RANDOLPH, NJ- On Super Bowl Sunday, the Randolph Rams Girls Ice Hockey team took on the Newark East Side Red Raiders at Aspen Ice. The game was preceded by a ceremony recognizing the graduating seniors on both the Red Raiders and the Lady Rams.
The Randolph Lady Rams team is in its second year of existence, so their seniors are among the pioneers who contributed to launching the program. The seniors recognized at this years ceremony were Briana DiCostanzo , Sarah Leneghan, Michelle McMillan, Rachel Tieman, and Anna Xhumba.
Once the puck dropped, the Rams started strong and were rewarded with the game’s first goal when junior Leanne Jensen recorded her first tally of the season. They continued applying pressure throughout the first period, and notched a second goal before it was over, this time by junior Marissa Biancone, in what was also her first of the year.
Newark cut the margin in half mid-way through the second period before senior Rachel Tieman deflected junior Mackenzie Vorel’s point shot for her first goal of the year to return the lead to two goals.
Feeding off the flurry of girls recording their ‘first goals’, the Lady Rams added two more goals early in the third period. One was another ‘first’ of the year by freshman Grace Wynn, and the other was by second leading scorer Mackenzie Vorel.
Vorel, the teams co-captain, finished with four assists to go along with her goal. Starting goalie Morgan Yurchuk, also a team co-captain, stopped 14 of 15 shots before giving way in the third period to sophomore Sydney Bordetsky, who made her second ever appearance in net and stopped all 3 shots she faced. The 5-1 win by the Lady Rams was a strong showing, considering the victory came without their leading scorer and co-captain Carly Snarski, who was unable to attend the game.
Randolph followed that game up with another exciting ‘first’ for the program, when they participated in the playoffs for the Morris – Union League Tournament against Oak Knoll on Sunday Feb. 11.
Vorel and Snarski were able to find the net for the Lady Rams, scoring on Oak Knoll goaltender Annabelle Brodeur, who is the daughter of former Devils goaltender and NHL Hall of Famer Marty Brodeur. However, Randolph came up short in the game, falling by a score of 5-2.
Two big wins followed for the Lady Rams, over Westfield by a score of 11-6 and over Newark East Side by a score of 10-4.
The season started off with Randolph facing some of the more traditionally stronger girls teams in the state, so the wins were few. However as the season wore on the team began to work better together, and they finished strong, going 3-2 down the stretch in their final five games, building confidence and momentum for next season.
After playing seven games in their 2016-17 inaugural season, and posting a 2-5 record, Randolph doubled their amount of games in year two, finishing with a record of 5-9. Their goals scored went up from only eight in year one to 49 in year two.
Snarski led the team in scoring, with 32 points coming on 24 goals and 8 assists, while Vorel was second with 25 points off 15 goals and 10 assists. Yurchuk posted a .871 save percentage, stopping 397 shots on the season. The three team captains will all return next season, and hope to lead the Lady Rams to even more success in year three.