FERRUM, VA – The Ferrum College men's lacrosse team scored nine unanswered goals over the first and second periods and a late Randolph College comeback came up just short as the WildCats dropped a 12-8 contest to the Panthers Wednesday afternoon in non-conference play.
The WildCats (1-1) got on the board early, as junior middie Colton Wood (Chula Vista, CA/Otay Ranch) tallied a man-up goal at 11:34. Randolph doubled its lead minutes later, as first-year Devin Sigmon (Winston-Salem, NC/Glenn) finished a pass from junior Anthony Mangano (North Garden, VA/Monticello) six minutes into the contest.
Ferrum would respond though, finishing the half on a 9-0 run to take a seven-goal lead into the intermission. Ferrum netted the first goal of the second half to lead 10-2, but Randolph would slowly start to make a comeback. Senior Stephen Allman (Goodview, VA/Roanoke Catholic) set up Bobby Crosby (Bethel, CT/Bethel) early in the third quarter and then tallied an unassisted goal with 2:30 left in the quarter to make the score 11-4.
Wood would net three more in the fourth period, a quarter that saw Randolph outscore its host 4-1, but it wasn't enough as Ferrum held on for the win. Wood finished with a game-high four goals, netting his total on just six shots. Allman finished with a goal and an assist, while Andrew Gleitz (Plymouth, IN/Culver Academy) added a goal late in the contest.
Junior face-off specialist John Grundy (Gainesville, VA/Battlefield) won 10 of the 16 draws he took on the afternoon, scooping up a team-leading five ground balls. Defender Ryan Blackwell (Brambleton, VA/Briar Woods) had three ground balls for Randolph, while Justin Baker (New Orleans, LA/Jesuit), Ryan Mahon (Monroe, NY/Peddie School) and Brian Crosby (Bethel, CT/Bethel) each had a pair of loose balls.
First-year goalkeeper Cam Davis (Gibsonville, NC/Western Almanance) played all 60 minutes in net, making 15 saves and chalking up three ground balls. Randolph was outshot on the afternoon 48-20, and scored two man-up goals on nine chances. The WildCats were very solid on clears Wednesday, converting 16 of the 17 opportunities they had.
Ferrum got three goals and two helpers from Tyler Poage, while Ethan Wakefield, Will Walter, and Dylan Burdick all scored twice for the Panthers (1-2). Josh Liptak made four saves in net for FC, which won the ground ball battle 44-31 and turned the ball over just 20 times compared to the 28 giveaways from Randolph.
The WildCats will open their home schedule this Saturday as the Captains of Christopher Newport University come to WildCat Stadium for a 3:30 p.m. faceoff.