Women's Lacrosse

Women's Lacrosse picked tied for eighth in preseason coaches' poll

Women's Lacrosse picked tied for eighth in preseason coaches' poll

Photo courtesy of Sammy Croft


HIGH POINT, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's lacrosse team was picked to finish tied for eighth with Barton College in the Conference Carolinas preseason coaches' poll, the league announced today (Wednesday, Jan. 23).

Defending Conference Carolinas regular season and tournament champion as well as NCAA tournament qualifier Limestone College was picked as the poll favorite with 100 points and 10 first-place votes, while Mount Olive was picked second with 89 points receiving the remaining first-place vote. Belmont Abbey was slated third with 84 points, while North Greenville was tabbed fourth with 73 points. Chowan was picked fifth with 59 points, while Emmanuel (Ga.) was locked in at sixth with 52 points. Converse was picked seventh with 48 points, followed by Lees-McRae and Barton in a tie for eighth with 31 points each. Erskine (26 points) and Southern Wesleyan (12 points) rounded out the poll.

Freshman midfielder Kalbie Grassett, junior midfielder Beth Haynes and senior defender Kat Reeves were selected as players to watch for head coach Cat Lovallo's squad in her first season.

Grassett comes to Banner Elk from Hancock, N.H. and Contoocook Valley Regional High School, and will be playing her first season for the Bobcats this spring. 

In her first season as a Bobcat, Haynes started in and appeared in all 12 of the team's games. She scored 19 goals along with registering two assists for a total of 21 points. As a sophomore, she led team with nine free-position goals on 13 tries. She also scooped up 16 ground balls, logged seven draw controls, 44 shots and caused eight turnovers. The Woodstock, Ga. Native logged a career-high five goals at Erskine on April 11. After the season, Haynes was named to the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll. 

Reeves played and started in all 12 games a year ago as a junior. She registered an assist for her first collegiate point, at Barton on March 16. For the season, she 10 ground balls and caused six turnovers.

The Bobcats open the regular season on Sunday Feb. 10 for an 11 a.m. opening draw at home against Keiser University.

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