Women's Lacrosse Surpasses Program Record in Comeback Win

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Randolph rallied to defeat Sweet Briar this evening, 14-11, breaking the program record for wins in a season on Pink and Blue Day.

Prior to the contest, seniors Ashley Edwards (Sumerduck, Va./Liberty-Bealeton) and Nushaa Kaz (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft) addressed the crowd about Pink and Blue Day, which honors those affected by breast and colon cancer.

To donate to the causes, go to either randolphwildcats.com/pink to donate for breast cancer awareness or randolphwildcats.com/blue to do the same for colon cancer.

Once the game got underway, Sweet Briar got the early edge, scoring the first and third goal, with just one by first-year Chelsea Marciniak (Centreville, Md./Sts. Peter and Paul) separating the two.

Randolph scored the next three, however, as senior Melanie Eisele (Kennett Square, Pa./Sanford School), Edwards and junior Taylor Klevenz (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill) all struck.

Over the final 19:51 of the frame, however, only Eisele scored for Randolph as Sweet Briar scored five of the next six to go into the break up 7-5.

After 3:03 scoreless in the second half, Randolph scored three times in 46 seconds as Klevenz preceded two from Eisele, putting Randolph suddenly on top.

First-year Leah Hughes (Spring City, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) scored twice in under a minute later to give the WildCats a cushion.

Sweet Briar scored next to make it 10-8, but it took Klevenz just 12 seconds to respond keying Randolph to score the next four.

Marciniak was next, followed by two straight by Edwards, pushing the edge to six.

Sweet Briar scored the final three goals, but it was too little, too late, as the WildCats held strong defensively for the win.

Anchoring the defensive effort was junior Samantha Fagone (Bayshore, N.Y./Bayshore), who made 13 saves in net to boost her ODAC-best mark in that category.

Kaz forced four turnovers and Marciniak and first-year Alyssa Umberger (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) had three each.

Umburger controlled six draws, helping Randolph to an all-important 16-11 edge in that category.

"It was a really good win for us," Edwards said. "Every single person left their hearts on the field and I think the scoreboard showed that."

With the win, Randolph surpasses its program record for wins in a season set each of the last two years.

"It's a great accomplishment for the team and the program," Kaz stated after the game. "It's a step in the right direction and we're excited for what comes next."

The WildCats have a short road trip to Lynchburg on Saturday before returning home for two straight.