Photo Credit to Morgan Corbett
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Senior Mia Emmerson set a school record in single-season saves and Ashley Ritter and Peyton LeCompte netted two goals apiece while the Lees-McRae women's lacrosse team fell short, 9-7, to Belmont Abbey in a Conference Carolinas tilt on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon for Senior Day in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Crusaders (8-6, 4-2 CC) saw seven different players score. The Bobcats (5-9, 3-4) enjoyed a two-assist day from Jenah Tracy (Naples, Fla.).
Emmerson (Orlando, Fla.) bested her own record that she set last season by amassing 175 saves on the season. She notched 155 last year to set the school record. The senior currently leads the conference in saves.
BAC struck for three quick goals in the first 7:43 before Ritter (Vero Beach, Fla.) tallied a goal at the 13:21.
Tracy earned the assist before scoring a goal of her own with 9:36 remaining in the first half.
The Crusaders used a 4-0 run to stretch the lead to five, 7-2, early in the second half.
Coach Lexi King's team retorted with a 4-0 run of its own while four different players score.
Ritter snagged a Tiffany Laster (Jupiter, Fla.) pass to spark the run.
Laster and LeCompte (Carolina Beach, N.C.) turned in the next two goals, respectively, before senior Kate Brandon (Charlotte, N.C.) cut the deficit to one, 7-6, with 18:39 left in regulation.
BAC pushed the lead to 9-6 with a pair of goals over the next six minutes.
LeCompte netted her 50th goal of the season with 5:14 to go while Taylor Drake (Jupiter, Fla.) earned the assist.
LeCompte sits atop the conference in goals scored after the contest.
Emmerson led the team with five groundballs while Drake and Joelle-Sara Prata (New Bedford, Mass.) had four and three, respectively.
Brandon, Ritter, Tracy, Drake and Emmerson were honored prior to the contest.
LMC travels to Tusculum Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in Greeneville, Tenn.
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