Photo Courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's lacrosse team will open its Conference Carolinas schedule on Sunday as it takes on No. 17 Mount Olive at Watauga High School in Boone, North Carolina. First face-off between the Bobcats and Trojans is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Last time out – The Bobcats picked up their second consecutive victory as they defeated Wilmington (Del.) 15-11 last Saturday in Boone. The victory pushed Lees-McRae's record on the season to 2-2.
Scoring in bunches – Scoring hasn't been a problem for the Bobcats through the early stages of the 2019 campaign. As a team, Lees-McRae is averaging 16.25 goals per game. In comparison, the team averaged 9.56 goals per contest in 2018. If the 2019 Bobcats can maintain this pace, it will shatter the current program record for goals per game in a single season, which stands at 11.25.
Point leader in the conference – Senior Alec Molander currently leads Conference Carolinas with 35 points (18g, 17a) in the four games so far this season. Molander has a trio of double-digit point days so far in 2019. The Victoria, British Columbia native is on such a rapid scoring pace that with nine more points, his 44 points would be the 10th most points ever by a Bobcat in a single season.
Setting a new standard – The second straight win by the Bobcats last Saturday shows signs of improvement for the program. With the wins over Montreat and Wilmington, Lees-McRae has already matched its win total from last season. The team has 10 games remaining in the regular season to try and reach and/or break the program's record win total for a season (5 in 2017).
About Mount Olive – UMO enters Sunday's matchup with the Bobcats ranked No. 17 in the nation. The Trojans are coming off a decisive 19-2 victory over Chowan on Wednesday, and they have a 3-1 record overall. Individually, Thatcher Clark leads the way for Mount Olive with 14 points (11g, 3a) on the season.