by Benny Benton
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Barton College women's lacrosse team put up a strong fight in the first half of its match at Lees-McRae College on Sunday before fading in the second period of a 14-4 Conference Carolinas loss.
The Lady Bulldogs (0-7, 0-6) trailed just 4-2 after Kelly Dolan's unassisted goal with 1:05 left in the first half before Lees-McRae (2-3, 1-2) tacked on a late goal to take a 5-2 advantage into intermission.
Barton enjoyed a 13-10 edge in total shots in the period, including a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal, and forced the Bobcats into 19 first-half turnovers. However, Lees-McRae goalie Dayna Decesare turned away nine Barton shots in the period, including a free position attempt with four seconds left in the half, to keep the Bobcats in front.
Lees-McRae added two goals in the first 10 minutes of the second period to stretch its lead to 7-2. Barton's Kianna Jimenez found the net with 18:48 left in the match to cut BC's deficit to 7-3, but the Bobcats got the goal back less than a minute later, and would roll off six straight over the next fifteen minutes to put the match away.
The Bobcats held a significant advantage in free position shots, converting 8-of-11 attempts while Barton was 0-for-4. All four BC attempts were stopped by Decesare, who finished the match with 16 total saves.
Jimenez scored two of Barton's four goals and Alyssa Torres added a goal. In addition to her first-half goal, Dolan assisted on two others while also recording four draw controls, four ground balls and two caused turnovers
Sara Henderson paced Lees-McRae with four goals and two assists, while Constance Madden chipped in three goals.
The match ended a three-match road swing for the Lady Bulldogs. Barton will return home for a pair of matches this weekend, beginning Friday with a 6 p.m. non-conference match against NCAA Division III program Hollins (Va.) University.