ASHLAND, Va. - Sophomore Saunders Riley (Summerfield, N.C./Northern Guilford) tallied six goals and senior Susie Snee (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) snared 12 draw controls as the Randolph-Macon women's lacrosse team outscored Shenandoah 20-13 in ODAC action Wednesday evening at Day Field.
The first-place Yellow Jackets improved to 8-4 overall and 5-0 in ODAC play. The Hornets dropped to 3-9 overall and 1-4 in the ODAC.
Freshman Mary Castle (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) had the game's first goal on a free position shot 1:31 into the contest to give R-MC the early lead. After SU leveled the score, Snee put the Yellow Jackets up 2-1 on a pass from senior Jessie Cornbrooks (Virginia Beach, Va./Bishop Sullivan) with 25:42 left in the first half. After a pair of free position goals by the Hornets, sophomore Hannah Jones (Chestertown, Md./Kent County) scored on a pass from senior Laney Dee (Norfolk, Va./Bishop Sullivan) to knot the score at 3-3 with 16:32 remaining. SU reclaimed the lead before Cornbrooks tied it on an assist by Castle to make it 4-4 with 11:39 left. Riley scored twice on free position shots to give R-MC a 6-4 advantage with 7:39 remaining. After the Hornets pulled within one, Riley scored again on an assist by junior Alex Lightfoot (Fairfax, Va./WT Woodson) to put the Yellow Jackets up 7-5 with 6:11 left. SU again pulled within one before Dee scored from in front of the net on a pass from Lightfoot to give R-MC an 8-6 lead with 3:38 remaining. The Hornets scored twice to tie it at 8-8 with 22 seconds left before Lightfoot got behind the defense and scored on a long pass from Jones with 10.9 seconds left as the Yellow Jackets led 9-8 at the break. R-MC held a 13-5 advantage in draw controls. Snee had five in the first half, while Jones picked up four.
R-MC would tally five of the first six goals of the second half. Riley scored less than a minute into the second period to give the Yellow Jackets a 10-8 lead. Junior Alicia Hsieh (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) took her first shot of the game four minutes into the second half and scored on a pass from Dee as R-MC took an 11-8 advantage. After SU tallied a free position goal, Hsieh answered with her own free position goal with 24:50 left to give the home team a 12-9 advantage. Riley added one less than a minute later to give the Yellow Jackets a 13-9 lead. Jones finished on a pass from Lightfoot as the advantage grew to 14-9 with 23:07 left. After the Hornets netted another free position goal, Castle beat the keeper one-on-one to give R-MC a 15-10 lead with 21:09 remaining. SU scored a minute later before Snee nailed a free position shot to put the home team ahead 16-11 with 18:54 left. The Hornets scored again before Riley responded on an assist by Cornbrooks to give the Yellow Jackets a 17-12 advantage with 12:17 remaining. Hsieh assisted Lightfoot with 10 minutes left as R-MC took its largest lead at 18-12. Cornbrooks netted another goal one minute later on an assist by Lightfoot as the advantage grew to 19-12. SU added another goal before Dee scored on an assist by Cornbrooks with 3:29 remaining to make the final 20-13.
Riley had three goals in each half for her total of six. In balanced scoring, seven other Yellow Jackets had two goals each. Lightfoot finished with four assists to accompany her two goals, while Cornbrooks dished our three assists to go along with her pair of goals.
Jones had five draw controls to place second behind the dozen by Snee. Sophomore Olivia Mott (Dayton, Md./River Hill) registered a pair of caused turnovers.
Randolph-Macon returns to conference action on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. at top-ranked Washington & Lee.