March 17, 2013

Taylor Klevenz Breaks Assist Record In Overtime Heartbreaking 13-11 Loss to Piedmont Sunday

                FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.—Randolph College women's lacrosse middie Taylor Klevenz (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill) notched a program record five assists Sunday afternoon but the WildCats dropped a tough overtime game 13-11 to Piedmont College in non-conference play from Methodist University.

                Randolph (3-4) got on the board first, as senior Jess Andersen (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) netted an unassisted tally 1:01 into the game. The Lions came back with four of the game's next five goals, two coming from Kayla Freund, to take a 4-2 advantage. Senior Danielle Haney (Norwood, Pa./Interboro) set up junior Ashley Edwards (Sumerduck, Va./Liberty-Bealeton) at 3:51, and then scored a minute later to pull Randolph to within at one at 5-4.

                Right before the half, Piedmont got an unassisted tally from Maggie McDaniel to take a 6-4 lead into the break. The second stanza started out great for the WildCats, as they netted the first three tallies of the period, all set up by Klevenz. Piedmont's Alexis Narducci helped push the Lions back in front, as she scored twice during a 4-1 run to make the count 10-8 in favor of the Lions with 10:51 left.

                The WildCats were not done though, as Klevenz assisted on a Edwards goal at 8:14 before helping tie the game by setting up a Melanie Eisele (Kennett Square, Pa./Sanford School) to tie the game at 10. Junior Samie Maggard (Baltimore, Md./Patapsco) put the WildCats on top with 4:37 remaining, but Megan McDowell scored for the Lions to force overtime.

                In the extra period, The Lions were able hold Randolph without a shot and got a goal from both McDaniel and McDowell to earn the win. Edwards led the WildCats with four goals, picking up three draw controls as well, while Haney contributed her third hat trick of the year.

                Klevenz's five assists was one more than the previous record of four, set twice before. Klevenz finished with six points, six draw controls and two ground balls, and defennder Ashley Stevens (Leicester, Mass./St. Peter-Marian) was all over the field with four caused turnovers and a program-record nine ground balls. Stevens eclipsed her own ground ball record of eight, set April 14, 2012 at Hollins University.

                Sophomore goalkeeper Samantha Fagone (Bayshore, N.Y./Bayshore) had six saves in goal for the WildCats, who outshot their opponents 33-22 Sunday afternoon. Randolph also won the ground ball battle 29-16 and forced 25 PC turnovers to just the 17 from the WildCats. Neither team was great on free position attempts, as the two squads combined to go 0-8 from the eight meter arc.

                Piedmont was led by the four goals by Narducci, while McDaniel and Freund each scored three apiece. McDaniel added five ground balls and six draw controls, and Carly Haraka made 13 saves for the Lions.

                Randolph will return to action this Tuesday evening at Ferrum College at 7 p.m. in another non-conference battle.

--RANDOLPH--