No 14. Trojans Slay Dragons 14-13

No 14. Trojans Slay Dragons 14-13

No. 14 University of Mount Olive held off the Tiffin University Dragons 14-13 in a back and forth match Monday afternoon in non-conference women's lacrosse at Amon Field in Mount Olive, N.C. Riann Daziel broke the single game goal record with nine goals for the game. The previous record was held by Claire Wigler (6) whom combined with Daziel to score all of Mount Olive's goals.

Mount Olive (6-0) fell behind in the opening minute as Tiffin's (0-2) Tori Nelson found the back of the net 46 seconds into the first half. Daziel did not allow the Trojans to trail for long as the senior attacker scored unassisted with 27:13 remaining. 

The game went on to be tied five more times in the first half as the score climbed up to eight all with under six and a half minutes before halftime. Wigler put the Trojans back on top just before the half as she struck for goal with 1:36 and Mount Olive led 9-8.

Tiffin started the second half with the momentum as two goals by Emily Roussel (26:48) and Nelson (24:22) gave the Dragons the lead 10-9. 

Mount Olive countered with the combination of Daziel and Wigler to give the Trojans back the lead with 16:22. Nelson tied the game for Tiffin for the ninth time with an unassisted goal at the 13:12 mark.

Wigler and Daziel combined for another set of goals to push Mount Olive back on top 13-11 with just over nine minutes remaining. 

The Trojans allowed the Dragons to tie the game again as Roussel scored back-to-back goals, the second coming with 2:15 remaining. Mount Olive however had the ball with under two minutes left and looked poised to strike for the game-winner. Mount Olive found the final goal off the stick of Daziel. 

Daziel tucked a shot behind the Tiffin keeper with 1:55 left in the game to give Mount Olive the lead for good as the defense locked down the Dragons for the remainder of the game.

Daziel (9) and Wigler (5) combined for all of Mount Olive's goals in the game. Wigler added a pair of assists and two draw controls. Daziel also added an assist and picked up three ground balls. Nicholle Galletti led the defense with three caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Sarah Snell came in for the second half and picked up her first win on the season for Mount Olive in goal. Snell faced nine shots and recorded four saves.

Mount Olive will travel down to face No. 13 Florida Southern College Sunday March 6 at 1 p.m.