Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's lacrosse team will return to action this weekend when it travels to take on conference rivals Barton College on Friday and University of Mount Olive on Saturday. Friday's game against Barton is slated for a 7 p.m. start time, and Saturday's contest at UMO is set to get underway at noon.
Last Time Out – LMC last played in a game on February 23 at Lee University. The Lady Flames got the better of the Bobcats in that matchup winning by a score of 17-5. The loss moved Lees-McRae's record on the season to 1-2.
Making Moves in March – The Bobcats hope to find the same or even better success this month than they had a year ago. Three of Lees-McRae's five wins last season came during March. Over the last three seasons, 10 of the program's 17 wins during that stretch has come during the year's third month.
Critical Conference Clashes – Beginning with the two conference games on the road this weekend, the Bobcats will enter a critical stretch of their 2018 season. Nine of the team's last 10 games this spring will be against league foes. LMC's conference record currently sits at 1-0 after defeating Southern Wesleyan 12-3 in mid-February.
More Points for Madden – Lees-McRae's leading point scorer so far this spring has been senior Constance Madden. The Stuart, Florida native ranks second on the team with three goals, while pacing the squad with a pair of assists for a total of five points.
About the Opponents – Barton, which is in its second-ever season of women's lacrosse this spring, has already surpassed its win total from its inaugural 2017 campaign. The Bulldogs are 3-5 overall and 1-2 in league action with those victories coming against N.C. Wesleyan, Mars Hill and Erskine. Leading the Bulldog attack has been the duo of Jenna Brunclik and Angelina Scarpa with 24 and 23 points, respectively.
Mount Olive enters Saturday's game with Lees-McRae with a perfect 4-0 mark in conference play and a 7-2 record overall. UMO is one of just three teams in the conference to surpass the 100-goal plateau this spring with the others being Emmanuel and Limestone. In league games, the Trojans are outscoring their opponents, 81-14.
Series Rewind – Lees-McRae split the two meetings against its two opponents this weekend in 2017. LMC knocked off the Bulldogs 14-4 in Banner Elk in the first ever meeting between the two programs. UMO, however, picked up a 27-1 win over LMC on the latter's home field last spring.