BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The St. Andrews Presbyterian College men's lacrosse team surged past Lees-McRae College en route to a 16-6 win in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday, outscoring the Bobcats by an 11-1 margin in the second half after the teams played to a 5-5 tie at halftime.
St. Andrews (8-8, 2-3 CC) outshot Lees-McRae (0-10, 0-4 CC) by a 44-34 margin, while winning 19-of-26 face-offs and converting 18-of-23 clear attempts. The Bobcats held a 30-16 advantage in ground balls while converting 18-of-24 clearing chances.
Danny Ives (Cheadle, Cheshire, England) paced the Bobcats with a hat trick, while Quinn Struble (Durham, N.C.), Josh Shingleton (Temecula, Calif.), and Michael LaSalle (Londonderry, N.H.) each tallied one goal. Alex Weitzner (Hilton Head, S.C.) also recorded an assist, as Andy Nesdill (Phoenix, Ariz.) posted nine saves between the pipes.
Chris Michela and Daniel Shields led the Knights with four goals, while Cameron Walsh added a hat trick and Alex Tindall chipped in two tallies. Michela also posted two assists as Kyle Davitt made 13 saves between the pipes for the Knights.
The Bobcats opened the game with a strong first quarter, taking a 3-0 lead into the second period after goals by Ives, Struble, and LaSalle. The Knights rallied in the second, answering with four goals in the initial seven minutes of the period to claim a 4-3 lead on Michela's second of the game.
After Ives evened the score with a strike on the man advantage, and Tindall reclaimed the lead for the Knights with 5:47 left on the clock, Shingleton closed the period with a goal at the 2:41 mark to even the tally at 5-5 heading into the intermission.
The Knights rallied in the third quarter, holding the Bobcats scoreless and pouring in six goals to claim an 11-5 advantage going into the fourth period. St. Andrews opened the fourth with three straight goals before the Bobcats ended the drought, trimming the margin to 14-6 on Ives' third of the afternoon at the 7:17 mark. The Knights then closed out the win with two goals in a 1:10 span, capping the day's scoring at the 3:48 mark on a tally by Michael Thomas.
Lees-McRae is scheduled to take on Pfeiffer University at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in Misenheimer, N.C.
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