BUENA VISTA, VA.- For the second game in a row, the Randolph women's lacrosse team rallied from an early deficit in the second half. The WildCats closed to within six goals against Southern Virginia on Monday evening but the Knights would ultimately take the victory 23-12.
The Knights got out to an 8-0 lead a little over half way through the first half. Nicole Dorton (Alexandria, Va./J.E.B. Stuart) got Randolph on the scoreboard with the first of her five goals with 15:06 remaining in the period. The 'Cats would score three more times but trailed 14-4 at the break.
The WildCats scored three straight times to start the second half and closed their deficit in half to seven, 14-7. The Knights got one back but Randolph countered when Jenn Weigle (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) scored her first career goal at 24:30.
Southern Virginia upped its lead to 17-8 with 23:19 remaining to play in the contest. Dorton then caught fire as she scored three consecutive times to trim the Knight lead to 17-11 with 16:33 left on the clock and gave the 'Cats a fighting chance. Dorton won the ensuing draw control but turned the ball over to give Southern Virginia possession. The Knights pulled away from the WildCats with a 4-0 run to increase their lead to 21-11 and they would stay out in front with a comfortable lead for the remainder of the game.
Dorton's five goals tied her career high that she set back in her first year. Hannah Bradley (Wye Mills, Md./Saints Peter and Paul) and Dana Cavallo (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) both scored twice. Weigle, Tyrah Cobb-Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Palotti), and Sarah Perry (Rocky Mount, Va./Franklin County) also tallied goals for the 'Cats with Perry dishing out two assists. She won seven draw controls and picked up four groundballs.
Chrissy Shackleford (Warrenton, Va./Kettle Run) had 18 saves in the net for Randolph. She now has 179 saves to date this season, which is career-best.
The WildCats conclude the 2019 season on Wednesday when they travel to Ferrum. Game time will be at 7:00 p.m.