ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon field hockey forced Shenandoah to overtime Friday night, but was bested by the Hornets in a tough 2-1 match.
Score: Shenandoah 2, Randolph-Macon 1
Location/Venue: Ashland, Va./Day Field
Records: Shenandoah (12-4, 5-2 ODAC), Randolph-Macon (6-8, 2-4 ODAC)
How It Happened
- Randolph-Macon scored early as sophomore Kathleen Tanner (Spotsylvania, Va. / Riverbend) took a shot in the third minute that rebounded right back to her. She followed the shot up with a pass to fellow sophomore Austyn Faries (Richmond, Va. / Monacan) who slipped in behind Shenandoah's keeper and into the opposite post for the score.
- From there, Randolph-Macon's defense put on the pressure. Despite a barrage of shots, R-MC kept the sheet clean for the rest of the half. Sophomore Megan May (Hayes, Va. / Gloucester) got a pair of defensive saves after a series of shots and penalty corners, right around the 17 minute mark.
- Shenandoah evened the score in the 60th minute as Taylor Hayes got the pass and put it into the far post following an SU penalty corner.
- R-MC's defense took over for the remaining minutes as the Yellow Jackets held on through a few more Hornet shots in the waning minutes. Freshman goalkeeper Gatlin Snyder (Powhatan, Va. / Powhatan) got a pair of crucial saves around the 67th minute.
- In overtime, Shenandoah ended the game with a goal about a minute and a half in. SU's Kelsey Jones took a pass from Hayes and dribbled to the middle of the circle, where she got a clean look at the cage and placed it to end the game.
Inside The Numbers
- Snyder made 16 saves on the night. Coming into the night, Snyder ranked sixth in the nation for save percentage at 0.862.
- May had a total of three defensive saves, which is a Top 5 mark in the nation in Division III for defensive saves.
- Faries' goal is her third of the season while Tanner's assist was her first in 2018.
- R-MC outsaved Shenandoah 19-5, though SU held the edge in shots 30-11.
- Sophomores Ayanna Healy (Newport News, Va. / Woodside), Maria Teresa Ambrogi-Torres (Richmond, Va. / Trinity Episcopal School) and Tanner along with freshmen Abby Sloan (Chester, Va. / Thomas Dale) and Katie Brookman (Culpeper, Va. / Eastern View) each had two shots on the game. Both of Healy's landed on goal while one for each Tanner, Ambrogi-Torres and Brookman required saves.
Randolph-Macon will face Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday at 7:00 PM in Harrisonburg.