ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon field hockey used a second half push to defeat the St. Mary's (Md.) Seahawks on Wednesday evening. The Yellow Jackets had much of the first half under their control, but weren't able to cage a shot until early in the second frame.
Score: Randolph-Macon 2, St. Mary's (Md.) 1
Location/Venue: Ashland, Va./Day Field
Records: Randolph-Macon 2-0; St. Mary's 1-2
How It Happened
- Randolph-Macon outshot St. Mary's 9-2 in the first half, but none of the shots managed to get into the cage
- Just about three minutes into the second half, R-MC converted on a penalty corner, in which the inserter, sophomore Kathleen Tanner (Spotsylvania, Va. / Riverbend) snuck up the far side of the cage and took a pass initiated by sophomore Ayanna Healy (Newport News, Va. / Woodside) and passed over to her by freshman Katie Brookman (Culpeper, Va. / Eastern View) to score the Yellow Jackets' first goal. Brookman got the assist credit
- R-MC kept the momentum. About nine minutes after the first goal, sophomore Austyn Faries (Richmond, Va. / Monacan) hit the ball in on a rebounded shot from sophomore Maria Teresa Ambrogi-Torres (Richmond, Va. / Trinity Episcopal School).
- St. Mary's got one of the two back on an attack from the opposite side that slipped into the cage, but it was not enough to overcome the strong start to the period by the Yellow Jackets.
Inside The Numbers
- Both Tanner and Faries scored their first goals of the season
- Goalkeeper junior Katie Thompson (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) saved three shots on the night. This was in the face of tougher offensive pressure by St. Mary's in the second half, as the Seahawks outshot the Yellow Jackets in the final frame, 7-4.
- For the second game in a row, R-MC held the advantage in penalty corners, 7-4.
- Sophomore Madison McCoy (Fredericksburg, Va. / Stafford) led R-MC with three shots, with two coming on goal. Ambrogi-Torres, Brookman and sophomore Elizabeth Jacobs (Laurel, Md. / Atholton) also each added two shots on goal.
- The defending group of sophomores Georgia Drescher (Virginia Beach, Va. / Frank W. Cox), Megan May (Hayes, Va. / Gloucester) and Claire Magill (Moseley, Va. / Trinity Episcopal School) helped keep R-MC on the offensive half for much of the first half, limiting St. Mary's to just two shots.
Quoting Coach Weiss
"We keep telling this team we have to keep tackling obstacles that we haven't before," Head Field Hockey Coach Jess Weiss said. "Both beating St. Mary's and being 2-0 to start the season are two of those things we hadn't done in the past but got done tonight. Proud of the energy and fight in this group and can't wait to get better with them tomorrow."
R-MC continues a five-game opening home stand with Frostburg State on Sunday, September 9 at 4:00 PM at Day Field.