For Immediate Release – 2/25/17 - #210
'Cats Drop Opener at Ferrum
FERRUM, VA – The Randolph College men's lacrosse team began its 2017 campaign on Saturday at Ferrum College. The team was hoping to work some of the same magic that it used last year in a late come-from-behind victory, but the Panthers pulled out the nonconference win, 11-8.
The hosts controlled the first quarter right from the start. FC picked up a ground ball shortly into things, and Tyler Fullem found the back of the net at 13:39. The lead moved to two soon after, as the Panthers scored on a man-advantage. However, Prince Charles won the ensuing faceoff, and Graham Southwick capitalized on the possession. He dodged and tallied his first of the year. The 'Cats won the next battle at the 'X', but could not capitalize on the five shots. But the Panthers were able to do so, scoring three more times in the period and taking a 5-1 lead. Spencer Matthews and McKinzie Garnett both had late caused turnovers, but it did not lead to a point.
The second was a quarter of runs. Brett Pausic picked up where he left off last year, assisting on Jacob Galenski's first-career goal at the 12:38 mark. Both sides attacked after Charles won another faceoff. Christian Shanley forced a turnover, but it would be Ferrum who would find the back of the net next. However, Charles won again and Kadri Hearns brought the deficit to three with a blast. The 'Cats found another one shortly after a big save from Matt Lindenbaum. This time, Scott Wilkinson found Ryan Campbell, who made it 6-4 with under two minutes remaining.
Then, the Panthers tallied two late goals, as they would go into the half with an 8-4 lead. The run did not end, as CJ Asmus scored just 36 seconds out of the break. However, that tally jumpstarted the WildCats on both sides of the ball.
The defense shut down the Panthers the rest of the period. Lindenbaum began it with another save. At that point, Galenski fired one home for his second of the day. Lindenbaum then stopped another shot shortly after the faceoff, and the 'Cats forced several turnovers, with Shanley notching another CT. Pausic followed that response with a big goal. Charles won another faceoff, and Randolph peppered the cage for several minutes. Finally, Galenski made it a hat trick, as he caught a pass from Shane Soghomonian. Alex Leyva stepped to the 'X' for the WildCats and after he won it, Galenski made it four on the day. That tally brought the WildCats to within one, 9-8, to start the fourth.
Randolph scored twice last year in the final minute of the game to force overtime, and were looking to do the same in this year's fourth. However, the 'Cats were stymied by the Panthers backup goalie, Zach Bell. He made several saves and Ferrum added two late goals to seal the 11-8 win.
Galenski's four goals paced the WildCats on offense. Charles recorded eight ground balls and nine wins (of 16) at the 'X'. Leyva was five for five on the day, and Matthews picked up three ground balls and forced two turnovers. Ryan Tesler led Ferrum (1-1 overall) with five goals.
Randolph (0-1) will have to wait a week to get back on the field. The WildCats will host St. Mary's (Md.) College (0-2) next Saturday at 5 p.m. It will be the second game of a lacrosse doubleheader.