February 20, 2013

Bears hold off Bobcats, 10-2

BOONE, N.C. --- Sophomore Jeff White (Middle Township, N.J.) scored two goals and Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, Fla.) tallied 13 saves to pace the Lees-McRae College men's lacrosse team as Lenoir-Rhyne University defeated the Bobcats, 10-2, at Watauga High School on Wednesday evening.

Lenoir-Rhyne (1-2) outshot Lees-McRae (0-4) by a 42-10 margin, including a 21-5 advantage in the first half, while converting 16-of-18 clears and scoping up 42 ground balls. The Bobcats converted 11-of-19 clears in the contest.

White paced the Bobcats with two goals on four shots, including three on goal, as he and Dillon Quinn (Greensboro, N.C.) each recorded a team-high three ground balls. Ryan Sparks (Hilton Head, S.C.) caused a trio of turnovers for the Bobcats, as Harrison stopped 13 of 23 shots directed toward his cage.

Ned Kaish led the way for Lenoir-Rhyne with four goals, as Connor Squires and Tyler Kotch each posted two goals and two assists. Stephen O'Hara tallied a game-high five ground balls, as he and Edward Guerin both caused four turnovers. Steven McGhee made five saves for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first half, taking a five-goal advantage into the intermission following a pair of second-quarter strikes by Squires. Kaish would push the lead to 8-0 with his third of the night with just eight seconds left in the third before White responded for the Bobcats, tallying his first of the contest at the 8:28 mark in the fourth quarter.

White scored his second six minutes later, rolling around the back of the net and delivering a diving finish to cut the lead to 9-2 with 2:15 left. Kaish capped the scoring in the final minute of play, pocketing his fourth of the night off a pass from Kotch.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Saturday when the Bobcats host Shorter University at 12 p.m. at Watauga High School in Boone, N.C. in non-conference action.

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