BANNER ELK, N.C. – Jaclyn Kernohan scored six goals but it wasn't enough as Lees-McRae College pulled away from Young Harris College late in the second half as the Bobcats recorded a 21-12 non-conference women's lacrosse victory Wednesday (April 2) afternoon at Tate Field.
The Bobcats improved to 4-6 while the Mountain Lions, who had their second largest offensive scoring output of the season, fell to 1-13. Young Harris will travel to Salisbury, N.C., for a 2 p.m. match against Catawba College Sunday (April 6).
Young Harris struck first on an Ivey Franklin goal 44 seconds into the match, but Lees-McRae scored the next five goals to open a 5-1 lead on a Nicole Dupont goal with 15:24 left in the first half. The Mountain Lions wouldn't be deterred as they scored three unanswered goals by Franklin, Kaylynn Roach and Marisa Martelli to pull within a goal at 5-4 with 4:40 left in the half. Katelin Rooney added a goal with 88 seconds before the half to give Lees-McRae a 6-4 lead at the intermission.
After a LMC goal, Kernohan, who scored all of her goals in the second half, scored back-to-back goals in a span of 37 seconds to pull the Mountain Lions within a goal at 7-6 with 25:44 to play. Lees-McRae broke open the match as they scored four of the next five goals to open up an 11-7 advantage. Goals by Kernohan, Caitlin Pardus and Jordana Freitas pulled the Mountain Lions within two goals at 12-10 with 16:16 remaining. However, the Bobcats scored the next three goals to open up a 15-10 lead with 12:33 left. After a Kernohan goal, Lees-McRae closed out the match by scoring six of the final seven goals.
Kernohan led the Mountain Lions with six goals while Franklin had two and Roach, Freitas, Martelli and Pardus each tallied one. Freitas, Kernohan and Roach each added an assist.
The Mountain Lions scooped up 28 ground balls and won 11 draw controls. Kernohan had six ground balls while Roach collected five. Pardus, Jade Smith and Anna Lummus had three ground balls apiece while Peyton King, Franklin and Sarah Nudelman had two each. Freitas claimed six draw controls while Kernohan added three more.
Nudelman had 11 saves in goal for the Mountain Lions.