ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon senior Alicia Hsieh (Ellicott City, Md. / Centennial) scored four goals against Washington College on Saturday, but the Shorewomen found the golden goal in overtime to emerge victorious in a 14-13 showdown at Day Field. The loss drops R-MC's record to 2-4 while Washington College moved to 5-1.
Hsieh opened the scoring with a goal 1:01 into the contest. Fellow senior Alex Lightfoot (Fairfax, Va. / WT Woodson) took a play into the net after the assisting pass from junior Saunders Riley (Summerfield, N.C. / Northern Guilford). WC would gain one back, but the Yellow Jackets kept the offense up. Riley scored her own goal with 24:23 remaining to push R-MC to the 3-1 lead.
Washington College mounted a strong offensive attack over the next four minutes though. Three goals by the Shorewomen allowed them to take their first lead of the game 4-3.
The Yellow Jackets answered with a trio of goals themselves. Junior Hannah Jones (Chestertown, Md. / Kent County) took a pass from her sister and fellow junior, Lexi Jones (Chestertown, Md. / Kent County) to tie the game at four. Hsieh scored on a free position shot with 15:21 left to put the Yellow Jacket back in the lead 5-4. Freshman Kaylyn Hewes (Linthicum, Md. / North County) did the same following a foul about three and a half minutes later, giving the Yellow Jackets a two-goal advantage.
But Washington College was not finished for the half. WC scored three goals to close out the period over the final ten minutes, including two by Cecily Docktor, one of which came with just :14 left. The Shorewomen had the 7-6 lead heading into the half.
A penalty as time was expiring in the first period would give R-MC momentum heading into the second half. Freshman Bella Samper (Spring, Texas / Klein Oak) scored to even the game at 7-7 in player-up situation with 28:09 to go in the second. It would mark Samper's 7th goal of the season.
Washington College got the goal back with 26:06 to go, retaking the lead 8-7. But the Shorewomen only had the lead for about two minutes before Hsieh found the net again to knot the game at 8. Hsieh has tallied 21 goals this season so far.
Hewes followed Hsieh's lead. On a free position shot about a minute later, Hewes stuck it into the net to put the Yellow Jackets up again. Hewes scored her third and final time with 19:22 left to give R-MC a two-goal advantage once again.
But the response from WC was strong in yet another tug in the hard-fought match. The Shorewomen scored with 18:42 to go and again with 15:35 to go to tied the game at 10. Hsieh took advantage of a free position shot just moments later, giving Randolph-Macon what would be its final lead of the game. WC fired off another 3-0 run, giving it a two-goal cushion in the waning minutes.
Riley worked to ensure the cushion was not comfortable for WC. She scored seconds after the final of the three WC goals in a row, narrowing the lead to one. Hannah Jones completed the fight for another tie with a goal with 3:31 to go on a free position shot.
With the game in overtime, the Shorewomen got the golden goal 2:45 into the period, ending the back-and-forth affair, winning 14-13.
In goal, sophomore Elicia Wells (Richmond, Va. / Trinity) made 19 saves and picked up four ground balls, a team lead.
Defensively, seniors Lindsay Andrews (Fallston, Md. / St. Paul's School for Girls) and Sarah Alvanos (New Hartford, N.Y. / New Hartford) each caused a pair of turnovers. Hannah Jones controlled four draws while Hsieh collected three.
R-MC plays a pair of games on the road, at St. Mary's (Md.) on Thursday at 4:00 PM and at Christopher Newport on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 before returning home to face Washington and Lee at 1:00 PM on March 31.