Crusaders Top Bobcats

The Lees-McRae College Bobcats hosted Belmont Abbey in Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference men's lacrosse action Saturday evening, falling 18-7 to the Crusaders. The Bobcats fall to 0-10, (0-3 CVAC) while the Abbey moves to 4-7, (2-3 CVAC).

Tyler Stieber opened the scoring for the home side after Neil Sleight found him open across the crease at 11:27. The Crusaders would storm back to take a 3-1 lead heading into the second quarter, scoring all three goals in the final 3:30 of the first. The Crusaders would extend their lead to5-1 before Stieber would bury a man up tally for the Bobcats to cut the deficit to three. Abbey would go on a 4-0 run to take hold of the game before Matt Markey would score his second of the year for the Bobcats. A late defensive lapse by the Bobcats would allow the Crusaders to pour salt in the wound, taking a 10-3 lead into halftime with a goal by James Regan and just two seconds on the clock.

The Bobcats rallied at the halftime to come out flying as Stieber and Jason Grau found the back of the net. Abbey would respond with two goals twenty seconds apart half a minute later to restore their seven goal cushion. The Crusaders would continue to quickly answer each Bobcats goal throughout the half, cruising to the win and clinching the 4th seed in the CVAC Tournament.

CJ Robinson led the Abbey attack with four goals, three of which were scored on the man up, and a pair of assists. Mike O'Malley matched Robinson with four goals of his own while Evan Young and Regan each picked up hat tricks. Ryan Matthes buried a pair for the Crusaders while Jim Ring and John Fuggit registered singles.

Stieber, (pictured top left), led the Bobcats with a hat trick while Markey, Grau and Sleight each finished with a goal and an assist. Kyle Ficken extended his goal scoring streak to four games chipping in with a single and Kirk picked up his team high ninth and tenth assists of the season.

The Bobcats will be back in action Wednesday afternoon hosting Wheeling Jesuit University at Tate Field. Game time is set for 3:00pm.