Tigerville, S.C. - Hanna Hawkins scored on an assist from Sarah Smith with 1:06 left in the game to lift North Greenville over Lees-McRae 7-6, Saturday in Conference Carolinas women's lacrosse.
The Crusaders trailed the entire length of the game, save two ties at 3-3 in the first and 6-6 in the second. Lees-McRae jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead just nine-minutes into the opening period. Sarah Smith would score her first of the game to get NGU on the board while Natalie Dufresne and Monica Colwell both scored to even the game at three at halftime.
Two unanswered goals in the opening minutes of the second period would earn the Bobcats a 5-3 lead. Emily Colson scored her first of the game to cut the lead to 5-4 with 23:04 left in the game. Colson added another goal 10-minutes later to pull NGU to within one after Lees-McRae gained a 6-4 advantage.
Sarah Smith's second goal of the game with 6:37 left on the clock would give us the second tie of the game this time at 6-6. NGU earned its first lead of the game off of a Sarah Smith pass after the Crusaders secured a rebound on a missed shot. Smith found Hawkins in front of the goal who scored her only goal of the game to give NGU the 7-6 lead.
The Bobcats would win the ensuing draw but an offside penalty on their final offensive possession would give NGU possession and a chance to run out he clock.
Sarah Smith and Emily Colson led NGU with two goals each. Smith also added an assist. Sydney Taylor came up with some big saves down the stretch for the Crusaders, finishing with seven total.
NGU improved to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in league play while the Bobcats fell to 2-4 and 1-2. The Crusaders will host Emmanuel College on March 30th at 6:30pm in Pepsi Stadium.