The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team (11-7) earned a spot in the 2014 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship after downing Newberry (6-11), 16-8, Friday night at the
Queens Sports Complex in the semifinal round.
L-R will face Queens (12-4), the No. 1 seed in the tournament, in the finals on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Queens defeated fourth-seeded Catawba by an 18-7 score in its semifinal match today.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.) scored a match-high six goals while senior midfielder Hayley Beattie (Lebanon, N.J.) scored four times to lead the Bears to the relatively easy win.
Newberry, seeded third in the tournament, was paced by Carly Marksberry (Lawrenceville, Ga.) with two goals and two assists in the losing effort.
Donovan, the Bears' leading scorer, tallied four of her six goals before intermission as Lenoir-Rhyne raced to an 11-2 halftime advantage and never looked back. L-R is seeded second in the tournament.
Lenoir-Rhyne held the advantage in both shots taken (35-18) and ground balls (27-17) and defeated Newberry for the second time this year as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Amanda Cotto (Fort Myers, Fla.) earned the win in goal after playing the first half while Newberry's Morgan Raffaele (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) suffered the loss despite totaling nine saves on the night.
L-R Track Concludes First Day At SAC Championships
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Track and Field Teams stand in third and fourth place, respectively, after day one of the 2014 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Championships Friday at the Irwin Belk Track and Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.
In the men's competition, L-R has totaled 41 points while Wingate leads 51 points. In the women's race, the Bulldogs also sit in first place with 60 points while the Bears have 18 points.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Latham York (Huntersville, N.C.) won the men's javelin throw (165'3") while freshman Brooke Robinson (Newton, N.C.) placed second in the women's long jump (17'7").
The Bears also received a strong performance from sophomore Victor Brannan (Powder Springs, Ga.). Brannan placed third in the men's long jump (21'9").
The conference meet wraps up on Saturday beginning with the men's shot put at 10:00 a.m.
2014 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference
Track and Field Championships
April 18-19, 2014 - Day One Results
Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex
Irwin Belk Track
1. Wingate 51
2. Mars Hill 45
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 41
4. Carson-Newman 26
5. Queens 24
6. Brevard 5
1. Wingate 60
2. Queens 47
3. Anderson 40.5
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 18
5. Carson-Newman 17.5
6. Mars Hill 11
7. Brevard 1
Photo Courtesy: Lauren Donovan, L-R Athletics