Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - The Lees-McRae College women's lacrosse team dropped its non-conference affair at Tusculum on Thursday (Mar. 21) by a score of 17-10.
Game Summary - Juliette Cusano scored off the opening draw control 12 seconds in, before Katie Kendrick tied the game less than two and a half minutes in. Tusculum scored three goals in a row in under two minutes, before Madi Barry scored from Kendrick on a woman-up opportunity near the six-minute mark. The Pioneers would go on another three-goal run in a two-minute span, including two on a Lees-McRae woman-up opportunity. Patterson Jones would calm the Tusculum run with a free position goal, before Tusculum would score their final two goals of the first half 28 seconds apart. Lees-McRae would score three goals over the final 15 minutes of the first half while holding the Pioneers off the board, to go to the half down 9-6. Kalbie Grassett would score unassisted with 13:26 to play in the first half, before free position goals from Victoria Orozco 48 seconds apart would serve as the final goals of the half.
Kendrick would score her second of the game unassisted just four minutes into the second half to get Lees-McRae back within two, before the two teams would trade goals to stay separated by two around the 10-minute mark. Tusculum would net three goals in a two-minute span to stretch the lead to five, before a Beth Haynes goal would get the Bobcats back within four at the halfway point of the frame. Tusculum would go on yet another run to open the game up, scoring four goals over 12 minutes to take a 17-9 lead into the final four minutes. Haynes scored the final goal of the game on a free position attempt with 1:19 remaining.
Stats Rundown - Lees-McRae totaled 25 shots in the contest, with 17 on net. Orozco led the Bobcats scoring effort with her first career hat trick, while Haynes and Kendrick each scored twice and Barry, Grassett and Jones each netted one goal in the game. Haynes now totals 14 career free position goals, tying for fifth all-time in program history with Ellie Psillas (2008, 2010-11). Kendrick recorded the only two assists in the game for the Bobcats. The Bobcats totaled 28 ground balls in the loss, led by 10 from Haynes. Christa Tumminello and Kat Reeves each scooped up three ground balls, while three others each picked up two and another four Bobcats each collected one. Lees-McRae also caused 10 turnovers in the loss, with three each from Haynes and Aley Shepard. Samantha Thomson also caused two turnovers in the game, while Kendrick also caused one. With her three caused turnovers and career total up to 30, Shepard moves into a tie for ninth-all time with Nicole Dupont (2011-14). Lees-McRae also totaled seven draw control wins in the game, with a team-high four from Grassett. Haynes also registered two in the game, while Barry also won one. Thomson (0-3) took the loss between the pipes, making two saves in 14:36 in net. Emily Davidson also played in goal in the game, totaling 11 saves in 45:24.
Up Next - The Bobcats (0-6, 0-3 Conference Carolinas) are back at home at Tate Field on Sunday (Mar. 24) to face Barton for Senior Day. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m.