Mount Olive closed within three goals in the final three minutes, but got no closer and the Trojans dropped a 15-10 Conference Carolinas men's lacrosse game to Queens University Saturday afternoon in Charlotte, N.C. Matt Shields, Daniel Shields and Jake Duarte each scored twice for the Trojans.
The Royals (7-5 Overall, 4-2 Conference Carolinas) extended a four-goal cushion to 12-6 with a pair of goals in the first five minutes of the fourth period.
After Spencer Gelinas scored for the Trojans with 9:34 remaining, the Trojans were still facing an uphill battle that got steeper when the Royals got insurance in a Kevin Hornik tally with 8:20 left.
Then the Trojans made their move. First, Blake Bennett assisted on a Nick Sanderson goal at the 6:26 mark, then Cameron Walsh provided an assist to Jake Hancock to make it 13-10 with 4:10 left and Alex Tindall fed Walsh to close the gap to 13-10 with 3:19 remaining.
It got no closer. After Tindall's goal, Kenneth Stryker won the ensuing face-off and raced down the field and delivered the back-breaker. A man-up goal in the final two minutes for the Royals closed out the scoring.
Mount Olive found itself in a hole early against Queens as the Royals took advantage of face-off dominance to score three goals in 55 seconds. Queens built the lead to 4-0 as the hosts took the game's first nine shots.
The Trojans' first attempt led to Mount Olive's first goal, coming from Matt Shields. Shields closed the gap to 4-2 later in the period. The Trojans got within one goal at 5-4 on Duarte's first goal with 6:55 left in the first half. Mount Olive was never able to pull even.
Hancock, Gelinas, Walsh and Sanderson each scored a goal for the Trojans, while Walsh delivered two assists.
The Trojans close out their regular season next Saturday when Mount Olive travels to Belmont Abbey for a 1 p.m. start. Belmont Abbey's loss to Limestone Saturday keeps the Trojans in fourth place, one-half game ahead of BAC for the final spot in the Conference Carolinas Tournament in two weeks.
Belmont Abbey travels to winless Lees-McRae Wednesday. If Belmont Abbey wins, next Saturday's contest with the Trojans is for the final tournament spot.