Lee Lacrosse Ends Season With Loss To Young Harris

Thursday, April 18, 2019
The Lee women's lacrosse team wrapped up the 2019 season with a 21-5 loss at Young Harris College on Wednesday evening.

Freshman Shayna Ryan capped off her first year with the Lady Flames in style with four goals and one assist. Ryan finished the season first on the team in assists (14) and third in goals (25) and points (39). Emma Hill added the other goal for Lee and was second on the team with 32 goals and 41 points.

"Shayna found some seams in the defense late in the game and was able to dodge her defender and make some nice plays for us offensively," said first year head coach Derrel Martin.

The Mountain Lions opened up a 13-1 halftime advantage and started the match on a 10-0 run over the first 22 minutes.
Taylor Greenberg and Haley Bartlett led the way for Young Harris with four goals each. Mary Deatrick, Anna Luckie and Erika Cross gave the home team five players with hat tricks as they scored three goals respectively.

"Young Harris outmatched us on draw controls 17-9 which made us have to work harder for possession opportunities.  We usually do better on draws but YHC has several strong midfielders which made it tougher.  We matched them on ground balls for the game 15 to 15 which is an improvement for us," said Martin. "It was a hot day and we are still short on midfielders but our team put out their usual hustle and helped us get some of those ground balls.  YHC does a good job of running a pick offense from up top and this led to some easy shots for them."

Abby Sanders finished off her career with nine saves in net for the Lady Flames. Rachel Robb was credited with the victory for the Mountain Lions and registered 12 saves. "Abby came up with nine saves despite having to face some attackers one on one," noted Martin.

Kaylyn Dillon led the Lady Flames with four draw controls and four groundballs. Each team had 15 groundballs but the Mountain Lions held a commanding 17-9 advantage in draw controls and 30-17 edge in shots on goal.

The loss ends the Lady Flames season at 4-12 and 1-7 in the GSC win. Young Harris moves to 9-6 overall and remains in a first place tie with Alabama Huntsville at 6-1 in the GSC.

"2019 was a year for learning for all of us.  Coach Megan Smith and I were new to the program and it took a while for us to figure out everything as a team.  Just when we thought we had our team set, we lost our entire defense to either injury or attrition.  Players that were on attack one day were suddenly asked to play defense," said first year head coach Derrel Martin. "This season we were young and fairly small for a lacrosse team.  One area where we were competitive with most teams was with draw controls, our players on the draw helped us make the difference in many games by gaining initial possession of the ball.  We also made advances as a team in our set offenses.  All the offenses were new to our players and it took a while to learn what would work with our personnel but we improved as the year progressed."
"We lose three seniors this year and we will be counting on at least eight new freshmen for 2020 to fill holes in each area of our game.  Our schedule for 2020 is set and we will once again take on teams that are competitive on the regional and national stage," concluded Martin.



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