April 1, 2011

Strong first half pushes Bears past Bobcats

Box score

HICKORY, N.C. --- Sarah Minick scored five goals to lead the Lenoir-Rhyne University women's lacrosse team to an 18-6 win over visiting Lees-McRae College on Friday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne (4-7) outshot the Bobcats (2-5) by a 41-16 margin, holding an 11-5 advantage on the scoreboard at halftime before tallying seven of the game's eight goals in the second half. The Bears also held a narrow 24-19 margin in ground balls, while converting 20-of-21 clear attempts and limiting the Bobcats to a 9-for-14 mark in clearing chances.

Emily Guenthner (Nampa, Idaho) posted her third straight hat trick for the Bobcats, pacing Lees-McRae with three goals while Ellie Psillas (Hagerstown, Md.) recorded one goal and two assists. Jody Parlier (Banner Elk, N.C.) and Lexi King (Woodstock, Ga.) also each notched a goal as Laura Hawthorne (Winter Garden, Fla.) added an assist. Taylor Moody (Woodstock, Ga.) made 10 saves in 50 minutes between the pipes for Lees-McRae, while Martha Peacock (Mooresville, N.C.) added two stops over the final 11 minutes.

Minick paced the Bears with five goals, while Stevie Dellinger and Brittany Brew added four and three tallies, respectively. Hayley Beattie also chipped in two goals as Rachel Hall posted a game-high three assists. Amanda Cotto recorded seven saves in goal for Lenoir-Rhyne.

The Bears jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first 1:13 of the first half before Guenthner responded for Lees-McRae, cutting the margin to 2-1 with her first of the game at the 28:35 mark. Lenoir-Rhyne answered with three straight goals to take a 5-1 lead on Hayley Beaty's first of the game with 25:57 left in the half.

Parlier and Guenthner countered for the Bobcats, trimming the margin to 5-3 when Guenthner took a pass from Psillas and found the back of the net at the 19:58 mark. The Bears answered once again, tallying five straight goals to push the lead to 10-3 before Psillas and King cut the margin to 10-5 with 3:38 to play in the half.

After tallying the final goal of the first half to take an 11-5 lead into the intermission, Lenoir-Rhyne opened the second period with three straight goals to push the margin to 14-5 on Dellinger's fourth of the afternoon at the 22:20 mark. Guenthner answered just over a minute later, taking a feed from Psillas and beating the L-R goalie to cap the scoring for the Bobcats.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Sunday when the Bobcats travel to Laurinburg, N.C. to take on St. Andrews Presbyterian College in a Conference Carolinas matchup at 2 p.m.

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