March 30, 2013

Smothering Defense Helps Propel Randolph Men’s Lax to 11-2 Victory Over Bridgewater College

                LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Randolph College defense forced 28 Bridgewater College turnovers and first-year keeper Cam Davis (Gibsonville, N.C./Western Alamance) made 15 saves as the WildCat men's lacrosse team chalked up their third consecutive win with an 11-2 win over the Eagles in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play from WildCat Stadium Saturday.

                Randolph (5-5/2-1 ODAC) held possession and had great chances early in the contest but Bridgewater keeper Shane Trost, making his first collegiate start, was up to the task. The WildCats finally got on the board with 6:17 left in the first quarter thanks to a goal from junior Colton Wood (Chula Vista, Va./Otay Ranch).

                Junior Cam Garrison (Plymouth, Ind./Culver Academy) scored less than a minute later for the WildCats, and senior Stephen Allman (Roanoke, Va./Roanoke Catholic) netted an unassisted tally with 1:53 left in the stanza to put Randolph up 3-0 after the first quarter.

                The WildCats would extend their lead in the second stanza thanks to five goals, two from Wood, to take an 8-0 lead going into halftime. Davis made eight of his 13 saves in the first half. After the break, BC (3-5/0-3 ODAC) scored a pair of goals but the WildCats were able to cruise to the victory.

                Wood and Allman each finished with hat tricks for Randolph, which earned its second straight conference victory Saturday. First-year Andrew Risse (Annandale, Va./Blue Ridge Prep.) had a goal and two helpers, while fellow first-year Devin Sigmon (Winston-Salem, N.C./Glenn)  had a goal and an assist. Seven different WildCat goal scorers helped the cause on Saturday.

                Defensively, first-year Baden James (Alexandria, Va./Edison) had three caused turnovers, while Ryan Mahon (Monroe, N.Y./Peddie School), Ryan Blackwell (Brambleton, Va./Briar Woods) and Ryan Pearson (Asbury, N.J./North Hunterdon) each had a pair of forced giveaways. Pearson and Blackwell each added five ground balls, as did first-year Brian Crosby (Bethel, Conn./Bethel) who won nine of his 14 face-off attempts.

                Kevin Ashcraft scored both goals for the Eagles, while Rob Simmons assisted on one of the tallies. Trost made 19 saves in net for Bridgewater, who were doubled up in the shot column by the WildCats, 44-22. Randolph also won the ground ball battle, 48-38, and was successful on 26-of-27 clears.

                The WildCats will now head to No. 6 Lynchburg College (8-1/3-0 ODAC) Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. for an ODAC contest with the Hornets on Shellenberger Field.

--RANDOLPH--