Goalkeeper Ross Bowman recorded 11 saves and scored a goal on the offensive end as University of Mount Olive extended its winning streak to a school record seven games with a 16-5 victory over Florida Tech in non-conference men's lacrosse Sunday at Amon Field. The Trojans have held their opponent under 10 goals in each of their nine wins this season.
Spencer Gelinas' goal put Mount Olive (9-1) on the scoreboard three minutes into the contest and the Trojans added three goals in a span of 59 seconds to extend the lead to 4-0 with 8:22 left in the first period. The score remained the same for nearly six minutes until Bowman caught Florida Tech off guard.
Bowman recorded a save with 2:50 left in the first period. He then took off down the middle of the field and after crossing into the attack area, shot and scored from 12 yards out to give Mount Olive a 5-0 lead after one period.
The goal was the first of Bowman's career and the first ever by a Trojan goalkeeper.
Mount Olive scored three goals in the first three minutes of the second period to extend its lead to 8-0 before Florida Tech (2-7) got on the scoreboard. Nick Wynne's shot from the right side deflected off of a Panther stick and the ball trickled over the goal line to end Bowman's and the Trojans' shutout bid with 11:30 left before halftime.
After the two teams' traded goals, Cameron Walsh scored a pair of goals 32 seconds apart in the final four-plus minutes and the Trojans led 11-2 at the half.
The Trojans built the lead to 15-2 in the third when Bowman went down with an injury after taking a laser shot in the midsection with 6:43 left. Bowman was on the ground for a brief time before leaving the field under his own power and was back in goal three minutes later.
The Trojans' winning streak matches their win total from last year's inaugural season.
Wynne scored three goals for Florida Tech and Mike Marshner added a pair of goals to account for all of the Panthers' scoring. The loss was only Florida Tech's third this season by more than one goal. Three of the Panthers' losses have come in overtime.
Mount Olive received votes in the USILA Division II Men's Lacrosse Top 15 Poll in each of the last two weeks. After posting a 3-0 record since the most recent poll, the Trojans could be in line for the first-ever national ranking in the brief history of the school's men's lacrosse program.
Sunday's contest ended Mount Olive's five-game homestand as the Trojans will be on the road for a pair of Conference Carolinas road games against nationally ranked teams. Mount Olive heads to Gaffney, S.C., Saturday to take on No. 3 Limestone. Game time is 3 p.m.