For Immediate Release – 4/12/17 - #293
Randolph Hangs Tough with #20 Lynchburg
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College men's lacrosse team held 20th-ranked Lynchburg College early in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tilt on Wednesday. However, the nationally-recognized team used a second-quarter run to win 18-7.
The WildCats had a perfect start to the game, as Prince Charles won the opening faceoff and hit Graham Southwick behind goal. Southwick found his teammate, Ryan Campbell, up top. Campbell let it rip and took the lead. LC was able to stem the tide, as the 'Cats had several chances, but it would be the Hornets who tallied next. Lynchburg took the lead shortly after Matt Lindenbaum made another big stop, as the team made use of a man-advantage.
However, Randolph answered as McKinzie Garnett forced a big turnover. The team called a timeout, and this time it was Southwick's opportunity to score. The offense moved the ball around, and he caught it from Jacob Galenski on the left side and sent it home. However, despite Lindenbaum making two more big saves, the hosts took a narrow 3-2 lead into the second, with the last tally coming on man-up as well.
The 'Cats retained the ball to start the second because of a late home penalty. The first attempt missed, but Shane Soghomonian attacked and found the back of the net, tying the score. Unfortunately, the Hornets were able to go on a run afterwards, taking an 8-3 lead. Soghomonian responded though. He forced a turnover and sprinted down the middle of the field. He ripped it home to take the lead.
However, despite both goalies coming up big in the final minutes, LC took a 10-4 lead into the break.
Lynchburg kept that run going in the third. Lindenbaum came up with three big stops, and Spencer Matthews and Soghomonian caused turnovers, but the Hornets were able to take a 16-4 advantage. Soghomonian made a nice move late, and scored his third of the game with 3:45 left in the period. Lindenbaum saved two more shots to keep the score at 16-5 entering the fourth.
Lynchburg opened the fourth with a goal, but Charles caused a turnover on the next faceoff to give the 'Cats another chance. Campbell found the back of the cage for his second of the night. Bryan Ramey and Josh Yeast helped defensively as both forced turnovers, getting the ball back to the WildCats. It allowed Brett Pausic to send one home and bring the deficit to 10. However, the Hornets added one late goal, giving the hosts the win.
Lindenbaum made 11 saves in the game, while Charles had a team-high six ground balls. Charles also won eight times at the 'X', while Alex Leyva was 50% at the spot. Soghomonian scooped up three ground balls to go with his hat trick. Joey Giannaras tallied five goals for the Hornets (8-5 overall, 5-1 ODAC).
Randolph (4-8, 0-5) will return home for its next game. The WildCats will host Bridgewater College (5-7, 1-4) on Saturday night at 7 p.m.