Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's lacrosse team looks for its first win this week, making up its previously-postponed game at Tusculum on Thursday (Mar. 21) at 5 p.m. before hosting Barton for Senior Day on Sunday (Mar. 24) at 1 p.m. Video and live stats for both games will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - Lees-McRae enters the week at 0-5 and 0-3 in Conference Carolinas. The Bobcats are ninth in the league with 33 goals scored, and also tied for seventh with 15 assists on the season. Beth Haynes leads the team in goals with nine, while Patterson Jones is second on the team with eight. Five other Bobcats have scored goals so far on the season. Haynes's six assists also lead the team, while four others have helped on goals so far this season. Haynes also leads the team in points with 15, while Jones is second on the team with 11. Six other Bobcats have recorded points so far on the season. Lees-McRae is 10th in Conference Carolinas in ground balls with 81, led individually by Haynes with 16. Three other Bobcats have collected at least 10 ground balls on the season, while another seven have picked up at least one. Lees-McRae is also 10th in the conference in caused turnovers with 28, led by Haynes with nine. Seven other players have caused turnovers so far on the season. Lees-McRae is also eighth in the conference in draw controls with 59, led by Kalbie Grassett whose 27 are tied for 12th individually in the conference. Haynes is second on the team with 19, while three others have registered at least one draw control on the season. Samantha Thomson and Emily Davidson have split time between the pipes this season for the Bobcats, combining for a 17.60 goals against average (GAA), a .353 save percentage and 48 saves.
Reeves has played in 16 games in her Lees-McRae career, starting in all 16 of them. She has tallied one career assist for one career point, and has also totaled 14 ground balls and eight caused turnovers in her career. Her favorite memory is getting hit in the stomach with a ball in her first collegiate lacrosse game. The Lakeland, Fla. native is the daughter of Ron and Ada Reeves, and will graduate with a degree in psychology as well as a minor in criminal justice. After graduation, she plans to take a year off before pursuing a master's degree.
Shepard has played in 32 games in her collegiate career, starting in all 32. She has totaled three career goals, all of them on free position attempts, for three career points. She has totaled 35 ground balls in her career, and is also tied for 10th all-time in career caused turnovers with 27. She is also ninth on the all-time career list for caused turnovers per game at 0.84. Her favorite memory is scoring a goal against Belmont Abbey during her sophomore year. The Buffalo, N.Y. native is the daughter of Phillip Iler and Tracey Shepard, and plans to graduate with a degree in psychology. Her plans after graduation include moving back to New York and attending graduate school.
About the Opponents - Tusculum enters the week at 1-6 overall and 0-1 in South Atlantic Conference (SAC) play. Tusculum ranks last in the league in goals scored (67), while being tied for fifth in the league in assists with 34. Juliette Cusano leads the team and is tied for fifth in the conference with 23 goals, while Brittney Lowery is second on the team with 17 goals and Rachel Holmes has also scored 13 goals. Four other Pioneers have scored so far this season. Bailey Lowery leads the team and is tied for fifth in the conference with 12 assists, while six others have helped on Pioneer goals this season. Cusano's 25 points also lead the team, and are tied for eighth individually in the conference. Brittney Lowery (19), Holmes (18) and Bailey Lowery (13) are the other Pioneers with at least 10 points on the year, while three others have also recorded at least one point on the season. Tusculum is ninth in the league with 105 total ground balls, led by Kate Pipkin with 21. Cusano (16) and Eliza Ryan (12) are the only other Pioneers with at least 10 ground balls, while 11 others have picked up at least one so far on the year. Tusculum is also ninth in the league with 46 caused turnovers, led by Cusano whose nine are tied for 10th in the SAC. 10 other Pioneers have caused at least one turnover so far on the season. Tusculum ranks last in the SAC in draw controls with 67, led by 21 from Cusano which is tied for 12th in the league individually. Brittney Lowery (17), Emily Youngblood (12) and Holmes (11) are the only others who have collected at least 10 draw controls on the season, while four others have won one apiece. Pipkin is the main goalkeeper for the Pioneers, logging 360:00 between the pipes so far on the season. She owns a 16.00 GAA, a .389 save percentage and has made 61 saves, which is tied for fifth in the league.
Barton enters the week at 5-3 overall and 2-2 in Conference Carolinas, hosting Embry-Riddle on Friday (Mar. 22) before coming to Banner Elk. Barton is currently sixth in the league in scoring with 79 goals, and also fifth in the league with 41 assists. Kayli Ashenfelter leads the Bulldogs and is fifth in the conference with 29 goals, while Angelina Scarpa is the only other Bulldog with double-digit goals so far at 17. 10 other Bulldogs have scored at least one goal so far on the season. Scarpa's 18 assists lead the team and are also second in the conference, while six others have helped on goals this season. Scarpa's 35 points also lead the team and are tied for sixth in the conference, while Ashenfelter's 33 are second on the team and eighth in the conference. Rebecca Fraser (15) is the only other player with double-digit points, while nine others have recorded at least one point so far on the season. Barton is sixth in the league in ground balls with 166, with Fraser's 36 leading the team and ranking second in the conference. Katherine Mattena's 25 are second on the team and tied for fourth in the conference, while Kia Morris (13), Alyssa Torres (13) and Ashenfelter (12) are the only other Bulldogs who have picked up at least 10 ground balls on the season. Barton is tied for the league lead in caused turnovers with 102, led individually by Fraser's 28 which individually lead the conference. Morris (12) is the only other Bulldog with at least 10 caused turnovers on the season, while 13 others have caused at least one turnover on the year. Barton ranks seventh in the league in draw controls with 69, led individually by Fraser whose 32 are eighth in the conference. Ashenfelter (16) is the only other player who has won at least 10 draw controls on the season, while six others have recorded at least one win. Mattena is the mainstay in net for the Bulldogs, having logged 393:18 through eight games. Her 11.75 GAA is sixth in the league, while her .434 save percentage is fifth and her 59 saves rank fourth.
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.
This will be the third all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and Barton in women's lacrosse, with the series tied 1-1.