BANNER ELK, N.C. - With the 22-4 win over the Converse College Valkyries, the Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats women's lacrosse team has doubled the wins from the previous three seasons combined; head coach Amanda Chase has her ladies at 6-4 overall with seven games remaining in the season.
The Lady Bobcats posted 22 goals, 16 of which were assisted goals. The 16 assists is season high for the team. Ten of the 14 position players recorded an assist in the game with freshman Lexi King leading the way with four assists.
Nine of the 14 Lady Bobcat field players scored in the game, and six players scored multiple goals.
The 18-point margin of victory ties the Lady Bobcats highest margin of victory this season.
The Lady Bobcats sprinted out to a 5-0 lead five minutes into the game before Converse got on the scoreboard at the 23:44 mark.
Lees-McRae went on a 6-0 run before Converse notched their second goal to make it 11-2. Four goals later the Lady Bobcats took a 15-2 lead into the intermission.
The Lady Bobcats picked the scoring right back up in the second half with a 5-0 run to push the lead to 16-2 before Converse added their third goal with 9:36 left in the game.
The two teams traded goals to give the game the final score of 22-4 and give the Lady Bobcats a season sweep of Converse.
Sisters Desiree and Cheryse Cox led the team with six total points each. Both scored four goals and had two assists. Desiree also grabbed a team high four draw controls. Tiffany Paris had five points with three goals and two assists and scooped up a team high seven groundballs. Julia Campbell and Laura Hawthorne, playing in her first game of the season, also scored three goals. Susan Dael added two goals, and Anna DeLuke, Clair Shaw and Lauren Ochoa scored one goal apiece. Kelly Mendsen, who also recorded an assist but did not score, earned a team high four draw controls, as well. Shaw and Lauren Martin caused a team high three turnovers.
For Converse, Carrie Jackson, Lisa Ryan, Ashley Day and Sammeria Crowder all found the back of the net. Carrie Jackson had a team high seven groundballs, and Syndey Brown had a team high four draw controls. Day earned five groundballs, and Crowder and Ryan had four groundballs apiece.
Martha Peacock earned the win with four saves on eight shots on goal for the Lady Bobcats, and Ashley Mercuri took the loss between the pipes for the Valkyries.
Lees-McRae won the groundball battle, 47-31, and draw controls 16-9.
Converse had 25 turnovers compared to Lees-McRae's 16.
Lees-McRae outshot Converse 40-16, and 33-8 shots on goal.
The Lady Bobcats will host Queens University of Charlotte for their next game March 27th at 5:00 p.m.
2009 Season Stats
Pictured: Lexi King