#8 Roanoke Breezes by Randolph in ODAC Tilt

LYNCHBURG, VA - Randolph College outscored the No. 8 Maroons of Roanoke College 6-3 over the first 21 minutes of the second half, but a 12-0 first half for Roanoke was enough to take a 23-7 win in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play Saturday afternoon from WildCat Stadium.

The Maroons (9-3/5-0 ODAC) showed how potent they could be in the first quarter, as they netted eight goals in the first stanza. Jeff Keating scored the first two goals of the game to make the game 2-0 after 1:39 of the first quarter. Mike Hayden notched two goals over a quick four goal stretch, and Joey Corretti finished the scoring in the first quarter with a pair of tallies.

Randolph (1-10/0-5 ODAC) settled in defensively in the second quarter, eliminating some of the fast break goals that Roanoke got in the first half. The Maroons were still able to score four times in the period though, as Corretti found the back of the net three times in the second quarter.

After the intermission, Randolph found its rhythm, getting on the board with 11:12 left in the third stanza thanks to TJ Story's (Darien, CT/Oakley) 16th goal of the year. Twenty seconds later, the WildCats netted another as Colt Wood (Chula Vista, CA/Otay Ranch) made a fantastic feed to Cam Garrison (Plymouth, IN/Culver Academy) for another goal.

Following a Roanoke goal, Garrison was at it again this time taking a feed from John Croney (Wilmington, DE/Brandywine) to the strike. Wood notched his second and third goals of the year in the fourth quarter, and Bobby Crosby (Bethel, CT/Bethel) netted a pair of his own to finish the scoring for the Wildcats.

Junior keeper Kevin McCracken (Annandale, VA/Annandale) was solid in net, making 23 saves on the afternoon. John Grundy (Gainesville, VA/Battlefield) won 10 face-offs and picked up eight ground balls, and Story chalked up a team-best eight ground balls while winning seven of eight faceoffs. Sophomore Ryan Blackwell (Brambleton, VA/Briar Woods) had an assist, two pickups and a caused turnover.

Crosby and Wood each had three ground balls for Randolph, who was outshot on the contest 65-32. Clears continued to be a problem for the hosts, as the WildCats were successful on only 18 of their 27 attempts.

Coretti had a game-high five goals on the afternoon, while Ty Roselli had three goals and two assists to pace Roanoke. Keating had two goals and three assists, Dominic Gurnsey scored three times and Zack Martin added a pair of goals as well. The Maroons had 13 different goal scorers on the afternoon, but the contest was only the second of the year they didn't win the face-off battle.


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