LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Randolph got off to a strong start, but dropped an opening day decision to the strong-finishing Marlins.
The final score was 15-2 in favor of Virginia Wesleyan.
The first few minutes of the game featured the teams feeling each other out, with no scores over the first 7:57.
Randolph finally broke through behind junior Ashton Ewers on a free position shot to take an early lead.
VWC scored the next three, but junior Taylor Riccardi brought the WildCats back within one on a stellar individual effort.
The midfielder attacked from a very difficult angle, sneaking the ball in from the goal line extended while being pushed in the back.
The visitors dominated possession for the rest of the half and, despite a strong Randolph defensive effort, managed to take a 6-2 lead into intermission
Over the first 14:33 of the second half, only one Marlin goal changed the score, but the Marlins used the final quarter of the game to add to its lead.
Senior Samantha Fagone, who is ranked nationally in most goaltending categories, made 18 saves on the defensive end for Randolph.
Senior Taylor Klevenz had five caused turnovers, which ties the fourth-most in program history in a single game, and had the same number of ground balls.
Five different Marlins scored at least two goals in the balanced offensive effort.
On the defensive end, Kelly Jacobson caused eight turnovers, while Madison Carroll made six saves.
Randolph is next in action on Wednesday at Sweet Briar in the second conference game of the year.