LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Randolph was strong in many aspects tonight, but couldn't overcome Virginia Wesleyan, 17-9.
Randolph won 18 of the game's 29 faceoffs and only failed to clear the ball three times, but the Marlins rode a 52-30 shooting edge to the victory.
John Grundy Jr. (Warrenton, Va./Battlefield) won 16 draws and scooped up 13 ground balls.
Sophomore Cam Davis (Gibsonville, N.C./Western Alamance) made 17 saves, including two six-save quarters, in defeat.
The WildCats struck first through sophomore Andrew Risse (Annandale, Va./Annandale) just 56 seconds into the game, but wouldn't score again until Risse's second goal with 1:27 left in the first half.
In that time, Virginia Wesleyan struck seven times to grow a lead it would never relinquish.
After three more Marlin goals, Randolph's all-time leading scorer, senior Colton Wood (Chula Vista, Calif./Otay Ranch), added one to his total with a man-up goal.
The Marlins scored the next four, but Randolph scored six of the game's final nine goals in an attempt to make the game interesting.
In that span, Wood and sophomore Andrew Gleitz (Plymouth, Ind./Culver Military Academy) each struck twice while Randolph received one apiece from Risse and sophomore Corey Nehlig (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Twp.).
Unfortunately, it was too late, as the Marlins retained the lead.
Randolph next travels to Bridgewater in the team's penultimate contest.