Rooney, Bobcats Outmuscle Young Harris

BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Three Lees-McRae players notched hat tricks powered behind a five-goal performance from senior Katelin Rooney in a 21-12 win against Young Harris in a nonconference tilt at Tate Field Wednesday afternoon in Banner Elk, N.C.

The Bobcats (4-6) nearly doubled the opposition in shots taken (43-22) while Rooney (Naples, Fla.) and sophomore Jenah Tracy (Naples, Fla.) combined for nine goals. The Mountain Lions (1-13) scored a goal 44 seconds into the bout, but was unable to fend off an offensive attack from LMC.

YHC drew first blood when Ivey Franklin found the back of the net after less than a minute into the game.

Four different Bobcats tallied a goal in part of a 5-0 run, while senior Nicole Dupont and sister Ximena Dupont (Fort Meyers, Fla.) notched were responsible for three of them.

Franklin retrieved a pass from Jordana Freitas while notching her second goal of the contest, before Kaylynn Roach recorded a goal and an assist to cut the deficit to one, 5-4.

Rooney notched her first goal with 1:28 remaining in the first half.

LMC dominated the draw control category with a 23-11 advantage and held a +8 advantage on groundballs (36-28).

Sophomore Taylor Drake (Jupiter, Fla.) found Tracy exactly one minute into the second half.

The Mountain Lions roared back with consecutive goals from Jaclyn Kernohan within a 38 second span.

Kernohan had a game-high six goals on six shots.

Drake responded with a pair of her own while LMC stretched the lead to three, 9-6.

Both teams would score four goals apiece over the next 3:53, before LMC ripped off a 6-1 run, highlighted by a man-up goal from Julia Colburn (Mooresville, N.C.) to put it out of reach, 19-11.

Rooney capped off the successful offensive showing with two goals in 31 seconds while LMC claimed its second home win of the season.

N. Dupont and Callie Gregg (Roanoke, Va.) recorded hat tricks while Drake and Colburn notched two each. Sophomore Mia Emmerson (Orlando, Fla.) earned the win with while racking up five saves.

The Bobcats will honor N. Dupont, Rooney and Kathryn Tobias (Abington, Md.) on Senior Day, which will be held Saturday at 3:00 p.m. prior to a nonconference game with Chowan.

2014-04-02



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