Seniors cap careers in style against No. 3 Limestone

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Seniors Olivia Gudewich (Frederick, Md.) and Alex Smith (West Seneca, N.Y.) celebrated their final game with the Lees-McRae College women's lacrosse team in style on Wednesday evening, as Gudewich moved into second on the program's all-time goals list, and Smith scored her first career goal in the Bobcats' 22-3 setback to Limestone College in Conference Carolinas play on Tate Field.

Prior to the opening draw, Lees-McRae (3-8, 0-6 CC) honored its 2013 senior class, holding a special ceremony to recognize the contributions of Gudewich, Smith, Jessica MacConnell (Cary, N.C.), Nicole Nixon (Charlotte, N.C.), and Jessica Travers (Asheville, N.C.) to the Bobcat women's lacrosse program.

Gudewich and Katelin Rooney (Naples, Fla.) each found the back of the net for the Bobcats, as Smith capped her career in style, scoring her first career goal in the second half.

Rooney and Travers both added an assist, as Mia Emmerson (Orlando, Fla.) and Nixon posted five and four ground balls, respectively. Ximena Dupont (Fort Myers, Fla.) forced three turnovers, while Emmerson made nine saves.

Sarah Oor paced the Saints with five goals and six assists, while Sylvia Queener added three strikes and five helpers. Kacie Harris, Katie Farrell, and Sam McCarrick each posted a hat trick, as McCarrick chipped in two assists. Oor tallied a game-high eight ground balls, while Chelsea Treat recorded six grounders and six draw controls. Maia Czarnecki notched four ground balls and forced a game-high four turnovers.

Limestone jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before the Bobcats responded, halving the margin to 2-1 when Gudewich controlled the draw broke down the wing for her 75th career goal at the 27:08 mark.

The Saints answered with six goals, pushing the lead to 8-1 on Queener's third of the night before Rooney found the back of the net off a nifty pass from Travers to trim the advantage to 8-2 with 17:32 left in the half. Smith would provide one of the highlights of the day at the 9:23 mark of the second half, working her way to the front of the cage and delivering a one-touch finish off a pass from Rooney for her first career goal.

Lees-McRae is expected to return eight letter-winners from this year's squad, including rising seniors Rooney, Kathryn Tobias (Abington, Md.), and Nicole Dupont (Fort Myers, Fla.).

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