LMC Sports Roundup.... (2018-09-02 13:51:20)

Bobcats drop narrow 2-1 2OT decision to Lenoir-Rhyne Saturday night

BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team fell in heartbreaking fashion in its home opener Saturday night (Sept. 1) to Lenoir-Rhyne 2-1 in double overtime.

Game summary – The two teams played a tight yet scoreless first half, with L-R holding a slim 3-2 edge in shots at the break. The Bears would score the first goal in the 61st minute on a scramble in front of the net off a rebound to silence the home crowd. In tight in the LMC box, Victor Cascon rifled a shot right at Bobcats keeper Anton Sundstrom. Sundstrom made the reactionary save, but the ball deflected right to Cameron Saul who was on the doorstep to stash it home. Lees-McRae would push back a little later on, creating chances with ball movement on the rush. In the 78th minute, Pol Vassart created a rush through the middle and was able to draw defenders. Hustling hard straight up the gut, Vassart found Johannes Oeksnevad on the right wing, and the sophomore buried a low shot to the right corner for his first of the year to knot the match at one. The two teams played 10 minutes of extra time, in which LMC out-shot L-R 5-1, but the teams would go to a second extra session still tied. Just over four minutes into the second overtime, a long ball was sent downfield spotted by Goncalo Garcia. Garcia was able to corral the high-bouncing ball and beat Sundstrom for the winner to get L-R its first win of the season.

Stats rundown - Lees-McRae fired 11 shots in the contest, putting seven on frame. Vassart and Oeksnevad each put two shots on net for the Bobcats, while three others each put one shot on frame. Sundstrom (0-2-0) made five saves in the loss.

Up next - The Bobcats are back at Tate Field on Wednesday looking for their first win when they battle Mars Hill in non-conference action. Kickoff for that match is slated for 7:00 p.m.

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Women's Soccer falls at home to Lynn on Saturday

BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team dropped its home contest to visiting Lynn University on Saturday (Sept. 1) at Tate Field by a score of 2-0.

Game summary – The two teams were back and forth for the first part of the opening half, before Gabriela Moreira scored what would be the winner at the 28-minute mark off an assist from Morgan Meltzer. The Fighting Knights would take their 1-0 lead to the half, before Monica Rojas scored her first of the season in the 62nd minute from Tara Harris to double her team's lead for good.

Stats rundown - LMC totaled 14 shots in the contest, including putting seven on net. Katie Jo Daniel and Sarah Giarusso each put two shots on frame, while three other Bobcats each fired one shot on net in the loss. Alexis Feely (0-2-0) recorded her second straight game with double-digit saves, stopping 10 shots in the match.

Up next - The Bobcats will hit the road for the first time this season on Wednesday (Sept. 5) when they travel to Jefferson City, Tenn. for a 7:00 p.m. date with No. 2 Carson-Newman.

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Bobcats drop a pair on final day of UNC Pembroke Invitational

PEMBROKE, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team dropped a pair of 3-0 decisions to Shaw and Coker on the final day of the UNC Pembroke Invitational on Saturday. With the pair of losses, Lees-McRae's record moves to 1-7 on the season.

Shaw Recap – In its opening match against Shaw, the Bobcats ran into an offense that was on a mission. As a team, the Bears hit .282 on 103 attacks. Saraya Kink provided the bulk of the offense for the Bears with 13 kills on 21 attacks. Along with the performance by Kink, the Bears also had two other players in Karla Sosa and Tapanga Moten that hit better than .400 in 10 or more attacks for the match. With Shaw's balanced attack rolling, the Bobcats fell in three sets: 25-16, 25-20, 25-16.

Sophomore Caitlyn Smirne led the Bobcat attack totaling eight of the team's 28 kills in the contest. Smirne was also one of two Bobcats to finish with double-figure dig totals against the Bears with 10. Joining Smirne with double-figures in digs was Allie Cunningham, who had a team-high 12 digs.

Coker Recap – The Bobcats struggled to get their offense rolling in their final match of the weekend. As a team, Lees-McRae committed at least six attack errors in each of the three sets. Coker took full advantage of these miscues to sweep the Bobcats for the second straight weekend (25-15, 25-22, 25-17).

Elissa Small led the Bobcat attack with nine kills. Setting Small and the rest of Bobcat attackers up against Coker was Megan Gallion. Gallion finished the contest with 21 assists and 13 digs for her second double-double performance of the season.

Next Up – Lees-McRae will be back in action next weekend when it heads to Athens, West Virginia for three more non-conference matches against Concord, West Virginia Tech and Kentucky State.

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Cross Country opens 2018 with a strong showing at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational

SALISBURY, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College cross country programs began their 2018 seasons with a strong showing Saturday morning at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational. LMC's men's team placed second among the 10 teams competing, while the women's squad finished fifth among the 12-team field.

Overall, the Bobcats had seven runners place among the top 25 times in the 98-person field Saturday. Leading the way for Lees-McRae's men's squad was the senior duo of Austin Thompson and Shawn Graves. Thompson finished sixth with a time of 27:55.3. Graves, meanwhile, also placed within the top 10 finishes placing ninth with a time of 28:15.0.

In the 5k women's race, senior Jordyn Halvorsen posted the best time for LMC with a mark of 22.14.4. Not far behind Halvorsen was fellow Bobcat Brianne Heard who finished 13th with a time of 22.15.2 in her first race as a collegiate runner.

For the complete results of Saturday's race click HERE.

The Bobcats will return to action on September 14 when they make the trek to Newton, N.C. to compete in the Lenoir-Rhyne Cross Country Invitational.

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