Men's Lacrosse Defeats Nationally Eighth-Ranked Mercyhurst 13-9

Men's Lacrosse Defeats Nationally Eighth-Ranked Mercyhurst 13-9

Spencer Gelinas' goal with 7:42 left to play broke a 9-9 tie and University of Mount Olive went on to defeat nationally eighth-ranked Mercyhurst 13-9 in non-conference men's lacrosse Saturday at Amon Field. Brett Kingston led the Trojans with four goals, including two in the final four minutes to seal the win.

Mount Olive (2-0) led 9-7 after Matt Shields scored a goal with 10:37 remaining in the contest. Mercyhurst (0-1) rallied to tie the game after goals by Keyan McQueens and Connor Enright.

Just 62 seconds after the Lakers tied the contest, Gelinas put the Trojans ahead to stay with his second goal of the game. Mount Olive held to a one-goal lead until Kingston scored his third goal of the contest with 4:06 left. Alex Tindall and Kingston scored goals 34 seconds apart with less than three minutes remaining to cap the scoring.

Mount Olive was down a goal at halftime and trailed 4-2 early in the third period before Cody Dowling's goal triggered a 3-0 Trojan run. Gelinas tied the game and Kingston, who assisted on Dowling's goal, put the Trojans on top 5-4 with 7:36 left in the third period. Mount Olive continued to lead until Mercyhurst tied the game in the fourth period.

Jake Duarte had a game-high three assists for Mount Olive in his first game at Amon Field since 2013. Duarte missed all of last season with an injury.

Saturday's win was Mount Olive's third in its three-year history over a nationally ranked team. The Trojans defeated nationally ranked Pfeiffer twice last season.

Mount Olive returns to action Wednesday as the Trojans play host to Wingate in a non-conference match-up. Game time is 4 p.m. at Amon Field.