BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Freshman Tiffany Laster scored the game-winning goal one minute left in regulation while the Lees-McRae women's lacrosse team staved off a feisty Brevard squad, 20-19, in nonconference action Wednesday afternoon at Tate Field in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Bobcats (6-4) scored 15 goals or more for the fifth time in their last eight contests while freshman Peyton LeCompte (Carolina Beach, N.C.) moved into second in the conference in goals scored (42). The Tornados (1-11) used an incredible performance from Caitlyn Nemeth, who scored nine goals on 16 shots.
LeCompte tallied six goals while Laster (Jupiter, Fla.) matched her teammate with a six-goal effort.
Both teams exchanged blows early and often while the score was 10-9 LMC at the break.
Tracy dished out five assists in the contest and currently sits second in Conference Carolinas in the category with 30.
BC produced a 3-0 run in under two minutes to grab a 9-7 lead with 4:52 remaining in the first half.
Coach Ray Cameron's squad returned the favor with a 3-0 run of its own, while LeCompte was the responsible party for two of them. Tracy and Taylor Drake (Jupiter, Fla.) earned assists in the spirt.
Tracy fed LeCompte two more assists, but junior Tiffany Hanes (Dickinson, Texas) whipped a shot past Shelby Arsenault with 22:58 remaining regulation to give LMC a 14-10 advantage.
The Bobcats would stretch the lead to five, 16-11, after freshman Casey Reagan (Midlothian, Va.) notched her third goal of the day at the 18:25 mark.
The Tornados wouldn't go down quietly while they produced a 6-1 run to tie the contest at 17 with 10:26 on the clock.
Nemeth tallied three goals and an assist in the run.
LMC would strike for two quick goals in a 49-second span to retake the lead.
BC retorted with two goals of its own moments later to tie it at 19.
Freshman Sara Henderson (Huntersville, N.C.) gained draw control with two minutes remaining, setting the table for Laster's heroics.
The freshman took advantage of a free position attempt and scored her sixth goal of the game.
Drake gained the next draw control to ice the win for the Bobcats.
Junior Mia Emmerson (Orlando, Fla.) stonewalled 16 shots and currently leads the conference with a 50.4 save percentage.
LMC held the slight advantage in groundballs (27-26) and shots (39-36).
The Bobcats wrap up their nonconference slate when they welcome Columbia (S.C.) Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m.
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