LYNCHBURG, Va. – Brett Pausic (Saluda, Va./Christchurch) scored a hat-trick as the Randolph College men's lacrosse team fell, 17-5, to visiting Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) rival Randolph-Macon College on Wednesday evening.
The YellowJackets landed first on the scoreboard with back-to-back goals before Gage Tutko (Manassas, Va/Osbourn) locked down the first goal for the WildCats off a feed from Pausic to trim the deficit to 2-1, the closest it would reach the entire game. Randolph-Macon added three more goals before Tutko launched his second goal to the back of the net, thanks to an assist from Tyler Johnson (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) at the 4:38 mark. The YellowJackets closed out the opening quarter with one more goal for a 6-2 advantage heading into the second quarter.
Randolph-Macon shut out the WildCats, 4-0, to claim a 10-2 margin at halftime before repeating its success in the third quarter where the YellowJackets outscored Randolph, 5-0, to secure a comfortable 15-2 lead.
Another YellowJacket goal at the 14:22 mark in the fourth quarter placed Randolph-Macon ahead, 16-2, but Pausic responded with two consecutive goals to cut the deficit to 16-4. With 9:05 left to play on the clock, the YellowJackets clinched its last goal of the game while Pausic added a man-up goal in the final 30 seconds for the final 17-5 tally.
Pausic launched six total shots for the WildCats, with five on target, while Matthew Piascik (Midlothian, Va./Trinity Episcopal School) fired off four shots and Tutko recorded two shots. Prince Charles (Virginia Beach, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate) scooped up a team-high six ground balls and won 8-of-12 face-offs while Alejandro Castillo (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) won 5-of-12 face-offs.
William Doyle (Louisville, Ky./Louisville Collegiate) faced 22 shots in goal, making 10 stops for his third-consecutive game where he has totaled 10 or more saves.
The WildCats drop to 3-10, 0-6 ODAC and head out on the road to face Ferrum College on Wednesday, April 17. Game time is set for 7 p.m.