By ROB WITHAM
H-P Sports Correspondent
Almost 18 minutes into their home opener last Wednesday, Randolph-Macon women’s lacrosse found themselves in a 3-0 hole, still trying to find rhythm offensively.
“This is a zone (defense) that we don’t see all the time, so to play against that and be really patient and not have to rush it trying to get goals is fantastic,” said Yellow Jackets head coach MK Geratowski.
That patience paid off as Randolph-Macon scored four goals in the final 9:39 of the first half, including two goals in the final minute, to begin and 11-3 run to capture an 11-7 triumph at home over St. Mary’s of Maryland at Day Field.
Alicia Hsieh became a scoring machine, tallying three of the four first half goals, including the two in the final minute to tie the match, then take the lead for good. Heish would score four more times in the second half to lead Randolph-Macon with seven goals.
“Alicia did a great job for us tonight, but our whole midfield group is really busting their butts right now,” explained Geratowski. “We have some of them get rest on the offensive line or rest on the defensive line, so to have them be able to do it all and really work together as a group has really been huge for us.”
Five of Hsieh’s seven goals were thanks to assists by Alex Lightfoot, who had seven assists for the match, including one in each of the first half goals. Hannah Jones was critical to the Yellow Jackets’ success as well, as she kept the halftime momentum going early in the second half, scoring unassisted at 29:18, then tallying thanks to an assist by Hsieh four and a half minutes later for a 6-3 lead.
The Seahawks finally ended their 18 1/2 minute scoring drought on an unassisted goal from Erika Kopf to cut the deficit to 6-4 with 23:44 to play. After St. Mary’s reduced the Randolph-Macon lead to a single goal at 12:26 left, the Yellow Jacket defense clamped down, keeping the Seahawks scoreless while mounting a final 4-0 run before allowing a late score from Kopf at 1:15 left when the match results were no longer in doubt.
“I think Allie Walker is a huge part of our success,” Geratowski said of the Randolph-Macon goalkeeper. “I thought our defense as a whole played really, really well, but she made some key saves for us that, without those, we’re in a very different game.”
After a win over the #19 team in Division III, Randolph-Macon hit the road Saturday and cruised to a 14-1 victory at Goucher College near Baltimore. Lightfoot led the way with two goals and six assists, while Hsieh and Susie Snee each registered a pair of scores. Walker played nearly 22 minutes in goal, while Jamie Langbein played over 23 minutes, and neither allowed a goal.
At 3-1, the Yellow Jackets hosted 3-3 Christopher Newport Wednesday night in a game played after press deadline. Consult our Facebook page for match results.
Meanwhile, the Randolph-Macon men won their Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener at Day Field Saturday with a 6-4 victory over Guilford to improve to 4-3 overall. After allowing an opening goal to the Quakers, the Yellow Jackets scored all six of their goals in a two quarter stretch, capped by Hanover graduate Colin Disesa’s 10th goal of the season with 1:38 left in the third period.
The Quakers mounted a comeback, scoring with 21 seconds left in the third, then two goals in the first eight and a half minutes of the fourth period. But goalkeeper Brian Davies and the Yellow Jacket defense shut Guilford down the rest of the way to claim the victory.
Randolph-Macon begins a three-match road swing Saturday when they travel for an ODAC matchup at Randolph College.