Photo Credit to Kyle Castle
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Freshman Alec Molander put on an offensive clinic with five goals and five assists and teammate Dane Carney added four goals and three assists while the Lees-McRae men's lacrosse team came up short in a thriller to Young Harris, 16-15, Saturday afternoon at Tate Field in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Mountain Lions (8-4) overcame a sluggish start while Connor Leies led the offense with five goals and a pair of assists. The Bobcats (2-8) was perfect on clear attempts in every quarter but the second while finishing 24-of-26 in the contest.
Both teams fired off 45 shots in the game while YHC committed 25 turnovers.
Carney (Manchester, England) staked the Bobcats to an early 1-0 lead thanks to a spot-on pass from Molander (Saanichton, British Columbia).
Canadian compadre Tanner Jones (Comox Valley, British Columbia) found the back of the net with 9:12 left in the first, 2-1.
Carney grabbed two more assists in the first quarter while Molander and junior Blaine Stottlar (Clinton, N.Y.) recorded goals. Stottlar's came on a man-up advantage.
Coach Darry Thornton's team held a +9 (15-6) advantage in shots after one quarter.
Carney and Stottlar registered goals in the second quarter.
After a pair of Mountain Lion goals, LMC dominated the final 10 minutes of the third.
Molander picked apart YHC's Sean Dever by scoring three unassisted goals. Stottlar and Jones followed suit by tallying a goal in the frame.
Leies produced a hat trick in the fourth while his team led by four, however, the Bobcats wouldn't back down.
LMC scored three times in the final 2:38. Carney netted his third goal of the contest with 1:35 left while Louis Parks (Mays Landing, N.J.) garnered an assist.
Molander fed Carney an assist with 51 ticks left.
Molander scooped six groundballs.
Freshman Cameron Castle (Fort Collins, Colo.) stonewalled 18 shots while playing the entire contest.
Senior Dillon Quinn (Greensboro, N.C.) won nine face offs.
LMC opens a three-game road swing with a trip to Mount Olive in a Conference Carolinas battle Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m. in Mount Olive, N.C.
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