The Lees-McRae College Bobcats lacrosse team opened their season at Wingate University Saturday afternoon, falling 18-4 to the Bulldogs in non conference action. The game marked the season opener for both teams.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring 1:50 into the contest with a goal from Bryan Safarik. The score remained 1-0 in favor of the home side until 4:25 when Jason Schafhauser rifled a shot past the Bulldogs David Suthers. Tyler Stieber gave the visitors the lead with 1:42 left in the first quarter with Schafhauser drawing an assist. Both Bobcats goals came on extra man opportunities.
The second quarter was controlled by Wingate as the home side rattled off six unanswered goals to hold a 7-2 lead. Neil Sleight got one back for the Bobcats with one second remaining on the clock with Jason Grau drawing the assist.
Wingate continued to capitalize on mental mistakes by the youthful Bobcats squad and extended their lead to 11-3 heading into the fourth quarter, and cruised to the home and season opening win. Sleight, (pictured top left), added his second of the game in the fourth with Kyle Ficken picking up the assist.
With eight of ten starters freshman or sophomores, the Bobcats will no doubt have a fair sized learning curve ahead this season. The Bobcats went 3 for 6 on the extra man opportunities while the Bulldogs went 1 for 3. The Bulldogs won the ground ball battle 60-51.
Adam Canoy made 12 saves for Lees-McRae while Suthers registered six for Wingate. Shane Sheppard and Chad Watson relieved Canoy and Suthers respectively with each tallying one save.
The Bobcats will return to action Wednesday when they open up
their Carolinas Virginia Athletic Conference schedule at Pfeiffer
University. Game time is set for 3:00pm.