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First-Quarter Run Downs WildCats

Charles won 10 of 16 faceoff attempts in Saturday's loss
Charles won 10 of 16 faceoff attempts in Saturday's loss

For Immediate Release – 3/11/17 - #236
First-Quarter Run Downs WildCats

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College men's lacrosse team made a valiant comeback attempt on Saturday in its Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener.  However, the first-quarter burst propelled Shenandoah University to an 11-6 win.

The Hornets controlled the early proceedings, as Tilghman Sanders tallied his first of the game less than two minutes from the first whistle.  The 'Cats had put pressure on SU, but goalie Ben Judy stopped every early attempt that came his way.  Stephen LaTona then tallied twice in four minutes bringing the advantage to 3-0 with 8:56 on the clock.  Prince Charles won the next faceoff but could not hold onto the ball.  However, Ryan Campbell forced one of his own, and the WildCats put a shot on net.  But Judy was there again, and SU came down and made it 4-0.  The Hornets added two more, with the second coming at 3:08.  It made the score 6-0 going into the second.

The Hornets added to their advantage in the second despite the strong play of goalie James Stumpo and the defense.  McKinzie Garnett and Spencer Matthews each forced turnovers, while Stumpo came up with several big saves, including a one-on-one on a man-down.  However, SU scored three in the period, putting the score at 9-0 entering the half.

Despite Stumpo stopping three shots early in third, Shenandoah was able to complete its scoring.  Sanders made it 11-0 with 10:11 left in the period, but the WildCats made a great push.  Christian Spry and Matthews each forced turnovers, and the 'Cats soon found themselves on a man-up.  Shane Soghomonian rang the crossbar, but Graham Southwick ripped the next attempt into the back of the net to get the team on the board.

Southwick kept it going at the start of the fourth.  Campbell made an impressive pick-up during the faceoff, and Southwick hit the top-right corner just 36 seconds into the period.  Stumpo was called on to make two more stops, and the team was given another opportunity at the man-up.  Mitch MacDonald hit Soghomonian near the goal-line and he found the only daylight for a goal.

Randolph continued its tough play, as Brett Pausic forced a turnover shortly after a faceoff.  Matthews caused another one, and despite another save by Judy, MacDonald was able to further cut into the deficit.  Pausic hit him and he tallied to make it 11-4.  After several minutes, the WildCats made Shenandoah pay for another penalty.  After two shots, MacDonald caught a pass from Southwick and ripped it home.  Then with 3:21 left, Campbell added another tally.  Starting behind the net, he stopped and came back and fired it home, bringing the 'Cats within five.  However, there would not be enough time for Randolph to complete the comeback.

Charles continued his strong season at faceoff, winning 10 of 16 attempts.  He also scooped up six ground balls in the game.  Stumpo and Matthews played immense, as the two set career-highs in saves and caused turnovers, respectively.  Stumpo stopped 12 shots, while Matthews forced six SU turnovers.  LaTona posted a game-high four goals for the Hornets (4-2 overall, 1-0 ODAC).

Randolph (2-3, 0-1) will continue its long, home stretch on Wednesday.  The WildCats host Susquehanna University (5-1), with the game slated to start at 6 p.m.