BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae women's lacrosse team produced an 8-3 surge in the second half while staving off a pesky Columbia (S.C.) team, 12-10, in nonconference action Saturday afternoon at Tate Field in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Bobcats (7-4) used a strong defensive front in the second half to earn the win while six different players notched a goal in the half. The Koalas (6-6) saw Kendra Blackstock and Devon Walter combine for nine goals.
Freshman Tiffany Laster (Jupiter, Fla.) registered her third hat trick in as many games, while scoring all three on Saturday in the second half.
CC crept out to an early 2-0 lead after a pair of Blackstock goals.
Walter finished with a game-high five while Blackstock added four.
LMC's Laura Wright (Apex, N.C.) scored her first goal of the season on a free position attempt to cut the deficit to one, 2-1.
Both squads exchanged a trio of goals before the Koalas' Walter tallied consecutive goals in the final 1:18 of the first half.
The Bobcats clamped down and cranked the energy up in the second half while outscoring CC 8-3.
The defense forced eight turnovers and held the Koalas to 5-of-9 on clears in the final 30 minutes.
Laster's first goal of the contest put the Bobcats within two, 7-5.
Less than five minutes later, she found junior Tiffany Hanes (Dickinson, Texas) for a goal in front of the net.
Down 9-6, the Bobcats ripped off a 6-0 run, powered by Tayler Drake (Jupiter, Fla.), who dished out two assists and added a goal.
Drake led all players with six groundballs while seven Bobcats had at least three.
Goalie Mia Emmerson (Orlando, Fla.) made seven saves.
LMC welcomes Conference Carolinas foe, Pfeiffer, Tuesday, April 7 at 4 p.m. to Tate Field.
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