Lees-McRae Falls to Coker in CC Action

BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Coker College outscored Lees-McRae College by a 9-2 margin through the first three quarters on Saturday afternoon en route to a 10-4 win in Conference Carolinas play on Tate Field.

Coker (2-4, 1-1 CC) outshot Lees-McRae (1-6, 0-2 CC) by a 32-26 margin, including a 16-7 edge in the first half, while holding a 35-32 advantage in ground balls and converting 24 of 27 clear attempts. The Bobcats won 12 of 18 face-offs while converting 19 of 23 clears.

Josh Shingleton (Temecula, Calif.) paced the Bobcats with two goals, as Brett Yusiewicz (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Benjamin Shifflett (Clemmons, N.C.) each added a strike of their own. Derin Vacca (Wake Forest, N.C.), Nick Netting (Arlington, Va.) and Ryan Sparks (Hilton Head, S.C.) each tallied an assist, as Jeff White (Middle Township, N.J.) posted a game-high eight ground balls. Vacca won 11 of 14 face-offs, as Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, Fla.) made 13 saves between the pipes for Lees-McRae.

Keith LaClair, Steve Marciano, Timothy Smith, and Adam Zinsmeister each tallied two goals to lead the way for Coker, as Marciano dished out a game-high three assists. Ryan Vento added two helpers, as Zinsmeister chipped in five ground balls. Tim Ryan recorded 14 saves between the pipes for Coker.

Coker opened an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter, recording the game's first goal on a LaClair strike with 5:15 to play in the period. Shifflett got the Bobcats on the board at the 10:08 mark of the second quarter, tallying his first collegiate goal off an assist from Sparks to halve the margin to 2-1.

Marciano would add two man-up goals to push the lead to 4-1, with the second of which coming at the 2:51 mark of the second to send the Cobras into the intermission with a three-goal advantage. After a Zinsmeister strike stretched the lead to 5-1 less than two minutes into the third, Yusiewicz answered with a strike off an assist from Vacca to trim the margin to 5-2 at the 12:44 mark.

Coker would respond with four straight goals, pushing the advantage to 9-2 on back-to-back strikes from Smith to end the third quarter. Shingleton opened the fourth quarter with a pair of goals, trimming the margin to 9-4 at the 11:33 mark before Mikey Mazzola capped the afternoon's scoring with a late goal for Coker.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Wednesday, March 7 when the Bobcats host Rollins College in a 1:00 p.m. matchup on Tate Field.

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BANNER ELK, N.C. Four Cobras scored two goals each, as the Coker lacrosse team rolled to a 10-4 Conference Carolinas win over Lees-McRae College on Saturday afternoon. The win improves the Cobras league record to 1-1.

Coker scored four goals in the opening half, adding another six in the second stanza. Goalie Tim Ryan (Gloucester, R.I.) made 14 saves in the win, allowing just four goals.

Keith LaClair (Lindenhurst, N.Y.), Steve Marciano (Shirley, N.Y.), Timothy Smith (Commack, N.Y.) and Adam Zinsmeister (Annapolis, Md.) each netted a pair of goals for the Cobras, while Ryan Vento (Bellmore, N.Y.) and Mikey Mazzola (Jupiter, Fla.) each added a goal.

Marciano also tallied three assists, Vento handed out two and Mazzola, LaClair and John Bretton (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) each had one.

The Cobras will hit the road for three more games next week starting with Limestone on Tuesday, followed by a pair of games at Chestnut Hill College. The first game will be on Thursday against Chestnut Hill, the second on Saturday against Seton Hill College.


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