March 26, 2013

Randolph Women’s Lacrosse Rallies But Can’t Catch Bridgewater In 15-11 Loss Tuesday

                LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College women's lacrosse team trimmed a seven-goal deficit to one in the second half but couldn't finish the comeback as the WildCats dropped a 15-11 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) contest to Bridgewater College Tuesday evening from WildCat Stadium.

                Randolph (3-7/0-5 ODAC) gave up a pair of goals early to trail 2-0 after five minutes, but Danielle Haney (Norwood, Pa./Interboro) netted her 23rd of the season to make the game 2-1 in favor of the Eagles. Bridgewater (3-6/1-2 ODAC) netted the next four tallies, three coming from Carli Bafford, to take a 6-1 lead with 19:10 left in the half.

                Junior midfielder Nushaa Kaz (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft) stopped the run with her second goal of the season, but three more consecutive strikes by the Eagles made the score 9-2 with 8:07 on the first-half clock. Randolph would show signs of life right before the break, as the WildCats netted the final three goals of the half to trail 9-5 after the first 30 minutes.

                After the intermission, Randolph continued the run thanks to goals from Kaz and Ashley Edwards (Sumerduck, Va./Liberty-Bealeton). Taylor Chamberlain would end the five-goal spurt for Randolph by netting her 24th of the season for BC, but Randolph's Taylor Klevenz (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill) buried back-to-back goals to make the game 10-9.

                The Eagles would not fold though, scoring three straight goals to make the score 13-9. First-year Taylor Riccardi (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge Co.) converted her first collegiate tally to make it a three-goal contest but the WildCats would get no closer.

                The WildCats were led by the four goals from Klevenz, who added two draw controls and two caused turnovers as well. Edwards played well as well, scoring twice to go with two ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers, while Kaz had her best game of the season with two goals. Haney posted two ground balls and three draw wins.

                Sophomore keeper Samantha Fagone (Bayshore, NY/Bayshore) made 12 saves and registered five ground balls as well. Randolph made the most of their free position chances, netting six goals on eight shots.

                Chamberlain finished with four scores and three assists, while Paige Hennessy added four goals and two assists for the Eagles. Bafford finished with three goals, and Katie Freeman chalked up two goals and three helpers. Laura Reynolds made five saves for the Eagles. Bridgewater outshot the WildCats 32-17 on the evening, and held a 16-12 edge on draw controls.

                Randolph will be off for eight days before heading to Hollins University Wednesday April 3 at 4 p.m. for an ODAC contest.