Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's lacrosse team will be back in action on Friday with a trip to Montreat for a non-conference matchup. The first face-off between the Bobcats and Cavaliers is set for 5 p.m.
Last time out – Lees-McRae fell on the road to Tusculum by a score of 23-8 last Saturday. The loss pushes Lees-McRae's 2019 record to 0-2 on the young season.
Senior has record in his sights – After a rare game where he did not beat the goalkeeper last Saturday, senior attackman Alec Molander still needs five goals to become the program's all-time leader in goals scored. Molander would pass former teammate Dane Carney, who netted 118 goals during his time as a Bobcat.
Sophomore stepping up – A player that has stepped up his game this season has been sophomore Craig Barr. Barr currently leads the Bobcats with seven goals this season. To put that number in perspective, Barr finished his freshman season with 13 goals in nine games played.
Taking the ball away – The Bobcats currently rank second in the conference in causing turnovers with 18 through two games. This mark only ranks behind Barton this spring, who has caused 22 turnovers. Junior Luke Strong has led these efforts for Lees-McRae with five turnovers caused to his credit this season.
About Montreat – Like Lees-McRae, Montreat comes into Friday's game with a 0-2 record on the 2019 campaign. The Cavaliers dropped a 17-10 decision to Brevard before falling to Queens (N.C) by a score of 16-2. Montreat does have a varied offense with seven different players with goals to their credit so far.
Series history vs. opponent – The Bobcats and Cavaliers have matched up in each of the past two seasons. Lees-McRae has come up on the winning side in both matchups, including an exciting 14-13 victory in overtime last season.