LYNCHBURG, VA – The Virginia Wesleyan College women's lacrosse team netted five straight goals over the middle portion of the second half in pulling away from the Randolph College women's lacrosse team as the WildCats dropped their season and Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener 11-3 in play from WildCat Stadium.
Virginia Wesleyan (1-0/1-0 ODAC) scored the first four goals of the game before junior Ashley Edwards (Sumerduck, VA/Liberty-Bealeton) put the WildCats on the board with 16:56 left in the half on a free position shot. The two defenses would take over from there, as neither team could net another tally before halftime.
Right out of halftime, the two teams exchanged special teams goals, with VWC scoring a man-down goal just before a man-up goal by Randolph's Courtney Kellogg (Tewksbury, MA/Central Catholic) with help from Danielle Haney (Norwood, PA/Interboro). VWC would then use its five-goal spurt over the next 15 minutes to make the game 10-2. Haney netted her first of the season for Randolph on a free position shot, but the WildCats could not get any closer.
Haney finished with a goal and an assist for the WildCats, and senior defender Ashley Stevens (Leicester, MA/St. Peter-Marian) was solid with six ground balls and three caused turnovers. First-year Taylor Riccardi (Lexington, VA/Rockbridge Co.) added three ground balls and two caused turnovers, and senior Morgan Thompson (Sandy Hook, VA/Goochland) had three ground balls.
Sophomore keeper Samantha Fagone (Bayshore, NY/Bayshore) was stellar in net for Randolph, as she made 10 saves on the night. Randolph had issues with the pressure defense of VWC, turning the ball over 23 times while successfully clearing the zone only 10 of the 17 opportunities it had. Randolph did win the draw control battle 9-6.
First-year attack Summer Moore led all scorers with four goals, while teammate Taylor Harding added a pair of strikes. Chloe Weinmann also registered two points for VWC, who outshot the WildCats 31-13. Keeper Madison Carroll was great in the first half, making five her seven saves in the opening stanza. VWC won the ground ball battle 22-18, but also was whistled for 25 fouls to just the 14 violations by Randolph.
The WildCats will be back in action Tuesday afternoon at Washington and Lee University with a first draw of 4 p.m. in Lexington, VA.