FERRUM — Even a Randolph College player with a blue-blood, royal name could not stop Ferrum College’s men’s lacrosse team from writing a new narrative to its 2019 campaign in its final appearance at W.B. Adams Stadium this season Wednesday night.
The Panthers netted seven of the match’s first nine goals and thwarted a Randolph comeback with a five-goal surge that began with 3 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter for a 15-9 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory.
The win is Ferrum’s first in league play in its inaugural ODAC campaign and it erases several other negative facts from its seasonal ledger.
Cases in point:
Ferrum’s seven-match losing streak, a season-worst, is over.
Ferrum’s 10-match losing skid at Adams Stadium, one that began last year with three straight setbacks, is over.
The Panthers (1-7 in the ODAC, 2-13 overall) netted the match’s first three goals and was ahead 6-2 at the conclusion of the initial period of play.
The spread reached five goals twice in the second stanza — 7-2 and 9-4 — as each team scored three tallies in the quarter.
Ferrum led 9-5 at intermission and 10-6 in the third frame before Randolph (0-7 in the ODAC, 3-11 overall) produced a run of three goals to cut the deficit to one at 8:45 left.
Randolph’s ninth and last goal came with the visitors down a man because of a penalty.
The Panthers responded with five consecutive goals, a surge that ended with 4:24 left in the match to claim their second win of the season. Four players accounted for those goals and three were unassisted.
Randoph’s Price Charles finished the match with two goals, while claiming possession of a match-best 10 ground balls and winning 18 faceoffs.
But, Charles was not his team’s top scorer.
That honor went to Brett Pausic who netted five goals. Tyler Johnson and Sean Landis each scored one.
Five players each passed out one assist.
For the Panthers, Ronald Carney matched Pausic’s showing by tallying five goals.
Mackoy Bodmer, Ferrum’s leading goal scorer, netted four, while Jacob Boswell and Jack Sheehan each tallied two and Cam Steeley and Michael Paolicelli each had one.
Bodmer finished the match with two assists, while Boswell and Carney each distributed one.
Ferrum held advantages in shots (39-32), ground balls (31-23) and the Panthers forced 17 turnovers, while committing 12.
Randolph was 13 of 13 in clears to Ferrum’s 23 of 24 clip and the WildCats won 19 of the match’s 28 faceoffs.
Randolph was 0 of 5 in man-up scoring chances, while Ferrum was 1 of 8.
Goalkeeper Patrick Martinek (1-6) collected 13 saves for the Panthers.
Randolph used two goalkeepers: William Doyle (0-1), who registered four saves, and Corey Boswell, who recorded nine saves.
Randolph committed six penalties for five minutes, while Ferrum was charged with four infractions for four minutes.
Ferrum returns to action Saturday when the Panthers visit ODAC foe Hampden-Sydney College for a noon faceoff.