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Second Half Surge Pushes Virginia Wesleyan Past Randolph Men's Lacrosse 19-7

Second Half Surge Pushes Virginia Wesleyan Past Randolph Men's Lacrosse 19-7

                VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Randolph College men's lacrosse team trailed by just four at the half Saturday afternoon at Virginia Wesleyan College, but couldn't make a comeback as the Marlins pulled away for a 19-7 victory in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action Saturday afternoon from Foster Field at the Trinder Center.

                The WildCats (5-7/2-3 ODAC) allowed their hosts to score the first four goals of the game before first-year Andrew Risse (Annandale, Va./Blue Ridge) potted a goal with help from Clay Orshoski (Elkwood, Va./Eastern View). The Marlins would get three straight tallies from Mikey Connors to push their lead to 7-1 midway in the second quarter.

                The WildCats rattled off three of the last four goals of the first half, two coming from senior Stephen Allman (Goodview, Va./Roanoke Catholic), to send Randolph into the break down just four at 8-4. After intermission, the two teams traded goals but then VWC went on a six-goal spurt to take a 15-5 lead. The host Marlins would pull away late, getting another four-goal run late in the fourth period.

                Junior Colton Wood (Chula Vista, Calif./Otay Ranch) scored a pair of goals for Randolph, while Allman finished with his first hat trick of the season. Junior Bobby Crosby (Bethel, Conn./Bethel) scored once as well for the WildCats, who were outshot on the afternoon 51-24.

                First-year Cam Davis (Gibsonville, N.C./Western Alamance) had 15 saves in the game for the WildCats, and Brian Crosby (Bethel, Conn./Bethel) added a team-leading eight ground balls. Randolph did do a nice job on clears Saturday, posting 19 successful clears on 23 attempts.

                Connors had a game-high of five goals for Virginia Wesleyan, while Mike Moran had four goals and an assists. Josh Currier added two goals and four helpers, while Nick Pappas scored twice and dished out three assists. Corey Bauer made 14 saves for the Marlins, who won 20 of the 28 face-offs Saturday afternoon.

                Randolph will look to rebound on Wednesday, as the Quakers of Guilford College come to WildCat Stadium for a 7 p.m. face-off in conference play.