Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
MONTREAT, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's lacrosse team saw several program records fall Friday night as the team knocked off Montreat College by a score of 24-4 to capture its first victory of the season. The win pushes Lees-McRae's record to 1-2 on the young 2019 campaign.
As the final score would indicate, the Bobcats dominated the Cavaliers in almost every statistical category Friday. Lees-McRae outshot Montreat 53-23, while also holding the edge in ground balls (24 to 11) and in face-offs (21-for-31). To put Friday's performance in perspective, Lees-McRae broke program records in goals scored in a game (24), points in a game (38) and largest margin of victory in a game (20).
Individually, the Bobcats had several players stuff the stat sheet. Alec Molander led the way scoring 13 points (8g, 5a) in the victory. With his eight goals Friday, Molander is now the all-time leading goal scorer in program history with 122 goals. That wasn't the only record Molander broke as he also broke program single-game records for points in a game (13) and goals in a game (8).
On top of Molander's stellar performance, Jake Leath (3g, 2a), Jonathan Barry (2g, 2a), Ryan Beauchamp (2g), Craig Barr (4g), Ethan Knight (2g), Jackson Galloway (2g) and Matt Clary (2a) all had multi-point outings. Bryce James, Landon Barrow, Carson Ward and Jack Callahan also picked up points in the victory. For James, Ward, Galloway and Callahan, the points they picked up Friday are their first collegiate points.
Senior Cameron Castle picked up his first win of the season in goal for the Bobcats. Castle stopped eight of the 12 shots he faced Friday on his way to collecting his 11th career win.
Lees-McRae will look to get a winning streak started next Saturday when it host Wilmington University (Del.) in its first home game of the season. Saturday's game is scheduled for a noon first face-off and will be played at Watauga High School in Boone, North Carolina.