The Lees-McRae Bobcats lacrosse team dropped a hard fought 13-11 decision to the Presbyterian College Blue Hose Wednesday afternoon at Tate Field. The Bobcats fall to 0-7, while the Blue Hose improve to 3-6.
Presbyterian's Brian Foley opened the scoring for the Blue Hose with an unassisted marker at 6:20 of the first quarter. Controlling for much of the first quarter, the Bobcats finally capitalized on an opportunity as Jason Schafhauser scored his team leading tenth goal of the season with 0:41 to play in the first. The Blue Hose responded quickly as Sean Mulford scored with eight seconds remaining in the first to give the visitors the 2-1 edge heading into the second stanza.
A slow start would cost the Bobcats as Presbyterian quickly extended their lead to 4-1 with goals from Ben Ewing and Jeremy Metcalfe just 1:10 into the quarter. Neil Sleight would draw the Bobcats to within two off a feed from Kirk Rogers at 12:45 of the second. Jordy McMann would restore the three goal cushion for the visitors with an unassisted just over three minutes later. Schafhauser would score his second of the game with 5:11 to play to pull the home side back to within two before Chris Stieber and Kirk Rogers would hook up for a pair of goals to knot the score at five. Rogers, last season's leading goal scorer would continue to play the role of playmaker with his second and third assists of the game at 4:14 and 1:26.
Presbyterian would again start the third off with a pair of quick goals as Ewing notched his second of the game just over two minutes in and Walton Crosby would add another sixteen seconds later. Tyler Stieber would get one back for the Bobcats but Mulford would restore the two goal cushion with his second at 7:22. The Bobcats would respond with a man up tally from Rogers at 6:28, but Mulford would again restore the two goal lead with his third of the game at 5:26. The resilient Bobcats would again claw their way back as Schafhauser completed the hat trick with his CVAC leading fifth man up goal of the season at 2:18. Jake White would push the lead back to two for the Blue Hose in the see saw affair with 3:06 to play in the quarter.
Rogers would set a new career high with his fourth assist of the game feeding Kyle Ficken for his second of the season to cut the score to 10-9 with 11:29 to play. Brandon Gilseth would add his fourth goal in the past three games at 8:15 to tie things up for the third time. Unfortunately, the Bobcats could not sustain the momentum as Presbyterian rattled off three straight over the next four minutes to pull away and clinch the win. Sleight would add another for Lees-McRae with less than two minutes remaining, but the Bobcats would run out of time and lose a heartbreaker to the Blue Hose for the second year in a row.
Rogers, (pictured top left), had a career high five point game with a goal and an assist while Schafhauser led the Bobcats with a team high three goals. Sleight also added three points off a pair of goals and an assist. Chris Stieber added a pair of goals to improve his season total to five, all of which have come within the last five games. Tyler Stieber and Kyle Ficken also had multi point games registering a goal and an assist each.
Ewing led the Blue Hose with a game high four goals while Metcalfe equaled that total in assists. Six players scored singles for Presbyterian with Mulford's hat trick rounding out the scoring.
The Bobcats will look to rebound this weekend hosting Mars Hill
College at 3:00pm.