WildCats Fall on Senior Night

(l-r) Marciniak, Hughes, and Gamble after being honored
(l-r) Marciniak, Hughes, and Gamble after being honored

For Immediate Release – 4/14/17 - #294
WildCats Fall on Senior Night

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College women's lacrosse team took on Virginia Wesleyan College on Friday night in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) matchup.  Prior to the 20-6 VWC win, the WildCats honored their three seniors – Taylor Gamble, Leah Hughes, and Chelsea Marciniak – in a pregame ceremony.

Randolph started off quick, and it was the play of one of the seniors that got things going.  Hughes drove through the defense and ripped it into the top right corner.  However, the Marlins were able to respond with three-straight despite the play of the defense, as Chrissy Shackleford stopped a few shots and Maddie Peters caused a turnover.

The 'Cats answered right back shortly after.  Shackleford made a big, one-on-one save and it lead to a successful clear.  At that point, Hannah Bradley found herself alone in front of the cage.  Teagan Stanley continued her hot form, and passed it to Bradley.  Bradley ripped it home for the goal.

Shackleford stopped another shot shortly after, but the Marlins were able to pull that tally back and push the lead back to three.  But Randolph came right back, and once again it was the play of a senior.  Marciniak was fouled on a drive and was awarded a free position attempt.  She went low on her shot, and scored the goal.

The trade continued as the Marlins scored in a similar fashion.  But the next free position attempt was stopped by Shackleford.  It led to a break by the WildCats and Dana Cavallo had possession behind the net.  She rolled on the crease and sent it home with almost no angle, bringing Randolph back within two.

It was at this point that the visitors went on a run.  Shackleford was big stopping four shots, and Gamble forced a turnover, but VWC pushed the lead to 10-4.  The WildCats stopped the run, as Marciniak made a great pass into the middle from the top.  It hit a cutting Katie Jones, who fired it low for the goal.  But Virginia Wesleyan was able to go into the half with a 12-5 advantage.

VWC continued its late run out of the intermission.  Shackleford continued to play well in front of the cage.  She stopped three early shots, while Stanley and Gamble forced turnovers.  However, the Marlins extended the advantage to 16-5.  Marciniak ended the run, by cutting through the defense and finding the back of the net for her second.  However, the Marlins were able to go on one last run to seal the win.

Shackleford ended the game with 13 saves and four ground balls.  Gamble forced a team-high three turnovers, while Stanley and Kathy Butler each registered two.  Hughes had two ground balls and two draw controls, while Dorton led the team with seven.  Becca Winslow led the Marlins (2-12 overall, 1-6 ODAC) with five goals.

Randolph (3-10, 0-5) and the three seniors will play one more home game this season.  It will come on Wednesday, as the WildCats will host Bridgewater College (7-4, 2-2) at 7 p.m.