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R-MC Uses big Second-Half to Take Down Randolph

Lindenbaum made 13 saves and picked up 10 ground balls in the loss

For Immediate Release – 3/18/17 - #245
R-MC Uses big Second-Half to Take Down Randolph

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College men's lacrosse team played Randolph-Macon College in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) game on Saturday.  The WildCats were tied at halftime, but R-MC used a 6-0 run in the final 30 minutes to win 10-4.

The 'Cats were the first to get on the board, scoring shortly after Prince Charles won the opening faceoff.  After using some clock, Kadri Hearns juked through two defenders and fired a low shot for the opener.  It would not be long until the lead would go to 2-0, as Jacob Galenski picked up the ground ball on the next faceoff.  He hit Scott Wilkinson in the middle of the defense, and Wilkinson turned and bounced a shot into the back of the net.

The 'Cats had a few opportunities shortly after, which included Josh Yeast starting a break.  Randolph did not capitalize, and the Yellow Jackets came down and scored, with Alex Camilliere getting the assist from Sam Mayer.  R-MC added a quick one to tie it, before both teams exchanged possession several times.  Matt Lindenbaum made two saves, and Spencer Matthews and Christian Spry both caused turnovers, but Randolph-Macon added a goal with 30 seconds left to lead 3-2 entering the second.

Neither team tallied in the first nine minutes of the second period, as the defenses shined.  Davies made two stops for the Yellow Jackets, and a total of seven turnovers were caused by the two teams.  Charles, McKinzie Garnett, and Christian Shanley each forced one.  After the final Randolph-Macon turnover, the WildCats completed a successful clear and Mitch MacDonald caught a pass on the left wing.  He dodged a defender and ripped it home going back post.

Kyle Keepers put R-MC back in the lead at the 2:53 mark, as he finished off an assist from Mayer, but the deficit would not be there entering the intermission.  Lindenbaum made two big saves, and the second one caromed right to Matthews who sprinted down the field.  The 'Cats called a timeout with 10 seconds remaining.  Hearns then took it on the restart and dodged into the middle.  He let it fly near the crease while taking a hit and scored.  It made it 4-4 to start the second half.

Both defenses continued to play well to start the third.  Davies made one save, while Lindenbaum stopped two early ones, including a tough, one-on-one save.  Matthews also forced another turnover.  However, Mayer was able to break the deadlock at 12:02.  Lindenbaum stopped two more shots following that tally, but the second one rebounded right to Keepers in front of the crease.  He scored to bring the margin to two.  The WildCats had several chances throughout the rest of the period, but could not find the back of the net.

Lindenbaum made several more tough saves in the final period and Shanley, Matthews, and Ryan Campbell all caused turnovers, but it would not be enough.  Randolph-Macon opened up its lead, tallying four times, leaving with the win.

Lindenbaum had a big day, stopping 13 shots and picking up 10 ground balls.  The ground balls were a career-high.  Charles also pulled in seven, while causing two turnovers, and winning 9-12 faceoffs.  Matthews caused a team-high three turnovers and also picked up two ground balls.  Mayer posted six assists and a goal for the Yellow Jackets (5-3 overall, 2-0 ODAC).

Randolph (2-5, 0-2) finishes its longest home stand (four games) of the season on Tuesday.  The WildCats will host Centre College (4-2) at 6 p.m.