in Sunshine State Conference action. Game time against the Fighting Knights is set for 1 p.m. at University Turf Stadium.
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