Hornets Lose on Last-Second Goal 10-9 to R-MC

Katherine Francis
Katherine Francis

For immediate release – 3/19/2014 - #261
Hornets Lose on Last-Second Goal 10-9 to R-MC

LYNCHBURG, VA – Katie Russo scored with two seconds remaining on the clock to give visiting Randolph-Macon College the 10-9 victory over the Lynchburg College women's lacrosse team on Wednesday.  Each team made large runs in the game, but the Yellow Jackets pulled out the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) win.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out quickly, as they scored 25 seconds into the game.  Jenelle Whitman won the opening draw control and Susie Snee finished off the quick tally.  After some back and forth action, Whitman had a free position shot that was stopped by Hailey Bossert.  Bossert struggled to clear it and at 25:10, Whitman scored on her second free position shot of the night.  One minute later, Jesse Cornbrooks put her shot into the back of the cage off a pass from Russo.  Lynchburg then got on the scoreboard at 22:34.  Ryland Scott tallied her first of the night, with help coming from Bri Slate, to notch the score at 3-1.

However, R-MC went on another run, scoring four goals by four different players over an eight-minute span.  But the Hornets answered in stellar fashion.

After Scott controlled the ensuing draw, she got the ball up the field quickly as Caroline Kilby scored quickly after.  Katherine Francis then won the next draw, and Slate connected in similar fashion around the Yellow Jacket net to put the score at 7-3.  Several minutes passed until Caroline Carozza scored at 4:07.  She would not wait as long to score her second a minute and a half later.  Scott won the draw following that goal, and Kilby fired home her second of the evening.  Francis finished off the comeback, tying the score at 7-7, before the teams went into halftime.

The second half started much slower, with Laney Dee getting the first goal after the intermission to give Randolph-Macon the lead.  At 21:33, the Yellow Jackets had a successful clear and worked the ball around for over two minutes before attempting a shot, with Whitman completing her hat trick on the shot.  Two minutes later, Francis scored her second to cut the lead to one.

It would be the last goal for either team until 1:16 remaining in the game.  R-MC tried to slow down the game over several minutes, taking time off the clock, but Scott forced a turnover at 1:26.  LC went down the field and Kilby finished off a pass from Laura Meisner to tie the game at 9-9.

Randolph-Macon won the next draw and fired off an early shot which Bossert stopped.  However, LC turned the ball over and committed a penalty to give the Yellow Jackets the man-advantage with six seconds on the clock.  Kristin Patrick passed the ball to Russo on the restart and the ball ended in the back of the net to prevent overtime.

Whitman led R-MC (4-3 overall, 1-1 ODAC) with three goals, one assist, three groundballs, and five draw controls.  Dee, Russo, and Cornbrooks all had two goals for Yellow Jackets as well.  Francis had two goals, one groundball, and five draw controls for Lynchburg.  Bossert made 11 saves in the loss.  Each team won 10 draw controls and were successful on 13 clears.  However, LC failed on eight compared to three for Randolph-Macon.

The Hornets (2-4, 1-2) will continue their four-game homestand on Saturday.  LC will host Shenandoah University in an ODAC matchup under the lights at 7 p.m.