Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's lacrosse team fell in its regular season finale against Erskine by a score of 19-14, with several Bobcats having career nights in the game.
Game Summary - The first two goals of the game came from Beth Haynes, who scored from Kalbie Grassett and Victoria Orozco just 29 seconds apart to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead less than four minutes in. Erskine would get on the board just past the five-minute mark, before a free position goal from Katie Kendrick 59 seconds later put the Bobcats up 3-1. Erskine would counter with two goals in the next 33 seconds to tie the game at three, before Orozco would score unassisted at the eight-minute mark to get the Bobcats ahead again. Erskine would tie the game at four with a goal just past the 10-minute mark, before taking a 5-4 lead with 12 and a half minutes to play in the first half. The Bobcats would tie the game just 24 seconds later when Patterson Jones scored from Madi Barry, before taking a lead on another goal from Jones assisted by Olivia Gilleland. Erskine would yet again tie the game with eight minutes to play in the half, before Jones would record the next three Lees-McRae goals to send the Bobcats to the half up 9-6. Jones scored a woman-up goal with seven minutes to play in the half, before scoring her next two goals off assists from Katie Kendrick.
Erskine opened the second half with a goal 18 seconds in to get back within two, before Grassett would score a woman-up goal from Kendrick just before the four-minute mark to re-gain the three-goal lead. Erskine would get back within two yet again, before Jones would score yet again from Kendrick to put the Bobcats up 11-8. The Flying Fleet scored two straight goals as the 10-minute mark passed, before Orozco would score unassisted with 18 minutes to play in the second half to leave Lees-McRae ahead 12-10. With the halfway point of the second half approaching, Erskine would get back into the game with a three-goal run to take a 13-12 lead with 14:47 to play. With 12:39 to play in the second half, Haynes would score her 11th free position goal of the season and the 20th of her career, tying Desiree Cox (2008-09) for free position goals in a Lees-McRae career. Once the record-tying goal was scored, Erskine would go on a five-goal run over a nine-minute span to take the game into its final three minutes. Lees-McRae's final goal would come with 36 seconds left unassisted from Jones, before Erskine would polish off the victory with a goal with 17 seconds left.
Stats Rundown - Lees-McRae out-shot Erskine 38-33, and each team put 30 shots on goal. Jones led the Bobcats and tied a game-high and also set a new career-high with seven goals, while Haynes also netted a hat trick in the loss. Jones's seven goals are tied for sixth-most in a single game in program history. Orozco totaled two goals, while Kendrick and Grassett each scored once. Kendrick tied a career-high with four assists on the night, while four others each tallied one assist in the game. Kendrick's four assists are tied for ninth-most in a single game in program history. Lees-McRae totaled 28 ground balls in the game, with six from Samantha Thomson leading the team. Jones also picked up five, while Kendrick and Grassett each collected three. Five other Bobcats each scooped up two ground balls in the game, while Emily Davidson also snatched one. Lees-McRae caused 19 turnovers to Erskine's eight, led by a game-high and career-high six from Jones. Her six caused turnovers are also tied for fourth-most in a single game in program history. Hope Allen also caused three turnovers in the game, while three others caused two each and another four Bobcats each caused one. With her two caused turnovers on the night, Aley Shepard closes her career alone in sixth place on the all-time career caused turnover list at Lees-McRae with 37. Lees-McRae won 14 draw controls on the night, with Haynes pulling down a team-high six and setting a new single-game career high. Grassett also pulled down five draw controls, while three others each registered one. Thomson (0-5) took the loss in the cage, making six saves. With her six saves on the night, she moves into sixth place on the all-time career saves list (137). Davidson also saw time in the cage and made five saves.
This concludes the 2019 women's lacrosse season.