ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon field hockey earned a pair of goals in the second half in a 2-0 win against McDaniel on Friday afternoon. R-MC took control in the second half, netting the two goals to ensure they would come out on top for the home and season opener.
Score: Randolph-Macon 2, McDaniel 0
Location: Day Field, Ashland, Va.
Records: Randolph-Macon 1-0, McDaniel 0-1
How It Happened
- Despite not finding the cage, Randolph-Macon had most of the offense of the first half, taking 17 shots compared to three for the Green Terror. Nine of the shots by R-MC landed on goal.
- Defensively, junior Katie Thompson (Burke, Va. / Lake Braddock) spent the entire game in goal, making one save as R-MC's defense shut down most of McDaniel's offensive attempts before they got inside the arc.
- After a scoreless first half, sophomore Elizabeth Jacobs (Laurel, Md. / Atholton) took a rebound from a shot by freshman Katie Brookman (Culpeper, Va. / Eastern View) that bounced off the McDaniel keeper and sent it into the cage for the opening score in the 45th minute.
- Sophomore Erin Barringer (Catonsville, Md. / Indian Creek Upper School) scored about ten minutes later, when in the 56th minute, she sent a try into the cage from the right side of the goal, landing it past the keeper into the near side just past the post. Maria Teresa Ambrogi-Torres (Richmond, Va. / Trinity Episcopal School) had set the play up with a pass just before and earned the assist.
- Randolph-Macon outshot McDaniel 35-3, including 18-1 in the second half.
- R-MC's defense did not commit a single foul in the arc, leading to no penalty corner chances for McDaniel. R-MC meanwhile had 19 opportunities on corners.
- Sophomore Austyn Faries (Richmond, Va. / Monacan) led R-MC with seven shots, including three on goal while fellow sophomores Ayanna Healy (Newport News, Va. / Woodside) and Madison McCoy (Fredericksburg, Va. / Stafford) took six and five shots respectively. Two landed on goal for Healy and four neared the cage for McCoy.
- McDaniel goalie Paige Ford made a career high 17 saves.
Inside The Numbers
- R-MC's 19 penalty corner attempts were the most in a single game since October 29, 2016 against Sweet Briar when R-MC took 28 attempts.
- This is the third year in a row that Randolph-Macon has won its season opener. In 2017, R-MC took down Frostburg St. 2-1 and in 2016, R-MC won against Oberlin 1-0.
Weathering the Weather
- The teams faced steamy conditions to start the game, which led officials to stop play midway through each half to ensure players remained hydrated
- A storm cloud about six miles northeast of campus forced a stoppage of play with 13:28 remaining in the second half. The cloud produced lightning, forcing the teams and nearly 200 fans to seek shelter until the all-clear was given 30 minutes later and play continued.
"I'm very proud of our performance tonight," said head coach Jess Weiss. "We hit all our attacking, defending and transitioning benchmarks that we feel will make us successful each game. We conceded no defensive corners and that is probably the highlight for me as a coach. Overall, we want this program to be known for our high pace of play and our ability to track back and win the ball back immediately. We did just that I couldn't be more excited for them to end preseason on this note."
Randolph-Macon is in the midst of a five game home series. St. Mary's will visit Day Field on Wednesday, September 5 at 7:30 Pm.