Photo Courtesy of Matt Jones
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – The Lees-McRae College men's lacrosse team erased a six-goal deficit after two quarters to force overtime at Emmanuel (GA) College Saturday afternoon in Conference Carolinas action. Unfortunately, the Lions netted the game-winning goal two minutes into the extra period to down the Bobcats, 16-15. The loss moves Lees-McRae's record to 3-6 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
After Lees-McRae netted the game's first goal, the Lions went on to score six of the next seven goals to open a 6-2 lead after one quarter. Emmanuel went on to double up the Bobcats in the second quarter as well, 4-2 to take a 10-4 lead into the halftime break. Following the break, the Bobcats started to put things together offensively netting 11 goals in the second half, including seven in the fourth quarter. The game-tying goal occurred with one second remaining when Ryan Beauchamp put one past the keeper to force an extra frame.
Individually, Alec Molander led the way for the Bobcats Saturday with 10 points on the afternoon. Molander netted six goals to go along with four assists. With his 10 points Saturday, Molander now has 57 points this season, which is the fifth-most by any Bobcat in a single season in program history. Jonathan Barry, Ryan Beauchamp and Craig Barr each had three-point outings with two goals and one assist each. Ethan Knight, Landon Barrow and Matt Clary also netted goals against the Lions as well.
Cameron Castle took the loss in goal for the Bobcats on Saturday after stopping seven shots in 23 chances. Castle's record moves to 3-6 on the season with the loss.
Lees-McRae will return to action on April 4 when it hosts Lindenwood University. That contest is set to begin at 4 p.m.