BANNER ELK, NC - The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats women's lacrosse hosted Dowling College at Tate Field Tuesday afternoon, falling to the Golden Lions 22-9 in non-conference action. Dowling improves to 3-0 with the win while the Lady Bobcats slip to 0-8 this season.
Stephanie Cotter put the visitors on the board first just over three minutes into the game. Lady Bobcats freshman Desiree Cox (Hendersonville, TN) responded for the home side, burying her 27th of the season on a nice give and go with classmate Ellie Psillas (Hagerstown, MD). Kelly Cefalu regained the lead for the Golden Lions at 22:51 before Psillas knotted the first of two on the day for her to tie the score for the second time at 22:00. Cefalu and Vanessa Moreira scored back to back goals thirty seconds apart for their first multi goal lead but once again the Lady Bobcats would respond with Cox sniping her 28th on a beautiful individual effort to draw the home side to within one. The Golden Lions would then close the half on an 8-0 run to coast into halftime with a comfortable 12-3 lead with Cefalu completing a first half hat trick at 1:01.
The second half saw the Lady Bobcats get on the board first however a pair of goals by Samantha Messineo and a single by Brianna Falese halted any thoughts Lees-McRae may have had about stealing the momentum. The resilient and youthful Lady Bobcats would not quit, rattling off four straight goals to get themselves back into things. Unfortunately, the Golden Lions would do one better and go on a 5-0 run to win their third straight.
Messineo led all scorers with a game high seven points off of a pair of goals and a nickel's worth of assists. Cefalu was the big goal scorer for Dowling, burying a hat trick in each half.
Cox led the Lady Bobcats with six goals, improving her season total to 32. Psillas chipped in with a pair of goals and a pair assists while sophomore Abby White (Madisonville, TN) rounded out the scoring with her fifth of the season.
Rachel Goldstein finished with four saves while Lady Bobcats keeper Olivia Maurey (Plant City, FL) registered seven.
The Lady Bobcats will resume Conference Carolinas action next Saturday, March 29th when they travel to Gaffney, SC to battle #2 Limestone College.
PICTURED: Desiree Cox