Sixteen the Key in ’Cats First ODAC Win of the Year

Soghomonian scoring
Soghomonian scoring

For Immediate Release – 4/22/16 - #309
Sixteen the Key in 'Cats First ODAC Win of the Year

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA –The Randolph College men's lacrosse team scored 16 goals and stopped 16 shots on the way to defeating Virginia Wesleyan College, 16-9, on Saturday.  It was the first Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory of the year for the 'Cats this year.

The defense stepped up big for the WildCats right from the get-go, as Matt Lindenbaum came up with two big saves, and two turnovers were caused (one by Spencer Matthews).  The second, on a failed clear, saw Ryan Campbell rip one home for the first lead of the day.  VWC tallied the next two of quarter taking a lead despite Lindenbaum making another big save.  However, the score would be tied at the horn.  Scott Wilkinson found Brett Pausic, who sent it home.

The second saw more fireworks earlier on.  Prince Charles picked up the opening faceoff of the quarter and the 'Cats had several opportunities.  Shane Soghomonian then fired a low shot home on his second attempt.  The Marlins responded right away, tying the score at 3-3, but Soghomonian did the same.  He picked up the ensuing faceoff GB, and took the lead back, scoring on the break.

Defense took over for the next few minutes, as Lindenbaum made two more big saves and McKinzie Garnett forced a turnover.  Wilkinson then extended the advantage, as he caught a pass from Jacob Galenski.  However, VWC was able to tie the score going into the half, knotting things at five entering the break.

Randolph opened up the game in the third quarter, starting it in similar fashion as the end of the first half on Tuesday.  Lindenbaum picked up his second assist of the week, and his pass went to the same player.  Josh Yeast scored for his second time of the week.  Shortly after, Soghomonian completed his hat trick, before the Marlins stopped the run.

At that time, the WildCats began an 8-0 run, which would continue into the final period.  Mitch MacDonald got it going, catching a pass from Pausic on the crease, tallying on the man-up.  A little over a minute later, Galenski added his first goal of the game.  Charles won the next faceoff, and Kadri Hearns hit Wilkinson for a goal 11 seconds later, pushing the advantage to 11-7.

The onslaught continued, as the shots kept flying.  MacDonald added a second, and Wilkinson finished his off his hat trick, right before the third ended.

Lindenbaum made two more key saves to start the fourth, and it led to another tally by Campbell.  Matthews forced a turnover after the next faceoff, and Pausic took advantage.  Campbell found him in a great position, and Pausic tallied.  Graham Southwick finished off the scoring for the 'Cats.  MacDonald found him on the man-advantage, putting the score at 16-7 with 1:21 left.  The Marlins added two in the last 30 seconds, but Randolph sealed the victory.

Lindenbaum stopped 16 shots and picked up two ground balls.  Charles went 10-13 at the 'X', picking up a team-high eight ground balls, while Alex Leyva added six wins.  Campbell finished with four points and two caused turnovers.  Soghomonian added four ground balls, while Matthews had three and Christian Spry had five.  Nick Zepko posted a hat trick for the Marlins (2-12 overall, 0-7 ODAC).

Randolph (5-10, 1-6) will stay on the road for its next game.  The 'Cats will travel to #18 Washington and Lee University (8-6, 6-1) on Wednesday.  The first faceoff is set for 7 p.m.