April 17, 2013

First Half Spurt Dooms WildCat Women’s Lacrosse In 18-11 Loss at Sweet Briar Wednesday Afternoon

                SWEET BRIAR, Va. – The Vixens of Sweet Briar College outscored the WildCats 8-2 in the first half and the Randolph College women's lacrosse team couldn't make up the difference in the second half, dropping an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) contest 18-11 in play from Babcock Field Wednesday afternoon.

                The WildCats (4-10/1-8 ODAC), who have two players in Ashley Stevens (Leicester, Mass./St. Peter-Marian) and Courtney Kellogg (Tewksbury, Mass./Central Catholic) along with head coach Alexis Wagner who are from the Boston area, wore purple armbands and pre-wrap to honor the victims of Monday afternoon's attack on the Boston Marathon.

                The contest did not start out well for Randolph, as Allison Hassard scored 1:10 into the contest for the Vixens to pull ahead 1-0. After Olivia Hurt netted a goal for SBC, Randolph got on the board thanks to Melanie Eisele's (Kennett Square, Penn./Sanford School) 21st goal of the year. After a pair of goals by the hosts, Fran Klostermyer (Princeton, N.J./Montgomery) scored her first collegiate goal to make it a two-goal deficit at 4-2.

                Sweet Briar (8-8/2-7) finished the first half strong, scoring the last four goals unanswered to take an 8-2 lead into the break. The WildCats scored nine goals in the second half, led by the three from junior Samie Maggard (Baltimore, Md./Patapsco), but couldn't hold SBC off the board in falling by seven.

                Taylor Riccardi (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge Co.) scored two goals and dished out an assist for her highest point total of the season, and Ashley Edwards (Sumerduck, Va./Liberty-Bealeton) had a tally and two helpers. Senior Danielle Haney (Norwood, Pa./Interboro) found the back of the net twice, and Taylor Klevenz (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill) scored one.

                Edwards led the charge in the draw control category, picking up six, and Stevens had two caused turnovers and three ground balls. First-year Carrie McCane (Forest, Va./Jefferson Forest) had three ground balls and a caused turnover as well for Randolph.

                Sam Schwartz led the Vixens with five goals, and first-year Taylor Klos had four goals as well. Hurt finished with two goals and two assists for the hosts, who outshot the WildCats 33-25 on the night, though both teams had 15 draw controls.

                Randolph will finish its 2013 season with a home contest with Roanoke College Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. for Senior Day in WildCat Stadium.