LYNCHBURG, Va. – Despite only trailing by three at halftime, the Randolph College men's lacrosse team ultimately fell to visiting Ferrum College, 10-3, on Wednesday evening in WildCat Stadium.
Randolph broke open the scoring gates as Jack Dolan (Dumfries, Va./Potomac) dished out the WildCats' first goal of the night off a feed from Gage Tutko at the 13:20 mark. The Panthers would respond with three consecutive goals to lead Randolph, 3-1, at the end of the first quarter.
Both teams were unable to find their target in the second quarter until Ferrum's Chase Tallon scored consecutive goals to put the Panthers up, 5-1 with 5:59 remaining. However, after gaining possession quickly after the following face-off, Kadri Hearns (Cumming, Ga./South Forsyth) would find the stick of Brett Pausic (Saluda, Va./Christchurch) to help the junior attacker make it a 5-2 game. As time began to wind down, Ferrum increased its lead to 6-2 with a little over two minutes remaining but Hearns would score an unassisted goal, cutting the score to 6-3 at the halfway mark.
Although neither team would be able to find the back of the net for most of the third quarter, Ferrum finally hit its target as Tyler Fullem posted back-to-back goals to extend the Panthers' lead to 8-3. Fullem would repeat his success in the final quarter of the game to seal the final 10-3 tally for Ferrum.
Hearns fired off 11 shots for the WildCats with five on goal while Dolan dished out three shots with Dylan Bragg and Prince Charles (Virginia Beach, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate) each tallying two shots apiece. Charles picked up seven ground balls and won 8-of-12 face-offs for Randolph while Tutko scooped up five.
Matt Lindenbaum (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) and James Stumpo (Warrenton, Va./Kettle Run) shared time in net with Lindenbaum facing 10 shots and making four saves in the first two quarters while Stumpo finished out the game, facing eight shots and stopping four to take the loss.
Fullem had five goals on seven shots to pace the Panthers while Chase Tallon picked up two goals and three assists. Jacob Boswell picked up five ground balls for the Panthers with Koby McMahon adding four. McMahon earned his fifth win in the crease, making 10 stops.
The WildCats drop to 0-6 and are back on their home turf on Saturday, March 17 when they host conference rival Virginia Wesleyan University at 2 p.m.