No. 15 Trojans Down Florida Southern 12-8

Photo by Bobby Williams
Photo by Bobby Williams

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The 15th-ranked University of Mount Olive men's lacrosse team defeated the Mocs of Florida Southern College in non-conference action Saturday afternoon at Ray McDonald Sr. Sports Complex in Mount Olive, N.C.

Score: No. 15 Mount Olive 12, Florida Southern 8
Records: Mount Olive (6-1), Florida Southern (2-3)
Location: Ray McDonald Sports Complex, Mount Olive, N.C

How It Happened


  • Florida Southern started the game by causing a turnover by Mount Olive and after a successful clear scored the first goal with 13:01 and went up 1-0.
  • It took the Trojans near four minutes to find an answer as Austin Whitlow found Gunner Parson for the equalizer with 9:13.
  • The Mocs then went onto to score two back to back goals with under eight minutes to play and took a 3-1 lead.
  • Brody Sullivan helped even the game as he scored twice in 30 seconds off passes from Connor Watson and Tyler Keele and Mount Olive tied the game with 6:18 left in the quarter.
  • The Trojans finally went ahead with a goal from Thatcher Clark with over five minutes to play but the score was answered by FSC and the two teams went into the second tied at four.


  • Florida Southern scored first 45 seconds into the second and held the 5-4 lead for just over four minutes.
  • Tim Collins helped knot the game at five with his score at the 10:42 mark.
  • The Mocs regained the lead at 6-5 with 8:10 remaining before halftime, but UMO did not let the lead stand.
  • Mount Olive found Clark twice more before the half ended and regained the lead at 7-6 as the half came to a close.


  • The third quarter saw only two scores and both were by the Trojans. Brody Sullivan (11:32) and Gunner Parson (5:01) put Mount Olive up by three as the Trojans went into the final quarter.


  • In the fourth, Mount Olive continued their run that had started in the second with three additional scores to begin the quarter. Keele and Watson pushed the Trojans lead to 12-6 with seven minutes left.
  • Florida Southern did score twice following UMO's three goals, however, it was not enough to stage a comeback as the Mocs fell.


Mount Olive will return to action March, 16 when the Trojans will host Wingate University at the Ray McDonald Sr. Sports Complex in Mount Olive, N.C. The first face-off is set for 1 p.m.