LYNCHBURG, VA — Visiting Berry College went on a 14-0 run over the last 33:17 of the game to pull away and knock off the Randolph College women's lacrosse team 20-5 in non-conference action in the season opener Sunday from WildCat Stadium.
Randolph (0-1) and Berry exchanged goals over the first 10 minutes, as junior Danielle Haney (Norwood, PA/Interboro) and Samie Maggard (Baltimore, MD/Patapsco) netted tallies for the WildCats. Randolph would take its first lead of the game on back-to-back goals from first-year Taylor Klevenz (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill) and Ashley Edwards (Sumerduck, VA/Liberty). The two scores were separated by only 35 seconds.
Berry put together a 3-0 run over the next four minutes to take a 6-4 lead, but Haney's second goal of the half pulled the host WildCats to within one at 6-5. The Vikings (2-3) scored the last three goals of the first half, two coming from Jenny Miller to take a 9-5 lead into intermission.
The second half belonged to BC, as the Vikings scored all 11 goals in the second half, with Kristan Dziuerzynski and Rachel Aiken each netting three apiece. The WildCats were paced offensively by Haney, who finished with two goals and one assist on the day. She also had two ground balls and three draw controls.
Edwards finished with a goal and a assist, posting six draw controls, while Klevenz chalked up six ground balls, four caused turnovers and a goal in her first collegiate game. First-year keeper Samantha Fagone (Bayshore, NY/Bayshore) held her own, making 14 saves in the contest. She also prevented seven of the 11 free-position shots Berry College had. Sophomore Morgan Thompson (Sandy Hook, VA/Goochland) also picked up three ground balls for Randolph.
Dziuerzynski finished with five goals and four assists as well as six ground balls for Berry, which outshot Randolph 40-13. Miller had five goals, four ground balls, four draw controls and four caused turnovers, while Aiken finished with five goals, seven ground balls and six caused turnovers. Elizabeth Flatt added three goals, four ground balls and four draw controls as well for the Vikings.
Randolph will now head South for a busy Spring Break week, taking on Methodist University Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. before continuing down to Georgia for a non-conference game with Agnes Scott College Thursday at 4:30 p.m.