BANNER ELK, NC - The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats lost a hard fought 14-13 battle to St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Conference Carolinas women's lacrosse action Tuesday at Tate Field. The Lady Knights improve their record to 4-7 (2-5 Conference Carolinas) while the Lady Bobcats fall to 0-10 (0-6).
Kelsey Binggeli opened the scoring for the visitors just under two minutes into the game, however the lead would be short lived as the Lady Bobcats Desiree Cox would bury a pair, the first just 13 seconds after Binggeli. Kerrie Brown would knot the score at two. Abby White would restore the lead and Cox would complete the hat trick early in the contest to give the home side a two goal lead, the largest for either team throughout the game. A 3-0 run by the Lady Knights would put the visitors back on top, 5-4 with just under ten minutes to play. The Lady Bobcats would again answer back quickly, as Ellie Psillas would score back to back goals, the first just 22 seconds after the Lady Knights run, to regain the one goal lead 6-5. Amelia Henson's first of the year extended the Lees-McRae lead back to two, but a second 3-0 run by the Lady Knights would see the Lady Bobcats fall behind one with 0:38 remaining in the half. Cox would score her fourth of the game with just three seconds remaining on a great individual effort to lock the score at eight as the teams headed to halftime.
The Lady Bobcats would build of the momentum of Cox' late first half goal, scoring the first two of the second as Cloe Klaus and Psillas found the back of the net. Alexis Goldman would get one back, but Psillas' fourth of the game would restore the game with 22:08 remaining. The Lady Knights' third three goal run of the game would give them their first lead of the second half at 12-11 and 11:26 on the clock. Just under three minutes later Cox' 40th goal of the year and fifth of the game deadlocked the teams at 12 for the seventh tie of the game and 8:36 left to play. The teams would play back and forth for three and a half minutes, with Binggeli snapping the tie at 5:05. Courtney Ross would give the visitors a two goal cushion with just under two minutes to play, in what proved to be the game winner. Klaus would get one back for the Lady Bobcats 18 seconds later but it was as close as the home side would get as the Lady Knights were able hold on for their second Conference Carolinas win of the season.
"I am extremely proud of the heart and character we showed today," commented Lady Bobcats Head Coach Andrea Duffy. "We battled hard, competed throughout the game from start to finish."
Cox and Binggeli each buried five goals for the respective teams, while the Knights' Brown also had a five point game finishing with three goals and a pair of assists.
Lady Bobcats goalkeeper Olivia Maurey finished with 17 saves, including four on free position attempts while Elise Moore registered six saves in the Lady Knights net.
The Lady Bobcats will resume Conference Carolinas action Thursday evening when they host Belmont Abbey, while the Lady Knights host Greensboro College in non-conference action Wednesday. The Lady Bobcats contest against Abbey is set for 6:00pm at Tate Field.
PICTURED TOP: Olivia Maurey
PICTURED BELOW: Desiree Cox
PICTURED AT BOTTOM: Ellie Psillas