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Men’s Lacrosse Scores Seven In First Quarter; Defeat VWU 17-1

Kyle Keepers running

ASHLAND, Va. – Senior Kyle Keepers (Roswell, GA / Roswell) found the net five times on the night, including twice in the first quarter, with sophomore Ryan Tiffey (Colombia, Md. / Wilde Lake) adding three in the first alone, as the Yellow Jackets took control of the game with seven scores in the first period and finishing with a strong 17-1 win over the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan. Keepers and Tiffey were two of four Yellow Jackets to score multiple times in the game.

Sophomore Brendan Markovic (Westminster, Md. / Winters Mill) started the scoring run in the first when he scored with 13:37 remaining in the first half. Less than a minute later, Markovic passed over to Keepers, allowing Keepers to rocket the ball into goal, putting R-MC up 2-0.

Tiffey began a run of his own. He scored a pair of goals, the first coming off of a pass from senior Miles Muncie (Midlothian, VA / Midlothian) with 11:07 remaining. Tiffey scored again with 7:50 left, marking his 17th goal of the season.

Keepers found the net for the first time less than two minutes later, scoring with the help of sophomore Colin DiSesa (Ashland, Va. / Hanover).

Tiffey added his third and final goal of the game with 4:21 remaining in a man-up situation. Markovic closed out the quarter with a goal with one second remaining on the clock.

The onslaught of goals didn't stop in the second for R-MC. Sophomore Dan Muller (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) scored 13 seconds into the period, marking his first goal of the season.

Keepers then went for three goals in a row, spanning two periods. His first came at 9:46 in the second. Then, minutes later at 4:40, he took a pass from Tiffey into the net, marking his 19th goal of the season and Tiffey's second assist of 2018.

After R-MC went to halftime with the 10-0 lead, Keepers went back to work, scoring his fifth and final goal of the game with 13:35 left in the third. That marked his 20th goal of the season.

Following the Randolph-Macon face-off win, sophomore Nate Malinowski (Middle River, Md. / Boys' Latin) scored his second goal of the season with 12:43 left.

Muncie added a pair of goals in a row over the final five minutes of the third period. He scored with 5:48 remaining and then took a pass from DiSesa into goal with 1:56 left. The latter was in an advantage situation for R-MC. Markovic closed out the third with a goal, again in the waning seconds of a quarter, scoring his third of the season with 11 seconds remaining in the third.

Muncie kept it up heading into the fourth. Not even a minute into the final frame of play, he scored his 21st of the season with 14:04 remaining in the fourth quarter.

While VWU got a goal back with 10:01 remaining, R-MC got the final goal as senior Tait Buttrey (Damascus, MD / Damascus) scored with 2:18 left to close R-MC's win out 17-1. It marked Buttrey's first goal of the season.

A pair of R-MC goalies made a huge impact on the team's victory. Junior Chris Cerrina (Ridgewood, NJ / Ridgewood) shut out the Marlins, making seven saves. Freshman Kyle Browne (Mount Airy, Md. / Liganore) made a pair of saves in the final period, getting 11:43 of work.

Randolph-Macon outshot VWU 45-14 over the course of the game, including 15-4 in the opening period.

The Yellow Jackets also picked up double the amount of ground balls as the Marlins – 42 for R-MC versus 21 for VWU. R-MC was led by Muncie with five ground balls, as well sophomore Ben Swavely (Downington, Pa. / Downington East), who grabbed four ground balls and senior Kyle Geblein (Hagerstown, MD / Smithsburg), junior Joe Maranto (Joppa, Md. / Fallston) and sophomore Tyler Flora (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) who each snagged six.

Maranto came up huge at the X, securing 7-8 faceoffs, while freshman Jack Silvernale (Warrenton, Va. / Highland School) won the two faceoffs he went out for and Muller grabbed half of his opportunities, 6-12, leading to a 15-22 advantage for R-MC. Muller also lead the team defensively, causing three turnovers while Swavely caused two.

Randolph-Macon will face Methodist at 4:30 PM on Wednesday at Day Field. This is an adjustment of the earlier 4:00 PM time listed earlier this season.