LYNCHBURG, Va. - Senior Alex Lightfoot (Fairfax, Va./WT Woodson) broke the program record for career assists as the Randolph-Macon women's lacrosse team edged Lynchburg 8-6 Saturday evening in ODAC play to extend their win streak to six.
The Yellow Jackets (9-6, 6-1 ODAC) have clinched no worse than second place and a bye in the quarterfinals of the 2018 ODAC Tournament. The Hornets dropped to 6-7 overall and 4-2 in league play.
Lightfoot recorded two assists to give her 164 career assists, passing the mark of 163 by Angela Bisland (1999-02). Lightfoot is third in the ODAC record book for career assists.
After LC netted the game's first goal, freshman Kaylyn Hewes (Linthicum, Md./North County) scored on an assist by Lightfoot to knot the score at 1-1 five minutes into the contest. Lightfoot tied the program mark for career assists with 163. The Hornets reclaimed the lead with 16:15 remaining in the first half. Senior Alicia Hsieh (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) scored with 8:15 left to make it a 2-2 contest. LC would tally the next two goals before a score junior Saunders Riley (Summerfield, N.C./Northern Guilford) pulled the Yellow Jackets within one at 4-3 with two minutes remaining. That would be the score at intermission.
Hsieh would score the first two goals of the second half as R-MC took its first lead at 5-4 with 21:46 left in the second half. Sophomore Mary Castle (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) netted her first goal of the game with 12:21 left to give the Yellow Jackets a 6-4 advantage. LC registered the next two goals to tie it at 6-6 with 7:22 remaining. Freshman Bella Samper (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak) put R-MC back to top with 3:12 left. Lightfoot assisted on the goal, giving her the program record for career assists with 164. Junior Hannah Jones (Chestertown, Md./Kent County) added an insurance goal with 1:25 left on an assist by Samper to make the final 8-6.
Lightfoot leads the ODAC with 37 assists. Hsieh tops the conference with 53 goals. Hsieh had 247 career goals, the third-highest total in program history. She is four away from second and nine away from the record.
Hsieh had three of R-MC's six draw controls. Senior Sarah Alvanos (New Hartford, N.Y./New Hartford) had nine of the 13 ground balls for the Yellow Jackets. Alvanos also had three of R-MC's six caused turnovers.
Sophomore Elicia Wells (Richmond, Va./Trinity) recorded 15 saves on 21 shots on goal. She had 11 saves in the first half.
Randolph-Macon concludes its regular season on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. ODAC contest at Randolph.