Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's lacrosse team fell in Conference Carolinas action to visiting Southern Wesleyan by a score of 16-12 on Thursday (Apr. 11).
Game Summary - After the Warriors scored the opening goal less than three minutes in, Madi Barry would score unassisted to get the Bobcats on the board seven minutes in. An unassisted goal from Victoria Orozco and a free position goal from Patterson Jones put the Bobcats up 3-1 14 minutes into the half, before Southern Wesleyan would get back within one with a goal just before halfway point of the frame. Unassisted goals from Orozco and Jones just 23 seconds apart put Lees-McRae up 5-2 with 15 minutes to play in the half, before Southern Wesleyan would score four straight goals over a four-minute span to take a 6-5 lead with six and a half minutes to play in the first half. Kalbie Grassett would score a free position goal with five and a half minutes to play in the half, before Southern Wesleyan would score two unanswered to end the half. The Warriors led 8-6 at the break. SWU would continue the run into the second half, scoring the first two goals over the first minute and a half. Aley Shepard would break up the run with a free position goal, before two more Warrior goals would stretch the lead to 12-7 seven minutes into the half. Another unassisted marker from Orozco would get the Bobcats back within four, before SWU would re-gain the five-goal lead shortly after. The Bobcats would get back into the game with a three-goal run over a five-minute span, beginning with a free position goal from Katie Kendrick. An unassisted marker from Orozco followed by a goal from Grassett assisted by Beth Haynes would get the Bobcats back within two, before SWU would counter with back-to-back goals to re-gain their four-goal lead. Haynes would score unassisted with four minutes left, before a SWU goal would help ice the win for the Warriors.
Stats Rundown - Lees-McRae totaled 33 shots with 24 on goal in the loss. Orozco led the Bobcats with four goals, while Grassett and Jones each scored twice and four others each tallied one goal. Haynes tallied the lone assist in the game for the Bobcats. Lee-McRae totaled 27 ground balls in the game, led by a team-high seven from Emily Davidson in goal. Haynes and Hope Allen each picked up four ground balls, while Jones and Orozco each scooped up three. Christa Tumminello and Barry each recorded two, while Shepard also grabbed one. The Bobcats caused 12 turnovers in the game, led by three from Haynes. Four others each cause two turnovers, while Davidson also caused one. Shepard's effort brings her career caused turnover total to 34, tying her with Desiree Cox (2008-09) for sixth all-time in career caused turnovers. Lees-McRae also won 11 draw controls, with Haynes winning a team-high four. Grassett and Jones each won two, while three others registered one win each. Davidson (1-6) took the loss in the cage, making seven saves.
Up Next - The Bobcats are on the road on Saturday (Apr. 13) for a 1 p.m. opening draw against No. 10 Limestone. Video and live stats for the game will be available at lmcbobcats.com.