Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's lacrosse team dropped its 2019 season opener to visiting Keiser University by a score of 17-4 on Sunday (Feb. 10).
Game Summary - Keiser scored the first five goals of the game over 16 minutes, before Lees-McRae would get on the board with 11 minutes to play in the first half. Kalbie Grassett scored her first career goal in Green and Gold off an assist from Patterson Jones with 10:55 to play in the half, before Keiser would close out the half with three straight goals to take an 8-1 lead to the half. Grassett would score her second goal of the game from Beth Haynes less than four minutes into the second half, before Keiser would score three goals in less than two minutes to make it 11-2. Beth Haynes scored Lees-McRae's next goal 9:20 into the second half, before Keiser would score another four goals in three minutes. Victoria Orozco would net her first career goal off of Katie Kendrick's first career assist around the halfway mark of the second half, before Keiser would close out the game scoring the last two goals.
Stats Rundown - Lees-McRae totaled 16 shots in the contest, putting 12 on goal. Grasset's two goals paced the scoring effort with two goals, while Haynes and Orozco both netted goals on the day. Haynes, Kendrick and Jones each recorded assists on the afternoon. Lees-McRae totaled 25 ground balls on the afternoon with Haynes, Emily Davidson and Samantha Thomson each picking up a team-high five. Grassett also scooped up three ground balls while Madi Barry, Aley Shepard and Jones each picked up two and Christa Tumminello recorded one. The Bobcats also won eight draw controls on the afternoon, with four of them credited to Grassett. Haynes also won three draw controls, and Jones won one. The Bobcats also caused six turnovers on the afternoon, with two coming from Haynes and one each from Grassett, Shepard, Jones and Hope Allen. Davidson (0-1) took the loss in the cage, allowing 11 goals and making five saves. Thomson also saw time in net this afternoon, with six goals allowed and four saves.
Up Next - Lees-McRae (0-1) is back in action on Feb. 23 at Tusculum for a 12 p.m. opening draw.