ROXBURY, NJ- The most dramatic and memorable victories in sports, are the ones that come with the game winning points scored in the final minute of play. JP Southren earned himself a spot in Randolph Lacrosse folklore by doing just that in their first round playoff game today, netting the winning goal in an 8-7 victory.
Border town rivals Randolph and Roxbury faced off in the first round of the Lacrosse state tournament Saturday May 17. It proved to be yet another hard fought matchup between the two rival schools. The two teams had played in a regular season game the previous Thursday; Randolph also won that game between the two squads 7-5.
Early turnovers hurt the Rams as Roxbury scored the first goal of the game. Brothers J.P and Jake Southern soon answered with two goals apiece, and the game entered the half all tied up at 4-4. The second half was very physical and filled with plenty of drama. Matt Carle played a solid game in net with 14 saves, but the Rams found themselves down 7-5 heading into the fourth quarter.
Senior TJ Lindquist had a solid game for the Rams, getting a goal in the third, and another early in the fourth to help keep Randolph close . Lindquist also had two assists on the day to lead Randolph with 4 total points.
The Southern brothers would strike again in the fourth. After Lindquist's goal pulled the Rams within one, Jake Southren tied the game up late in the fourth quarter. Soon after J.P would score the eventual game winning goal with 27 seconds remaining. Roxbury attempted a quick counter attack, but a last second block by Randolph defensemen John Castro would seal the victory.
The final score was 8-7, as the 11th seed Rams upset the 6th seed Gaels on their home field. Sophmore Brian Gleeson helped power the offense with three assists, while John Clements added one assist.
Randolph Coach Noslanski was more than thrilled with his team’s effort. He commented, “We have a never give up attitude, we have been fighting back all year.”
The come from behind victory is nothing new for the Rams as many of their victories this year have come in the fourth quarter.
Randolph will be play #3 seed Scoth Plains in the next round of the tournament on Tuesday May 20.