LYNCHBURG, VA – Visiting Christopher Newport University was very stout defensively, holding Randolph College to just 18 shots on the afternoon as the WildCats dropped their 2013 home opener Saturday afternoon 12-1 in non-conference action from WildCats Stadium.
The Captains (1-1) jumped out in front quickly, netting six first quarter goals. The Randolph defense would settle down, but offensively the WildCats (1-2) couldn't muster much against the defense of CNU. Randolph took just eight shots over the first three periods before rattling off 10 in the fourth quarter, as Andrew Risse (Annandale, VA/Blue Ridge Prep.) scored with the man advantage with 1:20 remaining.
The WildCats got 14 saves from first-year goalkeeper Cam Davis (Gibsonville, NC/Western Alamance), including many point blank stops. Randolph senior defender Ryan Blackwell (Brambleton, VA/Briar Woods) had two caused turnovers and two ground balls, while first-year Baden James (Alexandria, VA/Edison) also had a pair of takeaways.
Another bright spot for the WildCats was the face-off domination of junior John Grundy (Gainesville, VA/Battlefield), as he won 10 of his 14 draws on the afternoon, picking up a team-best seven ground balls. Risse had five ground balls and five shots, while Jon O'Hara (Yorktown, VA/Grafton) added seven ground balls as well. Junior Colton Wood (Chula Vista, CA/Otay Ranch) added five loose ball pickups as well for the WildCats.
Aaron Chrzaszcz led the Captains with three points on two goals and an assist, while Will Geise and Gregory Limon each netted a pair of tallies. Eric Skahan had a team-high four ground balls, and Mark Hargrove came on in relief to make five saves for Christopher Newport.
CNU won the shot battle 35-18, while causing 30 Randolph College turnovers. The Captains were successful on 22-of-24 clear attempts, and scored on two-of-five man-up chances. Randolph was 13-of-19 on clears and won the ground ball battle 34-32.
The WildCats will look to get back in the win column this Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. against the Pride of Greensboro College in Greensboro, NC.