VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Senior Victoria Cappadora (Manchester, Md. / Manchester Valley) scored the most goals of any Yellow Jacket in a single game since 2013 as her four goals led the Yellow Jackets to a 5-4 overtime victory over Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday evening. Besides the four goals, Cappadora also took two additional shots that were saved, making every shot she tried in the match a shot on goal.
The last time a Yellow Jacket had four or more goals was on August 30, 2013 when then junior Catherine Pricone scored five in a single match against York (Pa.).
Cappadora got it started early against the Marlins with a goal that she completed off after a deflected shot. It snuck in just a minute and a half into the match. Freshman Madison McCoy (Fredericksburg, Va. / Stafford) got the assist for the play, her third of 2017.
In the 11th minute, McCoy got her turn. She got a rebounded shot and moved around inside the circle to get a better look and put it inside the cage to the right side. It marked McCoy's second goal of the year.
Randolph-Macon took a 3-0 lead with a goal in the 17th minute as Cappadora scored off a deflection that was assisted by freshman Maria Teresa Ambrogi-Torres (Richmond, Va. / Trinity Episcopal School).
The duo would hook up again for R-MC's next goal, but not before the Marlins got a pair back. Before the end of the first half, VWU scored two quickly, right the break. The Yellow Jackets took a 3-2 into the break.
The second half started off slowly until the 59th minute when Cappadora received a pass from Ambrogi-Torres for the second time in the match, which Cappadora sank into the cage to score the hat-trick securing goal.
But the Marlins mounted a late-half comeback again. They scored twice with just a minute in between during the 62nd and 63rd minutes, tying the match at four.
That required an overtime period for the Marlins and the Yellow Jackets. It only lasted about four minutes though.
That's when Cappadora added one more to her hat trick, completing the haul, scoring on a shot that dribbled past the keeper into the cage to end the game with the Yellow Jackets on top 5-4. Cappadora now has nine goals this season.
The Yellow Jackets were anchored by senior goalkeeper Kelsey Stanley (Bumpass, Va. / Louisa County), who saved ten shots on the night. Stanley was named to the 2017 Victory Sports Tours/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Senior Game roster earlier today.
Ambrogi-Torres paced R-MC with seven shots with four coming on goal. McCoy and freshman Claire Magill (Moseley, Va. / Trinity Episcopal School) each had three shots as well. Both teams finished with 21 shots each, with R-MC outshooting the Marlins in the first half. The Marlin took nine penalty corners to Randolph-Macon's seven.
Randolph-Macon moves to 6-9 on the season and 2-3 in ODAC play while Va. Wesleyan falls to 7-7 overall and 1-3 in the ODAC. Randolph-Macon will continue its road trip at Lynchburg on Saturday at 4:00 PM.