Senior Day Comeback Falls Short for WildCats

The eight seniors prior to the game
The eight seniors prior to the game

For Immediate Release – 4/29/17 - #318
Senior Day Comeback Falls Short for WildCats

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College men's lacrosse team made a valiant comeback attempt on Saturday against Guilford College.  However, the Quakers were able to take the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) game, 8-6.

Prior to the start of the game, the WildCats honored their eight seniors: Shane Soghomonian, Graham Southwick, Scott Wilkinson, Ryan Campbell, McKinzie Garnett, Alex Leyva, Mitch MacDonald, and Spencer Matthews.  All eight played big in not only their final home game, but their collegiate finale.

However, the first quarter was about the goalies.  Both Matt Lindenbaum and his counterpart Parker Styles stopped four shots apiece.  The defenses played equally well, as turnovers were caused by multiple players.  Christian Spry, Soghomonian, Matthews, Garnett, and Southwick all forced them for the 'Cats, while two were caused by the visitors.  MacDonald and Shane Shifflett each had great attempts, but both rung part of the cage, keeping the score at 0-0 entering the second.

At the start of the second, the defensive play continued, as Matthews knocked another ball away.  However, the Quakers responded in kind and scored on the next possession.  GC added a second soon after winning the ensuing faceoff.

Lindenbaum then came up big and stopped two more shots.  His second led to a successful clear, which allowed the WildCats to come within one.  Christian Shanley dodged down the right and saw Campbell cutting down the left.  He hit Campbell who tallied with a quick one.  Despite Lindenbaum making two more stops, Guilford entered the half with a 3-1 lead.

GC was able to extend the advantage at the beginning of the third, finding the back of the net twice.  But it was at this point that the comeback began.  The Quakers had three penalties called on them at the same time, giving the 'Cats a six-on-three.  Randolph whipped it around and Brett Pausic hit Jacob Galenski who ripped it home.  Soghomonian picked up the following faceoff, giving Prince Charles the win, while there was still a Quaker in the box.  Southwick then caught a pass in the middle of the zone from Pausic, and he sent it into the back of the net.

Just over a minute later, it was the visitors turn to score a man-advantage goal, but the comeback continued.  Campbell fell out of bounds while picking up the ground ball on Leyva's win and he hit Southwick.  Southwick quickly passed it to Wilkinson, who found Pausic on the door step.  Pausic faked once and hit the netting.

The defense then stepped up as Garnett (two), Charles, and Matthews all forced turnovers, and Guilford was called for an offside after the one by Matthews.  Pausic facilitated another man-up goal, this time hitting Wilkinson in the middle.  Wilkinson had a quick turn and found the back of the net.  The WildCats almost tied the score at the end of the third, but a late goal was overturned, with the refs declaring it was shot after the buzzer.

The fourth did not feature the same fireworks, as Styles came up big making several shots.  However, the Quakers were able to add to tallies spread apart by almost ten minutes.  Randolph made one final push, as Wilkinson ripped home a skip pass from Pausic, but there would not be enough time.

Lindenbaum finished with 12 saves and four ground balls, with Charles also scooped up four.  Josh Yeast and Soghomonian each forced two turnovers and picked up three GBs, while Garnett and Matthews each had three CTs.  Pausic led the way on offense with five points, four coming on assists.  Randolph also went 11-18 from the 'X', with Charles winning four and Leyva winning seven.  Styles stopped 17 shots for the Quakers (8-8 overall, 3-6 ODAC).

Randolph (5-12, 1-8) sees its season come to a close with that contest.  It also sees the end of the career for those eight seniors.  Soghomonian, Southwick, Campbell, and MacDonald all finished in the top seven in the history of the program in points.  Leyva has the second most faceoff wins.  Garnett and Matthews are in the top-10 in caused turnovers, while Wilkinson just missed out on a few top-10s.