CHARLOTTE, NC--The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats battled the Mercyhurst Lakers in non-conference women's lacrosse action Friday afternoon, falling 25-5 to the nationally ranked Lakers to drop to 0-3 (0-2 Conference Carolinas) this season. The contest against the Lakers, ranked tenth in the nation was played at a neutral site, Queen's University of Charlotte Athletic Complex.
The Lady Bobcats were in for a tough game dealing with the Lakers' Breanna Haggerty, an All-American candidate who was named a Player to Watch for the Tewaaraton Trophy, (equivalent to the Heisman Trophy for men's and women's college lacrosse), earlier this week. Haggerty lived up to her billing burying six goals and adding a pair of assists.
Page Christensen was also good for six goals while Jessie Horeth added three goals and two assists and Kristen Toomey posted two goals and three assists. Celeste Shefferly, Ashley Dulaney, Kimberly Masterton, and Maria Rosettie rounded out the scoring for the Lakers who open the season 1-0.
After Horeth put Mercyhurst on top just 13 seconds into the contest, the Lady Bobcats battled back with two consecutive goals to take a short-lived lead four minutes into the contest. Both goals were scored by freshman Desiree Cox (Hendersonville, TN) who ended up scoring the Lady Bobcats other three as well to establish her career game high at five goals just three games into her collegiate career. Cox leads the Lady Bobcats in scoring with ten goals in three games.
Mercyhurst outshot Lees-McRae 47-11, including 28-6 in the first half. The Lakers also held a 34-26 edge in ground balls and won 18-of-32 draw controls.
The Lady Bobcats will resume Conference Carolinas play this weekend when they travel to Belmont Abbey College Sunday afternoon. Game time is scheduled for 2:00pm.
PICTURED: Desiree Cox