Stellar Goaltending Pushes Ferrum Past Randolph in Women's Lacrosse

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Both starting goalkeepers made double-digit saves today, but Ferrum only allowed two goals in an 11-2 win.

While Randolph's keeper, junior Samantha Fagone (Bayshore, N.Y./Bayshore) continued to boost the save stats that have her number four in the nation in the category, her counterpart, Amanda Cheney, stole the show.

Fagone's 13 stops on 24 shots on goal improved her save percentage, which is second in the league, but Cheney stopped 12 of the 14 shots on goal she saw, for an incredible .857 save percentage on the day.

Randolph scored the first goal of the game when first-year Leah Hughes (Spring City, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) put home a free position, but Ferrum had the next five before halftime.

The two teams were level at 11 shots apiece at the break, with Randolph winning four of the seven draws and committing three fewer turnovers.

Still, the Panthers led 5-1 at halftime behind eight Cheney saves.

Two more Panthers goals early in the second made it 7-1 before another Hughes free position goal for the WildCats.

The WildCats could not get the ball past Cheney again, however, the Panthers keeper kept Randolph at bey before her replacement, Graceanne Gershne, stopped the final two Randolph shots on goal.

Randolph's swarming defense caused 19 turnovers, including five by senior Ashley Edwards (Sumerduck, Va./Liberty-Bealeton), four by senior Nushaa Kaz (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft) and three by sophomore Carrie McCane (Forest, Va./Jefferson Forest).

Randolph is now 5-7 and resumes ODAC play on Saturday by hosting Randolph-Macon on senior day.