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’Cats Earn First Win of the Season over Seahawks

Attack celebrating after an early goal.
Attack celebrating after an early goal.

For Immediate Release – 3/4/17 - #220
'Cats Earn First Win of the Season over Seahawks

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College men's lacrosse team opened up at home on Saturday, playing St. Mary's College of Maryland for the first time in the history of the program.  The WildCats took down the Seahawks, 11-6.

The 'Cats started off on the right foot, as Prince Charles won the opening faceoff.  After the team held possession, Kadri Hearns hit Ryan Campbell with a nifty pass between defenders, and Campbell fired it into the back of the net.  Charles won the next faceoff, but Matt Lindenbaum was called upon to make two saves after a turnover.  However, after the second, Spencer Matthews started a clear, and it found Nick Junkin-Mills' stick.  Junkin-Mills passed it to Christian Shanley, who let one rip into the back of the net, making it 2-0.

Lindenbaum made three more saves over the next couple of minutes, but SMC were able to take a 3-2 lead with 1:39 left.  But in the waning moments of the quarter, Mitch MacDonald dodged left and let one rip, tying the game at three.

Early in the second, Randolph was called for a penalty, but the man-down team played well, including Lindenbaum stopping two more shots.  Then after a clear, Shane Soghomonian came around the back of the goal and scored on a low shot.  The game would be tied again at four, but it would be the last time that would happen.

The WildCats then went on a man-advantage, and made the Seahawks pay.  Brett Pausic made a tough pass to Graham Southwick, Southwick ripped it home to take the lead back.  Shortly after, Scott Wilkinson bounced a ball through traffic to MacDonald.  MacDonald caught it and shot it right corner to put the 'Cats up 6-4.  SMC added a late tally in the second, but Randolph would hold onto the 6-5 lead at the break.

The WildCats controlled the third period, being awarded several penalties, including a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct.  During that time, Southwick found Campbell, who fired it into the back of the cage, extending the advantage to two.  Both goalies played well over the next several minutes, with Lindenbaum and his counterpart Max Alderman each making saves.  However, the WildCats got on the man-up, and that same senior duo combined again.  Campbell shook the net, bringing the lead to 8-5.

The beginning of the fourth featured tough individual defending, as turnovers were caused on both sides.  Caleb Shockley forced a big one on the sidelines, while Hearns caused one as well.  Lindenbaum added another save, but the Seahawks took one back at 8:23.  However, that would be their final goal.

Lindenbaum once again made a couple of big saves, and then Wilkinson tallied an acrobatic man-up goal.  MacDonald lofted a pass to his classmate, who jumped for it, he then turned in the air and bounced it home.  Several minutes later, Soghomonian scored an open-net goal, as the goalie came out to double, and he put the icing on the cake with 2:07 left.  Soghomonian cut to the middle, working a give-and-go with Shanley, and he scored right in front of the crease, making it 11-6.

Soghomonian, Southwick, and Campbell all finished the game with three points.  Charles posted a game-high eight ground balls, while Lindenbaum set a new career-mark with 16 saves.  Luke Eshleman had two goals for the St. Mary's (0-5 overall).

Randolph (1-1) will head on the road for two games next week in Atlanta, GA.  The first game will be against Huntingdon College (4-4) at Oglethorpe University on Wednesday at 6 p.m.