ASHLAND, Va. – Eleven Yellow Jackets recorded at least one goal, with seven tallying two or more goals in a Wednesday evening meeting with New England College. Senior Alicia Hsieh (Ellicott City, Md. / Centennial) and juniors Rachel Jones (Chestertown, Md. / Kent County) and Lexi Jones (Chestertown, Md. / Kent County) each scored three goals and senior Alex Lightfoot (Fairfax, Va. / WT Woodson) recorded five assists in a 21-5 victory at Day Field.
R-MC made its presence known quickly. Freshman Bella Samper (Spring, Texas / Klein Oak) scored on a pass from Lightfoot 1:04 into the game. Seconds later, Hsieh put a goal in off of a free position shot and Rachel Jones did the same two minutes after Hsieh. The collection of early goals helped R-MC out to the 3-1 start after NEC scored its first at 25:22 to go.
Samper hit her second goal of the game with 24:22 remaining on a pass from fellow freshman Kaylyn Hewes (Linthicum, Md. / North County). That was the beginning of a 7-0 run for Randolph-Macon in which goals were scored about every minute for five minutes of play. Lightfoot sent in another pair of passes that led to goals at 24:17 and 22:05, with the first going to senior Lucy Andrews (Bethesda, Md. / Walter Johnson) and the second going to Hsieh. Then Lightfoot found herself on the receiving end of a pair of passes, this time both from Hsieh. The two connected for goals at 21:00 and 20:48.
Sophomore Mary Castle (Annapolis, Md. / Annapolis) was next to score as she sent a pass in from Lexi Jones at 20:33 pushing R-MC's lead to 9-1. Rachel Jones ended the run at 19:02 with her goal to put R-MC in the double-digits column.
New England College began a response. The Pilgrims scored a pair of goals at 15:19 and 13:46, cutting the R-MC lead to seven. But Randolph-Macon got one of those back just around a minute after the second NEC goal as Rachel Jones took a pass from Saunders Riley (Summerfield, N.C. / Northern Guilford) into goal.
After a ten minute defensive effort by both teams, senior Frankie Willing (Salisbury, Md. / Worcester) got herself on the board with the help of sophomore Julia Bain (Nokesville, Va. / Patriot) as they stuck in R-MC's 12th goal of the game. Junior Hannah Jones (Chestertown, Md. / Kent County) finished the half with a goal on a free position shot to make it 13-3 heading into halftime.
Hsieh picked up the second half where R-MC left it before the break. She and Lightfoot connected out of the gate to put another goal on the board. Hsieh is the team's leading scorer with 16 this season.
Lexi Jones got a pair of goals in a row at 27:46 and 22:56 after Castle and Samper sent her passes that she was able to send into the net. Hannah Jones added one after a pass from Hsieh at 21:10 remaining.
Bain connected on a pair of goals herself, one from Lightfoot and the other from Hannah Jones, both within a minute of each other, which pushed R-MC's lead out to 19-3. Lightfoot now has nine assists on the season, a team lead.
Freshman Erin Mattone (Little Silver, N.J. / Red Bank Catholic) got a look and converted the opportunity with 15:23 remaining to put R-MC at 20. Lexi Jones finished R-MC's scoring with a goal at 7:43, settling Randolph-Macon's final line at 21, while New England added two more with under five to play to finalize the score at 21-5.
Defensively, senior Sarah Alvanos (New Hartford, N.Y. / New Hartford) and Hannah Jones finished with three caused turnovers each while Alvanos picked up four of the team's 21 ground balls. R-MC was able to limit turnovers to just 14 and won 18 draw controls on the night. R-MC outshot NEC 39-16.
R-MC will play Haverford next Tuesday night at home at 7:00 PM.