SALEM, Va.- Despite rallying from an early deficit, the Randolph women's lacrosse team lost a close decision to host Hollins 10-9 on Friday afternoon. The loss drops the WildCats to 2-5 while Hollins gets its first win of the season to move to 1-6.
Hollins started off fast as it went ahead 5-0 in just over 13 minutes of game time. The WildCats rallied with a five-goal flurry of their own to tie the game at 5-5 with 4:47 left in the first half. Hollins went ahead 6-5 on a free position goal by Allie Helmbrecht with 35 seconds remaining in the half.
In the second half, the 'Cats moved ahead 7-6 on goals by Dana Cavallo (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) and Hannah Bradley (Wye Mills, Md./Saints Peter and Paul). Helmbrecht answered for Hollins with another free position goal to make it 7-7 and Bradley responded for Randolph with an unassisted goal at 15:06.
Another Helmbrecht free position goal knotted the contest at 8-8 and Hollins regained the lead with 7:31 remaining to play in the game. Sarah Perry (Rocky Mount, Va./Franklin County) converted a free position attempt with 4:31 left to tie the game at 9-all. Helmbrecht would score the game-winner with just over a minute remaining as she snuck a shot past Wildcat goalkeeper Chrissy Shackleford (Warrenton, Va./Kettle Run). Following a Hollins timeout, Randolph won the draw control but Shannon McQuaid (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) would turn it over and Hollins gained possession as it ran out the clock.
Hollins led in total shots 35-25. Groundballs were close as Hollins had a 40-39 edge.
Bradley scored four times for Randolph. Perry tallied two scores as did Cavallo. Nicole Dorton (Alexandria, Va./J.E.B. Stuart) had a goal and assisted on another.
Shackleford stopped 18 shots in the net. She picked up a team-high 10 groundballs. Tyrah Cobb-Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) scooped up five groundballs. Alicia Casoni (Woodbridge, Va./Hylton) gathered four groundballs and caused three turnovers.
Randolph is idle until next Saturday when its hosts Bridgewater at WildCat Stadium. Game time will be at 12:00 p.m.