SALISBURY, N.C. --- Lees-McRae sophomore Jenah Tracy continued her hot start to the 2014 campaign by netting a hat trick, but LMC fell into an early 6-0 hole in a 17-7 loss at Catawba in nonconference action Tuesday afternoon in Salisbury, N.C.
The Indians (1-2) amassed 36 shots, including 22 in the first 30 minutes of play. The Bobcats (1-1) forced 20 turnovers.
Catawba's Alyssa Corace recorded a hat trick in the first 14:06, while Meredith Jones dished a pair of assists.
Bobcat sophomore Taylor Drake (Jupiter, Fla.) put LMC on the scoreboard on an unassisted goal at the 14:24 mark of the first half, but LMC trailed 6-1.
The Indians offense rallied behind Corace once again while she netted two more goals and teammate Abby Moore found the back of the net to push the lead to 9-1.
Tracy (Naples, Fla.) collected a pair of goals in the final 5:56 of the first half while the Bobcats trailed 11-4 at the intermission.
Goalie Mia Emmerson (Orlando, Fla.) recorded half of her saves (12) in the first half.
Senior Katelin Rooney (Naples, Fla.) wasted no time when she blasted home a shot 78 seconds into the second half.
A trio of Indians scored a goal to give the home squad a healthy 14-4 lead.
Drake, Tracy and Kirsten English (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) bested Catawba goalie Bethany Davis to shave the deficit to eight, 15-7.
However, the Indians scored twice before the final buzzer to earn the victory.
Corace netted an impressive eight goals while racking up 16 shots, including 13 on goal.
Tracy led the Bobcat offense for the second consecutive game while Emmerson accumulated 12 saves.
LMC returns to action Thursday at 4 p.m. with a trip to Athens, Tenn. to battle Tennessee Wesleyan.
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