LYNCHBURG, Va. – After falling to the host Pacers last season, the Randolph College men's lacrosse team took down William Peace University, 14-13, on Sunday afternoon on the Pacers' home field.
Randolph broke open the scoring gates early in the first quarter as Brett Pausic (Saluda, Va./Christchurch) launched an unassisted goal to the back of the net to give the WildCats a 1-0 lead. However, the Pacers quickly tied up the game over a minute later before dishing out three more goals to grab a 4-1 advantage heading into the second period.
Shortly at the start of the second quarter, the WildCats managed to trim the deficit to 4-2 as Gage Tutko (Manassas, Va./Osbourn) scored off of a feed from Pausic. Randolph continued to claw its way back up the point gap as Zach Early (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) delivered back-to-back goals for Randolph to level the score at 4-all with 8:26 remaining on the clock. The teams would then be locked in a tug-of-war battle that saw score tie four times before settling on an 8-all score at halftime.
The third quarter saw a similar pattern with Randolph taking a 9-8 lead off a goal by Nick Junkin-Mills (Brookville, Md./Sandy Springs Friends School) before the Pacers tied up the game two minutes later. However, the tide changed in favor of the WildCats as another goal from Tutko at the 7:22 mark allowed the WildCats to take a 10-9 advantage with Pausic adding his third goal with 6:10 left on the clock to give Randolph its largest margin of the game (11-9).
William Peace managed to rope the score to 11-10 heading into the final quarter but Randolph was able to remain in the lead as Jordan Stanley (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) launched the ball to the back of the net. Unfortunately, the Pacers leveled the score on a man-up goal to start off another tug-of-war for the lead, which would end as Pausic scored the last goal the WildCats needed to take home the final 14-13 victory.
Despite the Pacers outshooting the WildCats, 55-30, Randolph scooped up 41 ground balls to William Peace's 34 and won 19 of 30 face-offs.
In addition to his four goals, Pausic also dished out four assists for the WildCats while Tutko added two assists to go along with three goals. Early also concluded the game with three goals with Stanley chipping in two of his own. Charles picked up a team-high 13 ground balls, distributed two assists, and won 15-of-22 face-offs while James Greenfield (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) caused three turnovers in the win.
Corey Boswell (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) earned his first win in goal, facing 32 shots in 60 minutes and making 19 saves for the WildCats.
Randolph improves to 1-1 on the season and looks to add another win on Wednesday, Feb. 27 when it hosts SUNY Delhi at 7 p.m. at WildCat Stadium.