RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph girls’ lacrosse team enjoyed their best season and first winning record since 2012, finishing with a record of 10-5 in 2017. The season came to a close in a tightly contested, down to the wire, 11-10 loss to Ridge in the state quarterfinals.
“Our final game against Ridge was the best game we played as a team all season, and every single player worked hard for us to be successful,” said coach Michelle Poole. “It was close the entire way, with multiple lead changes, and we ended up tying the game with 2:30 left, but got called for an illegal stick which negated the tying goal.”
“It was a disappointing way to lose, but I could not have asked any more from the team,” Poole continued. “They all gave it their best effort and we walked away with our heads held high knowing that this season was one to remember.”
The team graduates four seniors, three who have been the backbone of the team for years, and one who rejoined the sport after a few year hiatus.
“This will be the hardest group of seniors to let go so far, as they are the first group of girls I have had all four years as a first time head coach,” said Gina Adickes, Lady Rams head coach. “I stood on DaSilva field four years ago looking at those two girls ( TT Naslonski and Sutton Todd ) knowing they would make a mark for Randolph Lacrosse and they did just that. TT and Sutton have been the captains these past two seasons because of their dedication to the sport, love for their team, and their overall work ethic. They were the driving force all four years but this year was their best.”
Todd finished her Lady Rams career with 548 saves, and a .554 save percentage, and was the vocal leader on defense. Naslonski finished her career as the single season, and all-time Randolph lacrosse record holder in both goals and total points, compiling 218 goals and 89 assists for 307 points.
“Brenna Lawler has worked her way up through all levels at Randolph and has been a dedicated, hard worker for all four seasons,” said Poole. “Her stats don't reflect just how important she has been to the team this season, she creates many more opportunities for her fellow teammates. Tori Weismann decided to join the team this year as a senior after a three year hiatus (last playing lacrosse in 8th grade). That takes a lot of courage to join a team as a senior. Tori is a great young woman who worked hard and got better every day.”
Both coaches had fond memories and words of advice for their departing seniors.
“The four seniors brought intensity, fun and hard work to the field,” said Adickes. “They brought so much life to the team and I enjoyed coaching them. They have turned into beautiful young ladies and there are no doubts in my mind they will continue to be successful in college.”
“My advice to these seniors as they move on in life is to makes sure to learn from every experience life hands you,” said Poole. “I hope you all learned to fight through adversity, relish the amazing times you've had, and always reflect on these past four years of high school and your experience playing lacrosse with your childhood friends. I hope those memories keep you strong, grounded, and grateful for life.”