LYNCHBURG, Va.- In its last game before Spring Break, the Randolph men's lacrosse team hosted Methodist on a bright and sunny Saturday at WildCat Stadium. The Monarchs led from beginning to end despite a strong WildCat threat as they won by the score of 11-7.
The loss evens Randolph's record at 2-2. Methodist improves to 2-3.
The 'Cat defense was tough to penetrate in the first quarter. The Monarchs did score twice but over nine minutes apart as they led 2-0 at the completion of the quarter.
Randolph got on the board at 9:31 of the second quarter on a Jordan Stanley (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) unassisted goal. The Monarchs tacked on two more to go up 4-1 with 6:29 remaining in the period. An unsportsmanlike penalty on Methodist's Cage Crews after the fourth goal gave the WildCats an extra-man opportunity. Randolph quickly took advantage as Gage Tutko (Manassas, Va./Osbourn) scored 14 seconds later. Following the ensuing faceoff, Matthew Piascik (Midlothian, Va./Trinity Episcopal School) scored off an assist from Prince Charles (Virginia Beach, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate) and the WildCats closed to 4-3 with 5:44 remaining. The teams exchanged scores and Methodist went into halftime up 6-4.
In the third quarter, the teams once again switched off goals. Methodist led 8-5 with 10:06 remaining in the stanza. The score remained that way until Charles scored off a Brett Pausic (Saluda, Va./Christchurch) assist to close to 8-6 going into the fourth quarter.
The Monarchs broke away in the fourth quarter as they tallied three goals to go ahead 11-6 with 7:41 left in the contest. Methodist held Randolph at bay until Tutko scored with just over a minute remaining.
Charles, Piascik, and Tutko all had two goals each for the WildCats with Stanley scoring once. Charles had a team-high 11 groundball pickups and also caused two turnovers. Tate Smith (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) caused three turnovers on the afternoon and had four groundballs.
Corey Boswell (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) stopped 15 shots in the cage. He added four groundballs and two caused turnovers.
Randolph is idle until March 13 when it returns to WildCat Stadium to host St. Mary's (Md.). Game time will be at 4:00 p.m.