WildCats Close Out Home Slate vs Eagles

Marciniak scored the WildCats opener on Wednesday
Marciniak scored the WildCats opener on Wednesday

For Immediate Release – 4/19/17 - #302
WildCats Close Out Home Slate vs Eagles

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College women's lacrosse team played Bridgewater College on Wednesday night.  The Eagles won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) game 21-2, in what was the final home game of the year for the 'Cats.

Anna O'Hara helped the Eagles get on the board early, tallying her first of the night two minutes in.  However, Chelsea Marciniak made the most of her final game at WildCat Stadium.  She picked up the ensuing draw control and started a great offensive possession.  After the ball was worked around, it came back to Marciniak.  She made a nice drive, beating two defenders, and she snuck the ball behind the goalie, tying the score.

BC took the lead back and brought it to two shortly after. But Marciniak and fellow senior Taylor Gamble came up big by forcing turnovers.   However, despite their play and that of goalie Chrissy Shackleford, the Eagles took a 14-1 lead into the break.

Randolph started the second strong, as Tyrah Cobb-Davis pulled in the opening draw.  She made a quick pass to Nicole Dorton, who attacked the 12 meter.  Dorton ran right to left and hit Hannah Bradley who was cutting left to right near the crease.  Bradley ripped the shot into the back left corner.

The WildCats continued to fight and Shackleford made several more saves, but Bridgewater was able to leave with a 21-2 victory.

Shackleford extended her lead at the top of the ODAC in saves, as she stopped 10 shots.  She also picked up three ground balls to lead the team.  Shannon McQuaid had two.  Dorton pulled in three draws, while Bradley and Teagan Stanley both had two.  O'Hara led the Eagles (9-4 overall, 4-2 ODAC) with seven goals.

Randolph (3-11, 0-6) will have a week off before its next game.  The WildCats will travel to Shenandoah University (3-10, 1-5) next Wednesday for a 6 p.m. game.

One important piece to note about the game is the fact that Randolph wore yellow showlaces.  It is part of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) initiative to raise awareness for pediatric cancer.  SAAC and Randolph athletics has been partnering with Go 4 The Goal, where $4 of every pair of yellow shoelaces goes to supporting families battling the disease.  For more information or to help support the cause, go to http://www.go4thegoal.org/.