BANNER ELK, N.C. - Lees-McRae's women's lacrosse team dominated Saturday's home opener against Conference Carolinas foe Erskine College defeating them 21-3 in a match that saw all Lady Bobcats but goalkeeper Martha Peacock registered a goal.
The Lady Bobcats rampage began at the 27:39 mark when freshman Tiffany Paris launched the first ball into the goal, pacing the Lady Bobcats on a 9-0 run.
In the next three minutes the squad added three more tallies on goals by sophomore Lauren Martin, Paris, and freshman Cheryse Cox.
Junior Clair Shaw assisted on two of those goals before scoring an unassisted goal of her own at the 23:38 minute mark to make it 5-0 Lees-McRae.
Another junior, Julia Campbell, continued the scoring run for the Lady Bobcats when she sent the ball past the goalkeeper for her first goal of the game at 22:43. Campbell would finish the game with five points on two goals and three assists.
Freshman Lexi King added another tally to make the score 7-0 before the Lady Fleet took a time out.
The Lady Bobcats continued their attack with another score by Paris and one by Lauren Ochoa before Erskine got on the board with an unassisted goal by Ruth Dye to make the score 9-1.
Lees-McRae finished the half on a 6-0 run with Ochoa and Cheryse Cox adding one apiece, Paris adding two for a total of five goals in the first half, and Desiree Cox and Abby White gaining their first scores of the game.
The Lady Bobcats held a 15-1 lead at the half.
After the intermission, the teams returned to the rain-slickened field only to see Lees-McRae extend the lead to 16-1 on a goal by Campbell.
Dye answered for the Lady Fleet, scoring her second goal of the contest at the 23:55 mark.
Freshman Anna DeLuke and Martin added extra cushion to the lead to make the score 18-2, before Erskine's Erin Conner scored from the hash at 12:36 to make the score 18-3.
After another timeout by Erskine, Lees-McRae finished the game on a 3-0 run with scores by senior Susan Dael, rookie Kelly Mendson, and Martin.
The Lady Bobcats are 4-3 overall and 2-3 in conference, while the Lady Fleet falls to 0-10 overall and 0-9 in conference play.
Lees-McRae resumes play Sunday afternoon when they host Pfeiffer University in another Conference Carolinas match. The game is set to begin at 2:00 p.m.
Pictured: Julia Campbell