ASHLAND, Va. – Sophomore Ryan Tiffey (Colombia, Md. / Wilde Lake) scored three times in the second quarter and four times overall as he helped Randolph-Macon men's lacrosse to a 17-5 win over the visiting Methodist Monarchs in non-conference action at Day Field on Wednesday afternoon. Senior Kyle Keepers (Roswell, GA / Roswell) and sophomore Brendan Markovic (Westminster, Md. / Winters Mill) each dished out three assists in the victory.
Keepers' first assist came as he passed to fellow senior Alex Camilliere (Huntingtown, MD / Huntingtown) 36 seconds into the first period for Camilliere to open the scoring. Senior Miles Muncie (Midlothian, VA / Midlothian) added R-MC's second goal with 8:41 to go in the first period.
After Methodist (4-8, 2-3 USA South) got a goal back, Muncie found the net again with 3:21 left in the first, pushing R-MC to the 3-1 lead. Methodist was able to put another on the board with under 30 seconds to play in the first, but it was quickly nullified by Markovic, who scored after a pass from fellow sophomore Ben Swavely (Downington, Pa. / Downington East). Markovic's goal was made possible after the face-off win by sophomore Dan Muller (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) and the ground-ball pickup by Swavely. Randolph-Macon (6-6, 1-3 ODAC) as a team was 20-26 on face-offs, with Muller capturing 11-13. The ground ball was one of three for Swavely on the afternoon; Swavely was joined by Markovic, Muller, senior Kyle Geblein (Hagerstown, MD / Smithsburg) and junior Joe Maranto (Joppa, Md. / Fallston) with three ground balls on the day.
R-MC's biggest quarter of the afternoon was the second, though Methodist got a goal early. Ashland native Michael Bradley scored with 13:29 to go in the period, bringing the game within one goal. It was one of two goals for the Monarch senior and Patrick Henry alum, the other coming in the third quarter.
But the Randolph-Macon defense stepped up strong through the remainder of the quarter. R-MC took advantage of five turnovers by the Monarchs and ripped off six goals to head into halftime with the 10-3 lead.
Keepers had the first goal just minutes after Methodist's second quarter score. With 11:51 to go, he took a pass from Markovic into the net to give the Yellow Jackets some breathing room.
Over the middle of the period, R-MC scored a goal about every minute, scoring three in a row in quick fashion. Tiffey got it started, netting the ball with 9:43 to go on a pass from sophomore Andrew Hogg (Charlottesville, VA / Albemarle). Tiffey stayed involved, sending a pass over to sophomore Colin DiSesa (Ashland, Va. / Hanover), which DiSesa netted with 8:27 to go to create separation and a 7-3 R-MC lead. Tiffey scored again on a pass from Keepers as R-MC went up 8-3.
While the one-a-minute scoring rush ended, Tiffey did not end his attack. He scored again with a man-up advantage with 3:26 to go.
Then it became senior Coleman Adams' (Mechanicsville, VA / St. Christopher's) time to make a run. Adams scored a minute after Tiffey to give R-MC the seven goal advantage heading into the break. Then out of halftime, Adams and Tiffey connected, with Adams scoring the goal with 10:50 to go in the third. Adams dished an assist out to Keepers just over a minute and a half later, putting R-MC up 12-3. Tiffey and Keepers closed the period with a score as Tiffey netted his fourth of the day and Keepers dished out his third assist.
Methodist did tally one goal in each the third and fourth, including in the first minute of the final frame – but the R-MC held stout and held the Monarchs to just five goals and 12 shots on the game compared to R-MC's 44 shots. Eight of R-MC's shots came in the final period and half ended up in the net.
Junior Ty Anderson (Chestertown, MD / Kent County) was responsible for a pair of them, the first coming at the 12:41 mark. Anderson caused a turnover, with Geblein grabbing the ground ball. Geblein then passed ahead back to Anderson, who was streaking down the field. Anderson was able to send the ball into the cage cleanly and tallied his first goals of the season and marked Geblein's first assist.
DiSesa, the team's assist leader, tallied his only one of the day (and 19th of the season) as he passed over to junior Austin Evans (Glen Allen, VA / Glen Allen), who scored his first goal of the season.
Anderson got his second goal of the game as Markovic sent him a pass that he sent past the MU keeper to put R-MC up 16-5. Hogg closed R-MC's scoring with 36 seconds left as he took a pass from Markovic to the cage as well, settling the 17-5 final score.
Junior Chris Cerrina (Ridgewood, NJ / Ridgewood) made a single save on the day as the R-MC defense limited opportunities by Methodist. Freshman Kyle Browne (Mount Airy, Md. / Liganore) also played in the cage for just over eight minutes.
Geblein led the team with three caused turnovers while Anderson added two. Sophomore Tyler Flora (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) was the team leader for ground balls as he picked up five. Swavely and Tiffey each added three. Maranto helped R-MC dominate the faceoff X as he went 6-7 for faceoffs. Freshman Jack Silvernale (Warrenton, Va. / Highland School) also took six faceoffs, winning half of them.
Randolph-Macon will face Bridgewater on Friday at 4:00 PM in a game that has been moved up due to the weather forecast in the Shenandoah Valley for Saturday. The game is part of a three game road trip for the Yellow Jackets before the team returns home on Saturday, April 21 at 1:00 PM to face Randolph.