March 14, 2013

Randolph Men’s Lacrosse Blanks Franciscan University Thursday Evening 16-0

                LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College men's lacrosse team outshot its opponent 61-6 in earning its first ever shutout with a 16-0 blanking of Franciscan University of Steubenville Thursday evening in non-conference action from WildCat Stadium.

                The WildCats (2-4) jumped out on top early in the contest, as Corey Nehlig (Lancaster, PA/Manheim Twp.) netted his second of the year at 9:08 for a 1-0 lead. First-year Andrew Risse (Annandale, VA/Blue Ridge Prep.) scored three minutes later to put the hosts up by two, and junior Bobby Crosby (Bethel, CT/Bethel) potted back-to-back goals to send the WildCats into the first quarter break up 4-0.

                Randolph would explode for seven goals in the second period on just 15 shots, as Colton Wood (Chula Vista, CA/Otay Ranch) netted a pair to put the WildCats up 11 at the half. The WildCats scored unassisted goals by Risse and Devin Sigmon (Winston-Salem, NC/Glenn) in the third period, and Wood delivered two more scores in the fourth to lift the WildCats past the Barons (1-4).

                The defense for Randolph was stellar all night, causing a team record 39 turnovers on the night. The WildCats also set a program record for ground balls in a game with 74, and dominated at the faceoff dot, winning 17-of-29. Randolph made things very difficult in the midfield as well for Franciscan, forcing the Barons into just eight successful clears in 29 attempts.

                Randolph was paced by the four goals and one assist from Wood, as he also posted a career-best eight ground balls. Risse had four goals and an assist as well for the WildCats, while Bobby Crosby finished with three goals, two assists, seven ground balls and three caused turnovers. Junior Cam Garrison (Plymouth, IN/Culver Academy) netted his first two goals of the season, and Sigmon finished with a pair of tallies as well.

                Junior John Grundy (Gainesville, VA/Battlefield) had a game to remember, as he won 15 of his 17 face-offs while picking up a school record 15 ground balls. First-year Baden James (Alexandria, VA/Edison) had six ground balls and three caused turnovers, while sophomore Ryan Mahon (Monroe, NY/Peddie School) contributed five loose balls and three forced turnovers.

                Defender Ryan Blackwell (Brambleton, VA/Briar Woods) had four ground balls and three caused giveaways and teammate Justin Baker (New Orleans, LA/Jesuit) had three ground balls as well with two caused mistakes. Keeper Cam Davis (Gibsonville, NC/Western Alamance) wasn't tested much but was up to the task when called upon, making four stops.

                Franciscan got 22 saves from senior keeper Evan Malchano, and defender Sean Wayne had five caused turnovers in the loss. David Fay added four ground balls for the Barons, who were 0-for-4 with the extra man.

                The WildCats will open their Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) slate Friday evening at 6 p.m. against the Maroons of Roanoke College in WildCat Stadium.