Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's lacrosse team will be on the road for one of its two games this week, hosting Southern Wesleyan on Thursday (Apr. 11), before traveling to No. 10 Limestone on Saturday (Apr. 13, 1 p.m.). Video and live stats will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - The Bobcats enter the week at 1-8 overall and 1-5 in Conference Carolinas on the heels of their first win of the season at Chowan on Saturday (Mar. 30) by a score of 12-10. The Bobcats are ninth in the league in scoring with 63 goals, and also seventh in the league in assists with 25. Beth Haynes leads the team in goals with 18, while three other Bobcats have scored 10 goals each so far on the season. Madi Barry (six), Katie Kendrick (five) and Olivia Gilleland (four) have also contributed goals for the Bobcats. Haynes is also the team's leader in assists with nine, while Kendrick is second on the team with eight. Patterson Jones has helped on four goals, while Barry has assisted on three and Victoria Orozco and Christa Tumminello have each dished out one assist on the season. Haynes's 27 points are also a team-high, while four others have chipped in at least 10 points so far on the season. Barry (eight), Gilleland (four) and Tumminello (one) have also contributed points for the Bobcats. Lees-McRae is tied for seventh in the conference in ground balls with 180, led by 35 from Haynes which is the fourth-highest total in the league. Emily Davidson is second on the team and tied for 12th individually in the league with 30, while five others have collected double-digit ground balls on the season. Another seven Bobcats have picked up at least one ground ball so far on the season. Lees-McRae is 10th in the league in caused turnovers with 79, led by 21 from Haynes which is tied for sixth individually in the conference. Kalbie Grassett (13) and Kat Reeves (10) are the only other Bobcats with double-digit caused turnovers, while nine others have also registered caused turnovers on the season. The Bobcats are also 10th in the league in draw controls with 88, led by Grassett's 42 which are tied for 13th individually in the conference. Haynes (26) and Jones (10) are the only other Bobcats with double-digit draw controls so far on the season, while four others have also won at least one. Davidson and Samantha Thomson have split time in goal for the Bobcats this season, combining for a 16.67 goals against average (GAA), a .395 save percentage and 98 saves.
Record Watch - Haynes also needs just two free position goals to become the school's career free position goal leader. She currently sits in second all-time with 19, tied with Tiffany Laster who played from 2015-2018.
About the Opponents - Southern Wesleyan (SWU) enters the week at 3-10 overall and 2-5 in Conference Carolinas. Southern Wesleyan is eighth in the league in scoring with 91 goals, while being tied for seventh in assists with 25. Latia Santos leads the Warriors with 27 goals, while Amy Pfefferkorn also has 16. Jocelyn Cosgrove has scored 13 goals on the season, while Betsy Bovee has also scored 11 goals. Five other Warriors have scored goals this season. Pfefferkorn's 10 assists lead the team, with five others having recorded assists so far on the season. Santos also leads the team in points with 33, while Pfefferkorn is second on the team with 26. Bovee and Cosgrove each have 13 points, while Kelsey Hawkins also has 12. Four others have recorded points so far on the season. The Warriors are also ninth in the league in ground balls with 190 ground balls, led individually by 35 from Kaeleigh McDaniel which is tied for seventh in the league. Hawkins is second on the team with 23, while Jairy Sandoval has 21 and Skylar Taylor has 20. 11 others have picked up ground balls for Southern Wesleyan so far on the season. SWU enters the week ninth in the conference in caused turnovers with 101, with Sandoval and Taylor sharing the team lead with 12. Santos and Hawkins each have caused 11 turnovers on the season, while Carley Pace also has caused 10. 10 others have caused turnovers so far on the season for SWU. SWU is also seventh in the league in draw controls with 126, with Santos leading the team and being fifth in the conference with 60. McDaniel is the main goalkeeper for SWU, having played all 764:37 this season. Her 13.97 GAA is seventh in the league, while her .462 save percentage is third and her 153 saves lead the conference.
Limestone enters the week at 13-1 overall and 8-0 in Conference Carolinas, and also ranked No.10 in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll. The Saints host No. 13 Queens (N.C.) on Friday (Apr. 12) before welcoming the Bobcats. Limestone leads the league in scoring with 235 goals, while also being tied for the league lead in assists with 91. Courtney Lafler's 67 goals lead the team and are second in the conference, while Britannie Ouimet is second on the team and seventh in the conference in scoring with 40 goals so far this season. Six other Saints have scored at least 10 goals so far on the season, while another four have also contributed goals. Ouimet's 34 assists lead the team and are second in the conference, while Julia Foster's 15 assists are second on the team and tied for seventh in the conference. Seven other Saints have helped on goals this season. Lafler's 79 points also lead the team and are second in the conference, while Ouimet's 74 are second on the team and third in the conference. Seven others have contributed double-digit points on the season, while three others have also chipped in at least one. Limestone is third in the conference in ground balls with 310, led individually by Alyssa Voccia whose 36 are seventh in the conference. Maren Lawrence's 34 are second on the team and tied for 10th in the conference, while 11 others have picked up at least 10 ground balls so far on the season. Limestone is also third in the conference with 142 caused turnovers, led individually by Rose Blackburn whose 28 are third in the conference. Five others have caused at least 10 turnovers on the season. Limestone is also second in the league in draw controls with 221, led individually by Voccia's 64 which are fourth in the conference. Elizabeth Muscella (55) and Foster (54) are sixth and seventh in the league respectively in draw controls. Eight others have collected at least one draw control so far on the season for Limestone. Madison Hill is the main goalkeeper for Limestone, owning the second-best GAA in the conference (7.81), the ninth-best save percentage (.385) and the 10th-highest save total (54) in the league.
Series History vs. Opponents - This will be only the second meeting all-time between Lees-McRae and Southern Wesleyan in women's lacrosse. Lees-McRae won the first-ever meeting between the two programs a season ago by a score of 12-3.
This will be the 21st meeting between Lees-McRae and Limestone in women's lacrosse, with Limestone leading the all-time series 20-0.