LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College women’s lacrosse team played possibly its best game of the season on Tuesday, jumping out to a 4-0 lead but couldn’t hold on as the WildCats dropped a 12-10 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) contest to Randolph-Macon College in action from WildCat Stadium.
The WildCats (1-5/0-3 ODAC) stormed out of the gate after an hour lightning delay that caused the teams to head back into the locker rooms. After the delay, Randolph netted the first four goals of the game over the first 12:10 of the game. Danielle Haney (Norwood, PA/Interboro) netted two, mixed with a score each from Taylor Klevenz (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill) and Nushaa Kaz (Raleigh, NC/Ravenscroft).
Randolph-Macon responded with a pair of goals to trim the lead to 4-2, but Ashley Edwards (Sumerduck, VA/Liberty-Bealeton) scored to push the lead back up to three. R-MC’s Betsy Hebert and Haney exchanged tallies to push the score to 6-3 in favor of the WildCats. The Yellow Jackets (4-2/1-0 ODAC) stormed back with three goals, two on free position shots to tie the game at six.
The WildCats showed resolve though, scoring two goals to take another two-goal lead at 8-6. Unfortunately for the ‘Cats, R-MC was able to net a goal right as time expired to make the score 8-7 going into intermission.
Klevenz opened the second half with a tally, but three straight Yellow Jacket goals gave Randolph-Macon its first lead at 10-9. Haney scored her fifth of the game to pull Randolph even with 12:42 to go, but R-MC defended well over the last 10 minutes and netted the game-winning goal with 11:32 left on a man-down goal from Hebert. Kelly Egan scored an insurance goal with just under five minutes to go to seal the win for R-MC.
While Randolph lost the shot battle, the WildCats won 14 draw controls to only nine of Randolph-Macon. Haney finished with a game-high five scores, while Klevenz notched two goals. Samie Maggard (Baltimore, MD/Patapsco) scored once and dished out two assists. Klevenz had five draw controls, while Edwards ended with four draw controls and three ground balls.
First-year Samantha Fagone (Bay Shore, NY/Bay Shore) was amazing in net, stopping 15 shots to keep the WildCats in the lead for much of the game. She also added three ground balls for Randolph, which finished with 21 shots, 16 ground balls and 11 clears in 16 attempts.
Randolph-Macon was paced by the three goals each from Egan and Hebert, while Audrey Hester added two goals and two assists. Nicole Woodworth made eight saves for the Yellow Jackets.
Randolph will now head out on the road to take on North Carolina Wesleyan College Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in non-conference action from Rocky Mount, NC.