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BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's lacrosse team will compete in a pair of Conference Carolinas contests this week to close out the month of March. First, LMC will travel to take on North Greenville Wednesday at 4 p.m. After their matchup with the Crusaders, the Bobcats will host Chowan on Saturday at Watauga High School in Boone, North Carolina. Start time for that game is set for 1 p.m.
Last Time Out – Lees-McRae dropped a 20-3 decision at No. 12 Mount Olive on the 17th of March. The loss moved LMC's record to 1-2 on the season and 0-2 in league matchups.
Facing Tough Competition – The Bobcats have played very tough competition this spring with two of their three games coming against ranked teams. In addition to LMC's loss to No. 12 Mount Olive, the team also fell to No. 7 Limestone in late February, 21-8.
More points for Molander – Much like he has done throughout his career as a Bobcat, Molander is LMC's leading point scorer in 2018. The junior attackman has scored 10 goals to go along with three assists for a team-high 13 points. For his career, Molander has scored 162 points (88g, 74a), which is the second-most in the history of the program. Molander trails just former teammate Dane Carney, who had 176 points during his collegiate career, on that school's all-time scoring list.
About the Opponents – North Greenville enters Wednesday's game against Lees-McRae with a record of 5-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play. NGU has a balanced offense with five players having scored 10 or more points in 2018. Leading this charge has been Chris Carpenter with a team-high 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points.
Chowan is in just its second season of men's lacrosse in 2018. The Hawks have already surpassed their win total from a season ago with three victories this spring. CU has wins over Shorter, Embry-Riddle and Wilmington so far. Individually, the duo of Nick Lavoy and Anthony Alfonso have paced Chowan's attack. Lavoy has scored a team-high 33 goals, while Alfonso has tallied a team-best 14 assists as well.
Series Rewind – There is not a whole lot of history between the Bobcats and their two opponents this week. LMC has never defeated North Greenville in three previous meetings. The Crusaders upended the Bobcats by the score of 20-8 last season. As for Chowan, Lees-McRae defeated the Hawks in the only previous matchup last year, 20-16.