February 19, 2009

Bobcats Suffer Loss in Season Opener Against Pride

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College Bobcats men's lacrosse team lost their season opener Thursday afternoon in a nonconference game against the Greensboro College Pride, 10-5.


Madison Thompson scored the Bobcats' first goal of the 2009 season when he found the back of the net with 4:55 left remaining in the first quarter to make the score 1-0.

Greensboro quickly answered three minutes later to tie the game and then scored the first two goals in the second period to make it 3-1.

Edward Dolan closed the gap to 3-2 when he scored with 5:55 left in the period on an assist from Neil Sleight.

After another Pride goal, Lees-McRae answered with two more goals right before the half to make tie the game at four going into the intermission. The first goal came when Kyle Ficken scored an unassisted goal, and the second came on Sleight goal with the assist from Matt Smith.

In the second half it was all the Pride, who scored six second half goals, including two with a man advantage, compared to one for the Bobcats.

After Greensboro scored the first two goals of the half, Danny Ives scored the lone goal for Lees-McRae with 1:34 left in the quarter on an assist from Brandon Marks to make it 6-5.

After the Ives goal, the Pride scored four unanswered goals to close the game and make the final score 10-5.

Greensboro outshot Lees-McRae 35-18 including 22-11 shots on goal and picked up 22 ground balls compared to 14 for the Bobcats.

Sleight led the Bobcat offense with two points with a goal and an assist. Brandon Marks and Derin Vacca collected three ground balls apiece, and John White forced three turnovers.

Andy Nesdill took the loss between the pipes despite making 11 saves.

Lees-McRae will open their conference schedule this weekend when they travel to Queens University of Charlotte to take on the Royals February 21st at 2:00 p.m.

Box score

2009 Season Stats

Pictured: Neil Sleight