Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's lacrosse team opens Conference Carolinas play at Belmont Abbey on Wednesday (Feb. 27) at 3 p.m., before hosting Davis & Elkins in non-conference action on Sunday (Mar. 3) at 4:30 p.m. The game against Davis & Elkins will be played at Watauga High School in Boone, N.C. Video and live stats will be available for the game against Belmont Abbey at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - The Bobcats (0-1) dropped their season opener to Keiser University 17-4 back on Feb. 11. Lees-McRae is led by Kalbie Grassett with two goals, while Beth Haynes and Victoria Orozco have also scored on the season for the Bobcats. Haynes, Patterson Jones and Katie Kendrick have each recorded one assist on the season for Lees-McRae. Grassett and Haynes share the team lead in points with two each, while three others each have one point so far on the season. The Bobcats have scooped up 25 total ground balls on the year, led by five each from Emily Davidson, Haynes and Samantha Thomson. Grassett has collected three ground balls on the season, while three others have picked up two each and Christa Tumminello also has one. Lees-McRae has also caused six turnovers on the season, led by Haynes with two. Four other Bobcats have caused one turnover each so far on the season. Lees-McRae has won eight draw controls so far on the season, led by four from Grassett while Haynes has three and Jones also has one. Both Davidson and Thomson have seen time in the cage so far for the Bobcats, with Davidson making five saves and Thomson having four.
About the Opponents - Belmont Abbey enters the week at 1-3 overall. Belmont Abbey is fourth in Conference Carolinas in goals scored with 51, while also being tied for third in assists with 20. Kylie Eastman leads the Crusaders and is tied for the conference lead with 19, while Marin Felsoci is second on the team and tied for fourth individually in the conference with 14 goals. Seven other Crusaders have scored goals on the season so far. Eastman's 10 assists also lead the team and the conference, while her 29 points also lead both the team and the conference. Four other Crusaders have assisted on goals this season, while nine others have recorded at least one point on the season. Belmont Abbey is fourth in the league in ground balls with 82, led by Sarah Schaefer with 13 which is tied for seventh in the league. 14 other Crusaders have picked up at least one ground ball on the season. Belmont Abbey is sixth in the league in caused turnovers with 35, led individually by Eastman and Felsoci with seven each. 13 others have caused at least one turnover on the season. Belmont Abbey is also third in the league in draw controls with 50, led individually by Felsoci with 20 who is fifth individually in the conference. Seven other Crusaders have won at least one draw control on the season. Annie Brannon and Elizabeth O'Hagan have split time in cage so far this season for Belmont Abbey, each making 15 saves on the season.
Davis & Elkins enters the week at 0-1 overall after falling to Lincoln Memorial 15-4 back on Monday (Feb. 25). The Senators have scored four goals on the season, with two each coming from Angelina Horan and Ryann Sumner. Seana Soika is the team's leader in ground balls with five, while three other Senators have picked up two each and another four players have collected one ground ball each. Davis & Elkins has caused five turnovers on the year, with two from Soika and three other players each causing one. Horan is the team's leader in draw controls with five out of the team's total 12 wins, while Sumner has won three and three other players have registered at least one on the season. Ebela De La Bay Coff is the main goalkeeper for the Senators, totaling 11 saves so far on the season.
Series History vs. Opponents - Since 2006, this will be the 21st meeting between Lees-McRae and Belmont Abbey in women's lacrosse. Belmont Abbey leads the series 20-0.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Lees-McRae and Davis & Elkins in women's lacrosse.