Trojans overcome stifling Bobcat defense in conference clash
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, Fla.) posted his third 20-save performance of the season, and the Lees-McRae College men's lacrosse team held Mount Olive College to a 32 percent shooting percentage in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon, as the Trojans held on for a 16-1 win on Tate Field.
Mount Olive (6-3, 2-0 CC) outshot Lees-McRae (0-11, 0-3 CC) by a stretch of 50-18, including a 29-3 advantage in the first half, while converting 21-of-22 clearing attempts and scooping up 48 ground balls. The Bobcats held the edge in face-off wins, controlling 10-of-19 draws, while recording 44 grounders.
Jeff White (Middle Township, N.J.) paced the Bobcats with his 12th goal of the season, as he and Harrison each scooped up a game-high seven ground balls. Dalton Lamb (Clemmons, N.C.) and Justin McLaughlin (Charlotte, N.C.) both recorded five grounders, while Matt Hanes (Ballwin, Mo.) and Benjamin Shifflett (Clemmons, N.C.) each forced a pair of turnovers. Harrison turned in another fine performance between the pipes, making 21 saves.
Cameron Walsh led the way for Mount Olive, scoring four goals and adding an assist on six shots. Daniel and Matt Shields combined for two goals and seven assists, as Daniel dished out a game-high five helpers. Matt Shields, Matt Devoy and Jake Hancock each tallied a pair of strikes for the Trojans, while Curtis McMullen recorded four ground balls and forced four turnovers. Rocky Bowman, Eli Dodgson and Nico Shewey combined for seven saves in the contest.
The Bobcats battled hard throughout the contest, playing suffocating defense inspired by a career performance by Harrison, who made 12 of his 21 saves in the first half. Mount Olive would take a 9-0 lead into the half, adding four in the third and three in the fourth before White capped the day's scoring with an unassisted strike at the 5:36 mark.
Lees-McRae returns to action on Wednesday when the Bobcats travel to Charlotte, N.C. to continue their conference slate with a 4 p.m. matchup against Queens University of Charlotte.
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