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No. 9 Lawrence Tech Falls to Hope 14-13 in Season Opener on Friday Night

BEVERLY HILLS, Mich. – The No. 9-ranked Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University men's lacrosse team comeback fell short against Hope (Mich.) College 14-13.

Lawrence Tech (2-1) fell behind 6-1 early in the game as Hope scored six of the game's first seven goals. Justin Light (SO/Hartland, Mich.) got the lone Blue Devil goal of the first period on an assist from Brendan Oles (SR/Warren, Mich.). Lawrence Tech outscored the Flying Dutchmen 3-2 in the second period to cut it to 8-4 at the break. Aidan Nolan(SO/Clarkston, Mich.) scored a pair of goals with Light notching his second of the night. Maveric Muscat (FR/Hartland, Mich.) earned his first collegiate assist on the final goal of the period.

Hope (1-0) was able to extend their lead coming out of halftime, scoring four of the first five goals to make it 12-5 with 9:43 left in the third. The Blue Devils responded with two straight goals – one from Dylan Couture (SO/Hartland, Mich.) and one from Light – to cut it to 12-7. Hope added a pair of goals to end the third period, but six straight goals by Lawrence Tech in the fourth made it 14-13 with 35 seconds left.

Light opened the scoring in on and assist from Oles followed by Brendan Mullins (SO/Royal Oak, Mich.) first goal of the season. Light scored his fourth of the night followed by Mullins second. Oles scored the final two goals of the game to give Lawrence Tech a chance to send it to overtime, but Hope was able to secure the faceoff and hold on for the win.

Lawrence Tech finished the game with 31 shots compared to 49 by the Flying Dutchmen. Joel Trent (SO/South Lyon, Mich.) made 14 saves on 28 shots on goal for the Blue Devils. Light led the way with four goals followed by Oles with three goals and two assists. Nolan and Mullins each scored two apiece.

Lawrence Tech is back on the field March 3 when they face No. 1-ranked Reinhardt (Ga.) University at 1 p.m. in Williamsburg, Ky. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. on the campus of University of the Cumberlands.