ASHLAND, Va. – Sophomore goalkeeper Allie Walker (Towson, Md./Mercy) registered nine saves and allowed just three goals as second-seeded Randolph-Macon thumped sixth-seeded Virginia Wesleyan 14-3 Wednesday evening at Day Field in the semifinals of the 2015 ODAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament.
The Yellow Jackets (14-3) will travel to Lexington on Saturday to face top-seeded Washington and Lee for the ODAC title. The Generals pulled out a 7-6 overtime win over No. 5 Lynchburg to advance to the championship game.
The R-MC defense was stifling. The Yellow Jackets held the Marlins (10-9) to their lowest goal total of the season, previously four at CNU. It was also the lowest goal total for an R-MC opponent this year. The previous low was four at Hollins.
R-MC had an advantage of 16 to 25 in turnovers, including 6 to 13 in the first period. Sophomore Kristin Patrick (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) led the Yellow Jackets with six caused turnovers and also had four ground balls. Senior Tricia Mangas (Chantilly, Va./Paul VI) caused four turnovers and recorded three ground balls. Junior Jenelle Whitman (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) had three caused turnovers, five ground balls and three draw controls.
The Yellow Jackets won the ground ball battle 29-18, including 16-8 in the second half. R-MC won 11 of 19 draw controls and was 23 of 26 on clears.
Whitman and freshman Alicia Hsieh (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) both had three goals to lead the R-MC offense, while junior Shannon Jamieson (Cypress, Texas/Cypress-Woods) and sophomore Laney Dee (Norfolk, Va./Bishop Sullivan) both added a pair of goals for the Yellow Jackets.
R-MC scored the first four goals of the game in the first 20 minutes of the contest. Hsieh had two of the first four scores. After VWC registered its first goal, the Yellow Jackets added three more to make it 7-1. The Marlins responded with a goal with 39 seconds remaining as R-MC took a 7-2 lead at intermission.
The Yellow Jackets had the first four goals of the second half to take an 11-2 advantage with 17:40 left in the contest. Whitman had two of those four scores for R-MC. VWC tallied a goal with 17 minutes remaining to cut it to 11-3 before Jamieson netted two of the final three goals for the Yellow Jackets in a 14-3 decision.