The Fort Lewis College women's lacrosse team outscored Lees-McRae College by a 13-3 margin in the first half, rallying from an early 3-2 deficit with a 19-0 surge en route to a 23-4 victory in non-conference play on Saturday afternoon on the campus of Lindenwood University. Fort Lewis (5-5) outshot
Lees-McRae (1-9) by a 39-6 margin, including a 23-5 advantage in the first half, while winning the ground ball battle by a stretch of 27-11. The Sky Hawks converted 13-of-15 clear attempts, while each team controlled 14 draws.
Olivia Gudewich (Frederick, Md.) paced the Bobcats with two goals, as Tiffany Rodman (Corona, Calif.) and Nicole Dupont (Fort Myers, Fla.) each found the back of the net. Anna DeLuke (Woodstock, Ga.) tallied an assist, as Gudewich and Katelin Rooney (Naples, Fla.) both tallied a team-high five draw controls. Jessica Travers (Asheville, N.C.) made eight saves between the pipes for the Bobcats.
Kylie Smith and Jessica Norby both scored a game-high four goals to lead the way for Fort Lewis, as Jessica Adams, Abby Kvidera, Amanda Hoffmeyer, and Kathryn Dunn each posted a hat trick. Norby also added two assists, as Smith paced the Sky Hawks with a game-high seven ground balls. Genna Waugh and Shelby Wichkoski combined for two saves between the pipes.
Fort Lewis jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first three minutes, opening the two-goal advantage on a strike by Smith before Gudewich and Dupont evened the tally at 2-2 just over five minutes into the contest. After Rodman gave the Bobcats a 3-2 lead with her first of the season five minutes later, the Sky Hawks answered with 11 goals over the next 20 minutes to surge to a 13-3 lead at halftime.
The Sky Hawks carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with eight goals in the first 17 minutes to stretch the margin to 21-3 following Dunn's second strike of the afternoon. Gudewich would answer with her second of the day for the Bobcats, before Fort Lewis capped the scoring with a pair of late strikes.
Lees-McRae returns to action on Sunday when the Bobcats take on Lindenwood University in non-conference play at 12:30 p.m. in Saint Charles, Mo.
Royals Defeat Bobcats On Senior Day
The Queens University of Charlotte men's lacrosse team outscored Lees-McRae College by a 14-1 margin in the first half en route to an 18-2 victory on Saturday afternoon in Conference Carolinas play on Tate Field.
Queens (6-5, 1-2 CC) outshot Lees-McRae (1-10, 0-5 CC) by a 50-16 margin, including a 33-6 advantage in the first half, as the Bobcats edged the Royals, 41-38, in ground balls. The Royals edged the Bobcats by a 14-10 margin in face-off wins, as Queens converted 24-of-28 clear attempts.
Danny Ives (Cheadle, Cheshire, England) paced the Bobcats with his 27th goal of the season to celebrate his senior day, as Jeff White (Middle Township, N.J.) also found the back of the net. Brett Yusiewicz (Chapel Hill, N.C.) tallied an assist, as Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, Fla.) posted 14 saves and seven ground balls.
Derin Vacca (Wake Forest, N.C.) and Ryan Sparks (Hilton Head, S.C.) each recorded six ground balls and five face-off wins, as Bryan Bosley (Hanover, Pa.) and Benjamin Shifflett (Clemmons, N.C.) both caused three turnovers.
Andrew Hyland and Casey Hock each tallied three goals for the Royals, as Matthew Michael posted two goals and three assists. Evan Farkas and Hock both recorded two helpers, as Kenneth Stryker won 13-of-22 face-offs. Hyland and Nick Simonetti combined for seven saves between the pipes for the Royals.
Queens jumped out to a 4-0 advantage before Ives responded for the Bobcats, taking a pass from Yusiewicz and beating the goaltender to cut the margin to 4-1 at the 6:00 mark of the first quarter. The Royals would answer with a trio of strikes to take a 7-1 lead into the second, before tallying seven goals in the second quarter to take a 14-1 advantage into the intermission.
After Queens pushed the margin to 16-1 with a pair of short-handed goals in the third, White opened the fourth with a spectacular effort, finding the bottom corner of the net while taking a punishing hit to tally his second goal of the season. The Royals would counter with a pair of late strikes to answer the final margin of 18-2.
Lees-McRae is expected to return 14 letter-winners from this year's squad, including rising seniors Sparks, Nick Netting (Arlington, Va.), and Jon Batsel (Raleigh, N.C.).