BANNER ELK, NC - The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats hosted nationally ranked Limestone College in Conference Carolinas women's lacrosse action Wednesday night at Tate Field, falling 24-8 to the #2 Saints. The Saints improve their Conference Carolinas record to 8-0, and 11-1 overall while the Lady Bobcats fall to 1-12, (0-8).
Terri George opened the scoring early for the Saints, capitalizing on a fast break taking the feed from Kelly Lickert at 29:20. Reigning Conference Carolinas and Nike/Inside Lacrosse National Player of the Week Desiree Cox evened the score just seven seconds later, gaining possession on the ensuing draw and using her speed to get past a trio of Saints defenders to knot the score at one. The game continued to be up temp and the scoring quick as Lickert answered back with her first of the game at 28:58, this time on the scoring end of the fast break with Christine Grogg drawing the assist. One minute later, Lickert and Grogg would hook up again to give the Saints the 3-1 lead. The Saints would score three more with the game only six minutes old, grabbing a comfortable 6-1 lead. Abby White scored at 23:05 for the Lady Bobcats to stop the bleeding and Cox followed it up with her second at 22:38 to chase Saints starter Erin Cavanaugh from the cage after giving up three goals on three shots. After the goalkeeper change, the Saints raised their game, going on an 8-0 run to put things firmly out of reach for the home side. Defender Cloe Klaus extended her goal scoring streak to four games and Clair Shaw got two back for the Lady Bobcats but the second ranked Saints were too much for the youthful Lees-McRae squad, answering back with a pair of goals to make it 16-5 at halftime.
The Saints opened the second half with a 3-0 run to push their lead to 19-5, however the resilient Lady Bobcats would continue to work hard, desperately trying to close the gap. Julia Campbell and Klaus hooked up for a nice give and go with Campbell finding the back of the net at 21:05, giving her a career high three game goal scoring streak. After two more by the Saints, the Lady Bobcats would bury back to back markers, continuing to battle and play their game. Ellie Psillas found the back of the net with a great individual effort and Cox completed her hat trick at 11:54. The Saint would add three more before the final buzzer taking the game 24-8 and remaining a perfect 8-0 in Conference Carolinas.
Olivia Maurey would play the full sixty minutes in the Lady Bobcats goal registering 14 saves while Michaela Reynolds would relieve Cavanaugh and register five saves.
Casey Wilcox would lead all scorers with a six point game on a pair of goals and four assists. Lickert would lead the Saints with a game high four goals and an assist while teammate Melissa Howard matched her five point effort with one goal and four assists. Kelly Oterson and Katie Ilott would bury a hat trick for the visitors while Shea Farrell and Marissa Pesce would all add a pair.
Cox' hat trick now gives the freshman midfielder 57 goals in just 12 games. The Hendersonville, TN native entered the contest as the nation's leading scorer in total goals and goals per game, (4.91).
The Lady Bobcats will resume Conference Carolinas action this weekend hosting Queen's University of Charlotte Royals. Game time is scheduled for 2:00pm at Tate Field.
PICTURED TOP: Olivia Maurey
PICTURED BELOW: Desiree Cox