The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team stayed hot, winning their third straight game and clinched the No. 4 seed in the SAC Tournament starting Wednesday. Earning the four-seed is crucial for LR as it assures them a home Quarterfinal game which will be a rematch with Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday night. The Bears defeated Mars Hill, 19-6 on the road Saturday in the regular season finale.
Lenoir-Rhyne outscored Mars Hill 5-0 in the first quarter and never looked back in the one-sided victory. Ellie Campbell scored just under two minutes into the contest and Kaitlyn Lehman went back-to-back as LR grabbed a 3-0 advantage.
The quarter would end with Suzy Smith scoring twice and then assisting on Alexa Burghardt’s second quarter goal as LR started the game on a 6-0 run. After Mars Hill’s first score of the game, LR went right back to work and scored four straight. Smith scored twice in the run and Jolan Morey and Emilee Foxall also added scores as it was 10-1 LR with 5:43 left in the first half.
Mars Hill cut it to 11-4 at the break and scored the first goal of the second half to make it 11-5. However, LR would seal the victory with eight straight goals and invoke the running clock with 4:57 left in the third quarter.
Six different Bears scored a goal in the 8-0 run. Smith paced LR with six goals and added a pair of assists for an eight point afternoon.
Campbell had four goals and Morey had two goals and six helpers.
Lehman netted her second hat trick in three games this one on just four shots. Cassie Lafler had three caused turnovers and Campbell added a team-high four draw controls.
The Bears are 4-0 all-time against Mars Hill and have won all but one game by double figures. LR has scored exactly 19 goals in each of the last two meetings with the Lions.
The Bears are 38-26 all-time in the month of April. The win was the 49th in the LR coaching career of Carlee Buck, extending her all-time lead in that category.
The 19 goals ties for the most in a game this season for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 8-9 overall, but 6-4 in South Atlantic Conference play. The Bears will turn to postseason play when they host LMU on Wednesday in the SAC Quarterfinal. LR just handed LMU a 16-13 defeat at Moretz Stadium last Saturday which serves as the tiebreaker. Each team finished the year 6-4 in league play.