LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Randolph College men's lacrosse team secured its first win of the season as the WildCats defeated Averett University, 15-3, in their home finale on Monday evening.
The WildCats outscored the Cougars in three out of four quarters of game play with neither team able to find the net in the final period. Randolph broke open the scoring gates early in the opening quarter with Gage Tutko finding the net first at the 14:36 mark. Prince Charles (Virginia Beach, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate) doled out two goals for the WildCats while Josh Yeast (Chesapeake, Va./Norfolk Academy) added Randolph's fourth of the quarter. Brett Pausic (Saluda, Va./Christchurch) assisted three out of four of the WildCats' goals.
Randolph repeated its success in the following quarter as the WildCats shut out the Cougars, 4-0 to take an 8-0 lead at halftime. Pausic and Tutko scored the first two Randolph goals while Zach Early (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) dished out consecutive goals to close out the second quarter.
Kadri Hearns (Cumming, Ga./South Forsyth) added to Randolph's lead in the third quarter, finding the back of the net off a feed from Shane Shifflett (Westminster, Md./Westminster). Averett finally made contact in goal as the Cougars scored with a man-up advantage. The WildCats would find themselves a man-down yet again but were able to extend their lead to 11-1 as Tutko found the back of the net once more.
Yeast, Dylan Bragg, and Hearns followed with goals of their own to increase the deficit to 13-1. Averett squeezed in another goal to make it a 13-2 game before Tutko added back-to-back goals to secure Randolph's 15-point lead. The Cougars scored the last goal of the game with 28 seconds remaining in the third quarter for the final 15-3 tally.
Randolph outshot the Cougars, 47-24 while holding a 28-20 advantage in ground balls, winning 13-of-21 face-offs and making 23-of-29 clear attempts.
Tutko finished the game with a career-high five goals and fired off seven shots. Hearns, Charles, Yeast and Early each tallied two goals in the victory while Pausic recorded a career-high six assists, which ranks first in the single-game record books, in addition to one goal and 10 shots. Hearns also added three assists for Randolph.
Matt Lindenbaum (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) earned the win in net, making four stops and picking up two ground balls.
Randolph improves to 1-15 overall and will close out its 2018 season on Saturday, April 28 at Bridgewater College. Game time is set for 1 p.m.