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’Cats Seal Thrilling Comeback Win in Triple OT

Wilkinson scored the game-winner in the third overtime on Tuesday

For Immediate Release – 3/21/17 - #253
'Cats Seal Thrilling Comeback Win in Triple OT

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College men's lacrosse team fell behind late against Centre College on Tuesday night.  However, the WildCats made a late, three-goal comeback to tie the score and force overtime.  Finally, in the third extra session, Scott Wilkinson scored, giving the 'Cats a 10-9 victory.

Randolph got things going right off the opening faceoff.  Prince Charles won it and sprinted down, and hit Jacob Galenski.  Galenski ripped it home for the 1-0 lead just eight seconds in.  The advantage did not last long, as the Colonels tied the score a couple of minutes later.  CC then took the lead a minute later.

The defenses stepped up for the next portion of the quarter.  Multiple turnovers were forced, and Matt Lindenbaum stopped a shot.  After the 'Cats held possession, Brett Pausic found Wilkinson cutting down the middle.  Wilkinson tied the score at two, scoring on the crease, in what would foreshadow his later tally.  However, the Colonels added another tally before the end of the period, taking a 3-2 lead into second.

CC expanded its lead at the beginning of the second, but the WildCats answered quickly.  Graham Southwick came down the left side and bounced a shot into the back corner to bring the 'Cats within one.  Lindenbaum made two more stops over the next few minutes, and Shane Soghomonian made it so numbers 8, 7, 6, and 5 scored.  He tied the score, coming from behind the goal, ripping a low shot into the back of the net.  The 'Cats defense continued its strong play, as Josh Yeast ended a two-man-down situation, with a pickoff.  Lindenbaum made another stop and Southwick took the lead with 3:24 left in the period. He rolled into the middle and snuck the ball into the net, giving Randolph the 5-4 lead at the half.

The third period featured stout defense by both sides.  Ten turnovers were caused throughout the third, and the Sam Long made three stops for the Colonels.  During that time, Graeme Warner tied the game at five, but Southwick brought the 'Cats back in front.  Christian Spry forced a turnover and it started a clear.  Southwick received a screen from Ryan Campbell on the left side, and he bounced it just inside the back post.

Despite the play of Lindenbaum (two more early saves), the Colonels scored four-straight goals to start the fourth and open up a 9-6 lead.  But the WildCats had another comeback in the works.  Lindenbaum continued to come up big, making four more saves.  Kadri Hearns started the rally at 4:09.  He dodged into the middle of the field and ripped a shot into the lower left side of the field.

Centre won the next faceoff, but seemed shaky with the ball.  Spencer Matthews forced a turnover and the WildCats had several shots, but all missed.  There was a penalty, and Southwick made it four goals on the night, tallying on the man-advantage.  He caught a pass near the crease and stepped through two defenders.  Southwick brought the team within one, finding the little room there was.

Charles won the ensuing faceoff and Wilkinson sent a shot straight at Long.  The shot bounced right to Campbell, and Campbell tied the score with 51 seconds left, getting pushed as he scored.

There would be no tallies in the first eight minutes of extra time.  However, Charles won another faceoff to start the fourth.  The ball came to Mitch MacDonald behind the net and Wilkinson crashed the crease as he did earlier.  MacDonald found his classmate for the winner.

The defense was a big story, forcing 15 turnovers on the night.  Matthews had six himself, while McKinzie Garnett and Galenski (in the attacking zone) each forced two.  Matthews also picked up six ground balls, but was bested by Charles, who had nine, with Charles winning 11 of 20 attempts at the 'X'.  Lindenbaum stopped 10 shots, while his counterpart, Long, made 14 for the Colonels (4-3 overall).

Randolph (3-6, 0-2 ODAC) will head back on the road for its next game.  The WildCats travel to 18th-ranked Roanoke College (6-1, 2-0) in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) game on Saturday at 2 p.m.