BANNER ELK, N.C. - Despite the eight inches of snow and freezing temperatures, the Williams Gymnasium on the campus of Lees-McRae College was heated by a dodgeball rivalry between the Lady Bobcats women's lacrosse team and the women's soccer team. The event was held as a fundraiser for the two teams Wednesday, February 4th.
Head coaches Amanda Chase (women's lacrosse) and Renee Lopez
(women's soccer) conceived the idea as a challenge between the two
teams to raise money.
The spirited competition got underway shortly after 8:30 p.m. and lasted roughly to 9:30 p.m. The coaches had DJ Mario McClunie, a referee and a fired up crowd for the four-game event.
The first game acted as an exhibition set for the two squads. The soccer team outnumbered the lacrosse team and took the victory, but the real fireworks of the night were just about to begin.
After the squads evened their numbers for the first game in the best two of three series. To even the numbers the women's soccer team would rotate players into the game as a ball was caught so each athlete would see action in the match.
Game one started off slightly slow, but the action rose when the lacrosse team took a slight advantaged in numbers then opened up the game to earn the win. Laura Hawthorne gave Chase's squad the boost in game one.
Trailing by a game, Lopez turned to the skill of her goalies to make the plays for her team. Goalies Marissa Middleton and Brittany Bolton both made several critical catches to earn two-player swings and the game two win for the soccer team. Soccer assistant coach Anna Betton was making the strategic calls on the court for the team.
But with the match tied at one set all, Chase rallied her team with a spirited intermission pep talk. The lacrosse team came barreling out from all sides to ignite the crowd and their squad in set three. The energy spilled over into the set as the lacrosse squad picked off the soccer girls to seal the win. Captains Julia Campbell and Susan Dael highlighted the squad's set three victory.
"We practice long, hard hours in the locker room by throwing the dodgeballs at each other working on our dodging skills," Campbell said. " I think our practice paid off."
"It was a lot of fun," Chase said. "We had a blast taking on the soccer girls, and I hope they enjoyed it as well. There's nothing like a friendly game of dodgeball to begin a new season! Thanks to all that came out for the game--we appreciate your support! Also, thanks to Mario for being the DJ and providing the commentary for the fans during the event."
"The dodgeball game was a blast," Betton said. "Even though we lost a hard fought battle, it was all in good fun! We appreciate everyone coming out and showing support for both our teams."
"It was a fun time had by all," Lopez added. "Coach Chase truly had prepared her team to dominate us in the final game."
The teams received a tremendous amount of support from fans that paid to see the match.
"What a great atmosphere for the student-athletes, campus and community, not to mention a unique fundraiser a lot of teams will soon consider," Assistant Athletic Director Craig McPhail said.