For Immediate Release – 4/8/17 - #288
MacDonald Leads WildCats Rampant Offense in Win over Greensboro
LYNCHBURG, VA – Mitch MacDonald tallied a career-high four goals and eight other Randolph College men's lacrosse attackers found the back of the net, as the WildCats defeated Greensboro College 17-6 on Saturday.
The beginning of the game saw the teams trading points, with few coming between them. Matt Lindenbaum was called on to make a big save early on, and he did just that. It set up MacDonald's first. He caught a Shane Soghomonian pass on the right side of the goal. He ripped a bounce shot and it found its way into the back of the net. The Pride answered two minutes later, but a pattern would be started soon after, where the 'Cats would take the lead back quickly. Prince Charles won the next faceoff and sprinted towards the goal. He passed it to MacDonald, who was on the crease. MacDonald pumped once, and finessed it home. Lindenbaum stopped two more shots to preserve the 2-1 lead at the end of one.
Randolph was hit with a three-minute, un-releasable penalty to start the second. But it did not matter early. Spencer Matthews forced a turnover, and Soghomonian used his speed to beat the entire defense for a man-down goal. However, another WildCat was sent to the box, and GC ripped off two-straight to tie the score.
However, the pattern continued as the 'Cats responded to the run. Jacob Galenski caught a pass on the crease from Brett Pausic 20 seconds after faceoff to take the lead back. Less than a minute later, Scott Wilkinson caught Pausic's pass from X to push the lead back to two. Then late in the period, MacDonald had the ball on the right side. He made a nice spin move, and bounced it low for his third and the 6-3 halftime lead. McKinzie Garnett and Nick Junkin-Mills were able to come up with big turnovers in the period.
The beginning of the third saw the teams exchange goals. Graham Southwick let one rip from the right side on a man-advantage, but Greensboro tallied shortly after. Charles won the next faceoff, and Pausic once again had the ball at X. Christian Shanley sprinted in from the midfield line, and Pausic hit him, and Shanley scored on the run. It was answered, but the WildCats began a major run shortly after.
Galenski found the back of the net in similar fashion as Shanley, this time MacDonald made the pass from the goal line. Galenski then completed his hat trick, with a low shot that snuck its way through the defense and into the netting. Ryan Campbell had the assist. Lindenbaum made two more stops over the final minute, giving the 'Cats a 10-5 lead entering the final period.
It was Campbell's turn to join in on the fun on the first possession of the fourth. He became double-teamed, but he ripped a low, back-hand shot into the net through two defenders. Shanley extended the lead, as he scored on a clear, after juking through two defenders. Kadri Hearns was the next man up, as Galenski found him on the crease with the pass coming from X. Pausic was able to tally a goal of his own, with him catching a pass on the left side of the crease from Wilkinson. Southwick put the lead at 10 (15-5) with his second of the game.
Greensboro scored soon after, but the WildCats would not be done either. Wilkinson tallied on the man-up off a pass from Southwick. Then MacDonald closed it out with a pass from Charles.
Lindenbaum (11) and James Stumpo combined for 12 saves, while the WildCats dominated at the 'X'. Charles went 9-12, with Alex Leyva winning six attempts. Charles picked up five ground balls, while Soghomonian scooped up four. In terms of offense, this is the third-straight hat trick for MacDonald. It also tied a career-high of five points. Daniel Wolf recorded two goals for the Pride (3-12 overall).
Randolph (4-7, 0-4 ODAC) will return to Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play on Wednesday. The WildCats will be on the road, but it will be a short trip. The team will head to Lynchburg College (7-5, 4-1) for a 7 p.m. game.