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Chloe Christensen
Chloe Christensen had two goals for the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Falls to 25th Ranked Mount Olive

In their final non-conference game of the season, the Lenoir-Rhyne women’s lacrosse team dropped an 18-8 decision at home against No. 25 Mount Olive on Wednesday evening.

Mount Olive got on the board first just 49 seconds into the game but LR had an answer. Kirra Olson scored her 14th goal of the season with 12:55 left in the first quarter to even the game at one. From there, Mount Olive scored five straight to take the upper hand. Hamilton had three of those five goals.

Hamilton also closed out the first half scoring with a goal at the 4:18 mark of the second quarter to give the Trojans a 10-3 edge. Each team scored twice in the third quarter making it 12-5.

On two occasions, the Trojans pushed the advantage to 10 goals, including a goal with two seconds left on the clock to make the final 18-8. Eight different goal scorers scored once for the Bears. Kaitlyn Cavanaugh, Hannah Shuren and Jolan Morey all added an assist to go with their solo goals.

Chloe Christensen led the Bears with five draw controls and Liz Black paced LR with three caused turnovers and four ground balls. UMO held a slight 30-28 edge in shots and each team had 16 turnovers.

A season-high eight cards were issued to the two teams with five going against Mount Olive. LR’s three cards came in a 1:04 span in the second quarter. LR wrapped up the year with a 1-6 mark in non-conference contests.

The Bears went 0-2 against Conference Carolinas squads this season. The 18 goals allowed ties a season high for LR. This was the first meeting between the two programs since 2018.Mount Olive has won four of the past five meetings.

The Bears are 5-8 on the season. Lenoir-Rhyne will return to action on Saturday when they host Tusculum at 1 p.m. for Senior Day.