MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Randolph field hockey team's successful 2017 campaign came to an end on Friday Nov. 3, when the Lady Rams battled to the bitter end, but fell in the NJSIAA State Sectional Finals to Morristown. The Colonials defended their title from last year with a 4-2 win over the Lady Rams.
Randolph, the No. 2 seed, made No. 1 seed Morristown sweat down the stretch however, when they rallied to cut a 3-0 lead down to 3-2 with just minutes left in the game. Having trailed 3-0 at halftime, Randolph played great defense and kept the game from getting out of reach, keeping Morristown off the scoreboard the whole second half until the final minute of the game.
Junior Olivia Meyers sparked Randolph with a late goal, scoring on an odd man rush to cut the lead to 3-1 with just 9:14 left in the game, and the Lady Rams had life. Meyers made things really interesting when she struck again with just 3:29 left off an assist from Carly Snarksy. The Colonials lead was suddenly down to one goal, and the tension was at its peak.
After a timeout, Morristown responded by controlling the possession in the Rams zone for the next two minutes and were rewarded by scoring their fourth goal off a penalty corner with just 1:01 left on the clock, which sealed the game.
The Lady Rams season was a resounding success, having reached the Morris County semifinals ( where they lost to eventual champion Madison ) and also reaching the state sectional finals. Randolph's final record stands at 15-4-3.