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BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's lacrosse team will return to action with a pair of home games at Tate Field this week. First, the Bobcats will host North Greenville Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. before welcoming No. 7 Belmont Abbey College to Banner Elk on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Last Time Out – The Bobcats picked up their fourth win of the season last Saturday as they knocked off Alderson Broaddus University by a score of 18-12. The victory pushes Lees-McRae's record to 4-7 on the 2019 campaign.
One more win – The four wins by Lees-McRae this spring put the 2019 Bobcats just one victory shy of tying the program record for wins in a season. The current record is five wins, which was set by the 2017 team. Lees-McRae has three more games in the regular season to tie or break said record along with a possible postseason appearance as well.
More points for Molander – With 14 more points (8g, 6a) last week in a pair of games, senior Alec Molander continues to be not only one of the top offensive players in Conference Carolinas but also the nation. Only Maryville's (Mo.) Lucas Shafer (74 points) has racked up more points in 2019 than Molander (71 points). Additionally, Molander needs just 11 more points to break the program's single-season point record for an individual. Coincidentally, Molander is the current holder of that particular record after racking up 81 points back in 2017.
Saves for Castle – Molander was not the only Bobcat to make statistical news last week. Senior goalkeeper Cameron Castle became the program's all-time save leader last Thursday against Lindenwood. Castle, who now has 638 saves, surpassed 2008 graduate Adam Canoy's previous mark of 624 saves to capture the record.
About the Opponents – Despite being under .500 for the season (4-8, 1-3 CC), North Greenville has played one of the tougher schedules in the nation in 2019. All eight of NGU's losses have come to teams that have either been ranked or received votes in the national polls this season. North Greenville is coming off a pair of convincing wins over Mars Hill (23-5) and Emmanuel (24-8) coming into Wednesday's game against the Bobcats.
No. 7 Belmont Abbey has had a wonderful season in 2019 coming into the week with an overall record of 11-1. The Crusaders' lone setback came against No. 16 Queens back in early March. BAC is coming off a decisive 31-8 victory over Chowan last Saturday.
Series Rewind – The Bobcats will hope to reverse the results against North Greenville and Belmont Abbey from last season this weekend. North Greenville upended the Bobcats 19-9 last season in Tigerville. Belmont Abbey, meanwhile, defeated the Bobcats twice in 2018 by scores of 25-4 and 26-9.