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Perusse's Last Minute Goal Gives Women's Lacrosse First-Ever Win


SALISBURY, NC – Kelsey Perusse (Shelton, CT/Shelton HS) scored with 41 seconds remaining to help lift Catawba and Head Coach Ashley Gilroy to its first-ever program win in women’s lacrosse with an 18-17 victory over visiting Lees-McRae on Tuesday afternoon at Shuford Stadium.  Ebony Mills (Harrison, ME/Oxford Hills HS/Mount Ida), who led the Catawba Indians with eight goals, assisted on the game winner.  The Lady Indians improve to 1-3, while the Bobcats fall to 0-5.

Perusse’s tally capped a three-goal spurt for the Lady Indians over the final 3:14 of the contest.  Chelsey Ferraro (Tampa, FL/Plant HS) had pulled Catawba within a goal then Mills tied it with 1:43 remaining.  With the Bobcats clamping down on Mills on the late possession, the sophomore found Perusse in the middle for the winning goal.  Catawba controlled the final draw and ran out the clock.

The late lead for Catawba was the first since it had seen an early 2-0 lead erased with four straight tallies by the Bobcats.  Kortney Kavanagh (Shoreham, NY/Shoreham-Wading River HS) had scored the opening two goals and later added two more to twice bring Catawba within a single goal in the final 15 minutes.

Olivia Gudewich (Frederick, MD) scored consecutive goals to give Lees-McRae a 3-2 lead with 21:57 left in the first half.  Mills scored back-to-back for Catawba to pull the Lady Indians even at 4-4 midway through the half, but Katelin Rooney (Naples, FL) had two tallies to put the Bobcats up 6-4, a lead it would hold until the final minutes.

The Bobcats built a 10-5 lead late in the half, but Ferraro scored with a minute left then added another tally to start the second half to cut the margin to 10-7.  Mills scored the next four goals for the Lady Indians, including two straight to cut the lead to a single goal with 18:11 remaining.  The teams traded goals from there until Catawba scored the final three goals.

Mills totaled 11 points on the day, adding three assists to her eight goals.  She also had five draw-control wins.  Kavanagh had four goals and an assist with a team-high six ground balls and seven draw controls.  Haley Register (Simpsonville, SC/Mauldin HS) made six saves for Catawba and allowed 13 goals over 46 minutes of action.

Gudewich scored seven goals and handed out an assist for Lees-McRae.  Rooney had five goals with one assist and 11 draw-control wins.  Jessica Travers (Asheville, NC) recorded 10 saves for the Bobcats, playing all 60 minutes.

Catawba held a 31-26 edge in shots and picked up 28 ground balls to 22 for the Bobcats.  Lees-McRae won 19 of the 37 draw controls, but the Lady Indians won the last three of the game.


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