Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's lacrosse team looks for its first win of the 2019 season on Saturday (Feb. 23) at Tusculum, with opening draw set for 12 p.m. Video and live stats will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - The Bobcats (0-1) dropped their season opener to Keiser University 17-4 back on Feb. 11. Lees-McRae is led by Kalbie Grassett with two goals, while Beth Haynes and Victoria Orozco have also scored on the season for the Bobcats. Haynes, Patterson Jones and Katie Kendrick have each recorded one assist on the season for Lees-McRae. Grassett and Haynes share the team lead in points with two each, while three others each have one point so far on the season. The Bobcats have scooped up 25 total ground balls on the year, led by five each from Emily Davidson, Haynes and Samantha Thomson. Grassett has collected three ground balls on the season, while three others have picked up two each and Christa Tumminello also has one. Lees-McRae has also caused six turnovers on the season, led by Haynes with two. Four other Bobcats have caused one turnover each so far on the season. Lees-McRae has won eight draw controls so far on the season, led by four from Grassett while Haynes has three and Jones also has one. Both Davidson and Thomson have seen time in the cage so far for the Bobcats, with Davidson making five saves and Thomson having four.
About Tusculum - The Pioneers enter the matchup at 0-3 overall. The Pioneers are fifth in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) in scoring with 23 goals scored, while being tied for third in the league in assists with nine. Juliette Cusano leads the Pioneers and is second in the conference with nine goals, while Brittany Lowery is second on the team and tied for eighth individually in the league with seven goals. Four other Pioneers have scored goals on the season so far. Jessica Spiegel leads the team and is tied for eighth individually in the league with three assists, while three other Pioneers have each recorded two assists so far on the season. Tusculum is tied for second in the league in ground balls with 49, and led individually by Kate Pipkin who is tied for third in the league with 12. 12 other Pioneers have picked up at least one ground ball on the season. Tusculum is third in the league in caused turnovers with 18, led individually by Cusano with four who is tied for fifth individually. Seven other Pioneers have caused at least one turnover on the season. Tusculum is also sixth in the SAC in draw controls with 22, led by Cusano who is tied for ninth individually with eight. Five other Pioneers have snatched at least one draw control on the season. Pipkin has played all three games in net for Tusculum so far on the season, owning the fifth-best goals against average (GAA) in the league at 16.33, the sixth-best save percentage in the league at .402 and the second-highest save total in the league with 33.
Series History vs. Opponents - This will be the third all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and Tusculum in women's lacrosse, with Tusculum winning the previous two meetings.