RANDOLPH, NJ- Senior Mike Turner scored the only goal that really mattered, the game winner in OT, in a wild game against Sparta on Thursday May 1. In a game that saw multiple lead changes, the Rams came from behind, gave up the lead late, and then stole the win right back from Sparta, winning 10-9 in overtime.
Trailing 3-0 after the first, and 5-2 at the half, the Rams were a bit out of sync and struggling to find their groove. They clearly found their groove when the third quarter came along. Coach John Naslonski made some adjustments during the break, and Randolph responded by erupting for 6 goals in the quarter.
To start the third, TJ Lindquidst, Jake Southren, and JP Southren all scored to knot the game at 5 apiece. Sparta took the lead back briefly at 6-5, before Turner sank two and JP Southren scored again to put the Rams up 8-6 and complete the dominant third for the Rams
With Randolph leading late at 9-7, Sparta rallied for two goals in the last two minutes to send the game to OT. That set up the dramatic ending, as two longtime teammates showed how experience and playing together breeds familiarity and success.
Lindquist and Turner, who have played together since second grade, made eye contact, and then “Knew” what to expect from each other. With the defender tured his back, Turner darted past him toward the goal from right to left, splitting the Sparta defense. Lindquist hit him with a perfect pass from the left side, and Turner buried it for the game winner.
For the game, JP Southren finished with three goals and three assists, while Lindquist added two goals and three assists. Turner contributed three goals on the game, and Jake Southren rounded out the scoring with two goals and an assist. Matt Carle made 14 saves in net.
On Saturday, May 2, the Rams played their Morris County tournemant Preliminary round game against Morris Catholic. The game got out of hand early as Randolph ran over, around, and through the Crusaders scoring almost at will. They raced out to a 14 - 1 halftime lead en route to an 18-1 whitewashing.
The good news for the Rams was that it provided an opportunity for many players to get onto the scoresheet and contribute to the win. Ten different players scored goals, including five for JP Southren, three for Jake Southren, two for TJ Lindquist and Zach Elvins, and one apiece for John Clements, Matt Duda, Brian gleeson, Brett Gundy, Tyler Jones, and Matthew Koop.