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BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's lacrosse team hosts the University of Mount Olive on Sunday (Mar. 17) at 3 p.m in Conference Carolinas action. Video and live stats will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - Lees-McRae enters the week 0-4 overall and 0-2 in Conference Carolinas. Lees-McRae is ninth in the league in scoring with 30 goals on the season, while also being tied for seventh in the league in assists with 13. Beth Haynes leads the team with nine goals, while Patterson Jones is second on the team with seven. Five other Bobcats have scored at least once on the season. Haynes also leads the team with six assists, while four others have helped on goals so far this season. Haynes is also the only Bobcat with double-digit points on the season (15), while seven other Bobcats have recorded at least one point so far on the season. Lees-McRae is 10th in the league in ground balls with 71, led individually by Haynes with 16. Emily Davidson is second on the team with 13, while Kalbie Grassett and Samantha Thomson have each collected 10. Seven others have picked up at least one ground ball on the season so far. Lees-McRae is also 10th in the league in caused turnovers with 27, led individually by Haynes with nine. Seven other Bobcats have caused turnovers so far on the season. Lees-McRae is also ninth in the league in draw controls with 46, led by Grassett with 20 who is tied for 12th individually in Conference Carolinas. Haynes is second on the team with 19 draw controls, while two other Bobcats have registered at least one so far on the season. Davidson and Thomson have split time in goal for Lees-McRae this season, combining for 41 saves.
About Mount Olive - Mount Olive enters the matchup 6-2 overall and 3-0 in Conference Carolinas, after recently falling out of the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll following a 14-6 loss to No. 7 Rollins back on Mar. 11. The Trojans lead the conference in scoring with 129 goals through eight games, and also lead the league in assists with 49. Meghan Michaud leads the team and is sixth in the conference with 22 goals scored, while Kiara Burke is second on the team and ninth individually in the league with 20 goals. Jordan Shugrue is also third on the team and tied for 10th in the league with 19 goals, while 14 others have scored at least one goal on the season. Jackie Kaderabek leads the team and is second in the conference with 16 assists, while 13 others have helped on at least one goal so far this season. Kaderabek is the team's leading point-scorer and is sixth in the league with 29 points, while Burke and Michaud are tied for second on the team and eighth in the conference with 27 each. Shugrue (20), Tiffany Lee (14) and Kelly Young (13) are the only others to record double-digit points so far on the year, while another 11 Trojans have recorded at least one point on the season. Mount Olive is also the league leader in ground balls with 231, led by Sadie Michael whose 31 are second individually in the league. Eight other Trojans have collected at least 10 ground balls so far on the season. The Trojans also lead the conference in caused turnovers with 90, led by Chaija Olsson, whose 13 are sixth in Conference Carolinas. Michael (12) and Burke (11) are the only other Trojans who have caused at least 10 turnovers on the season. The Trojans have the second-highest draw control total in the league at 120, with Burke's 41 leading the team and being tied for third individually in the conference. Shugrue (21), Lee (13) and Skye Bradley (12) are the only other Trojans to have recorded at least 10 draw controls on the season. Siena Miller is the mainstay in net for the Trojans, owning a league-best 8.14 goals against average, the second-highest save percentage in the conference (.454) and the sixth-highest save total in the league at 44. Samantha Thomson has also played in four games in net for Mount Olive.
Series History vs. Mount Olive - Since 2013, this will be the seventh all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and Mount Olive in women's lacrosse. Mount Olive has won each of the previous six meetings.