LEXINGTON, Va. – The second-seeded Randolph-Macon women's lacrosse team finished strong, scoring the final six goals of the game over the final 12 minutes, to outscore No. 3 Lynchburg 16-10 Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the 2018 ODAC Tournament.
The Yellow Jackets (11-6) won their eighth straight contest and advanced to the championship game of the ODAC tourney for the fourth consecutive year. The Hornets fell to 9-8.
R-MC, under head coach MK Geratowski, will meet top-seeded and ninth-ranked Washington and Lee for the championship on Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. The Generals defeated fourth-seeded Shenandoah 18-4 in the other semifinal contest. The Yellow Jackets will be looking for their third ODAC title, having claimed the crown in 2000 and 2002.
Junior Olivia Mott (Dayton, Md./River Hill) was the leader of the R-MC defense. Mott registered four caused turnovers and six ground balls. Junior Rachel Jones (Chestertown, Md./Kent County) added three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.
Sophomore Elicia Wells (Richmond, Va./Trinity) recorded 14 saves for the Yellow Jackets, including nine in the second half..
LC scored five of the game's first seven goals in the first 11 minutes of the contest. Junior Lexi Jones (Chestertown, Md./Kent County) and sophomore Mary Castle (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) had the early scores for R-MC. The Yellow Jackets scored six straight goals to take an 8-5 lead with 6:50 left in the first period. Castle and junior Hannah Jones (Chestertown, Md./Kent County) scored twice, while senior Alex Lightfoot (Fairfax, Va./WT Woodson) added a goal and senior Alicia Hsieh (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) tallied a goal and two assists for R-MC. The Hornets would put up the next two scores to pull within one before Hsieh netted a goal with 38 seconds left on an assist by Lightfoot to give the Yellow Jackets a 9-7 edge at halftime.
The Hornets would recorded the first two goals of the second half to level the score at 9-9 before a goal by Hannah Jones gave R-MC a 10-9 advantage with 25 minutes remaining. LC tied it six minutes later before the Yellow Jackets tallied six straight goals to take control. Freshman Bella Samper (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak) scored on an assist by Lexi Jones with 11:25 left to put R-MC ahead to stay. Lightfoot assisted Hannah Jones one minute later, and freshman Kaylyn Hewes (Linthicum, Md./North County) added an insurance goal as the Yellow Jackets went up 13-10 with 7:15 remaining. Lexi Jones found the back of the net with six minutes left, and Hsieh tallied two more goals to give R-MC a 16-10 lead with two minutes left.
Hsieh finished with four goals and two assists for six points. Hsieh now has 255 career goals, one away from the program record of 256 by Erin Reidy (1999-02).
Hannah Jones also had four goals, while Castle netted three. Lightfoot had a pair of assists, raising her program-record career total to 169.