RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph boys lacrosse season ended unceremoniously on Saturday, May 18, when the No. 3 seed Rams fell to No. 6 seed Minutemen of Mendham in the second round of the NJSIAA State Playoffs.
The game started favorably for the Rams, with the teams trading goals to the point where Randolph held a 5-4 lead after the first quarter. Randolph extend that lead to 8-6, but with just two minutes remaining before halftime the tide took a sudden turn.
What followed next was proof of how important the face-off can be in lacrosse. Mendham won four straight face offs that directly resulted in four straight goals scored in just under a two-minute span, to stun the Rams and completely turn the game around.
Trailing 10-8 to start the second half the Rams settled down and the teams played mostly even in the third quarter, which ended with Mendham holding a 12-9 lead.
In the fourth quarter however, Mendham seized full control by outscoring the Rams 5-1, again continuing to win the face-off battle and control possession.
Henry Pinilis led the Rams in scoring with a goal and five assists for a six point game, while Aiden Clark, Matt Holland, and Dylan Lawler each had three goals and an assist.
For the season, Randolph finished with a record of 12-6 overall, while going 6-1 in their league to finish in a tie with Sparta for first place in the eight-team league. The Rams No. 3 seed in the state tournament was also the highest seed the team has achieved since 2007.