BANNER ELK, NC - The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats defeated the Presbyterian College Blue Hose 13-11 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference women's lacrosse action Thursday afternoon on Tate Field. Senior Jenn Alevetsovitis (Baltimore, MD) led the way for the Lady Bobcats with a game high four goals. The win was the first of the season for the Lady Bobcats.
After losing their last two games by a goal each, the Lady Bobcats came out flying right from the opening whistle as Alevetsovitis scored a natural hat trick to put the Lady Bobcats up 3-0 just over six minutes into the game, causing the Blue Hose to call a timeout. The Lady Bobcats would extend the lead to 4-0 before Presbyterian got on the board with a goal from Sally Maple at 19:22. Lees-McRae would regain the four goal cushion with a goal from junior Margie Lesser (Manassas, VA) at 18:36 only to have the Blue Hose' Kelly Sisson score 24 seconds later. Lesser would again restore the four goal lead with her second at 17:09 before freshman Ali Shrodes (Woodstock, GA) scored back to back goals at 14:27 and 8:18 to give the Lady Bobcats a commanding 8-2 lead. Junior Brittany Dabkowski (Manchester, MD) would add the first of her two goals on the afternoon at 7:07 to close the first half scoring and send the Lady Bobcat into half time with a comfortable 9-2 lead.
A half time pep talk seemed to generate the Blue Hose offence as they scored back to back goals 46 seconds apart, the first by Trista Sturdivant at 24:47. Teammate Berkley Aiken potted the second to cut the Lady Bobcats lead to 9-4. Alevetsovitis would stop the bleeding for Lees-McRae with her fourth of the day at 23:16, which was then negated by Sturdivant's second of the game at 21:00. The teams would trade yet another goal, leaving the Bobcats with the five goal lead as time continued to tick away. With the score 10-6, and the ten minute mark passed, the Blue Hose began to aggressively attack the Lady Bobcats goal, scoring five goals in the game's final ten minute, compared to the Bobcats two.
Anita Hekman made a total 14 saves in the pipes for the Lady Bobcats, many towards the end of the game with the Blue Hose pressuring to tie the game.
However, the early lead taken by Lees-McRae was enough that the Lady Bobcats could afford giving up one or two of those goals. Alevetsovitis led the Bobcats attack with four goals while also adding a game high 8 ground balls. Lesser contributed a hat trick while Dabkowski and Shordes each added a pair. Junior Stephanie Jaworski (Wellington, FL) added a goal and seven ground balls.
For the Blue Hose, Berkley Aiken led with three goals while Maple, Sturdivant, and Shannon Strodel each added a pair. Kelly Sisson and Sam Freudenthal each contributed single goals for the Blue Hose, who have a two game winning streak stopped and fall to 2-13 overall.
The Lady Bobcats would hold a slight edge in shots for the game 28-25, committed four less turnover with 16 compared to 20 for the Blue Hose and were able to scoop more groundballs, 46-32. The Blue Hose did win more draw controls taking thirteen to the Lady Bobcats eleven.
With the win the Lady Bobcats improve to 1-13 overall. The team will close the season out against ninth ranked Pfeiffer University Falcons at home Tuesday April 18, 2006.