DUE WEST, S.C. --- The Erskine College women's lacrosse team outscored Lees-McRae College by a 10-0 margin in the first half en route to a 17-7 win in Conference Carolinas play on Monday evening.
Erskine (3-8, 2-2 CC) outshot Lees-McRae (1-8, 0-5 CC) by a 32-17 margin, including a 16-6 advantage in the first half, while edging the Bobcats, 22-17, in ground balls. The Flying Fleet controlled 15-of-25 draws and converted each of their 13 clear attempts in the contest.
Katelin Rooney (Naples, Fla.), Olivia Gudewich (Frederick, Md.) and Anna DeLuke (Woodstock, Ga.) each tallied two goals for Lees-McRae, as Cynthia Wegner (Stem, N.C.) added a strike of her own. Rooney also chipped in an assist to go along with seven draw controls, while Nicole Nixon (Charlotte, N.C.) paced the Bobcats with a game-high six ground balls. Jessica Travers (Asheville, N.C.) made nine saves between the pipes.
Alesia Jerrells led the way for Erskine with five goals and two assists, while Samantha Burns added four strikes and three helpers. Von McKenzie and Hillary Henry chipped in three and two goals, respectively, as Kaitlyn Overley and Kelly Dalziel posted four ground balls each. Overley made six stops in goal for the Fleet.
Erskine jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first half, tallying five goals in the opening 10 minutes as Jerrells scored four of her five goals in the initial period. After Jerrells opened the second half with her fifth strike of the day, DeLuke got the Bobcats on the board with her sixth goal of the season 2:25 into the period.
Gudewich and Rooney would answer an Erskine strike with a pair of goals, before Erskine responded with four consecutive goals over a five minute stretch. The Bobcats countered with four goals of their own, highlighted by Wegner's first collegiate goal with just under two minutes to play. DeLuke would cap the scoring for the Bobcats with her second of the day with 58 ticks left on the clock.
Lees-McRae returns to action on Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Saint Charles, Mo. to take on Fort Lewis College on the campus of Lindenwood University at 12 p.m.
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