SALEM, Va. – No. 19 Roanoke College was too much for Randolph-Macon men's lacrosse to handle as the Maroons tallied a 20-8 win over the Yellow Jackets on Saturday afternoon at Kerr Stadium in Salem.
After Roanoke (10-4, 5-2 ODAC) got out to a 3-0 start, Randolph-Macon (7-7, 2-4 ODAC) scored its first goal with 10:29 to go in the first. Senior Kyle Keepers (Roswell, GA / Roswell) scored his 24th goal of the season. The goal came via a pass from sophomore Colin DiSesa (Ashland, Va. / Hanover), which marked his 22nd assist.
Roanoke scored again, but R-MC kept the pressure on. Junior Ty Anderson (Chestertown, MD / Kent County) took a pass from sophomore Brendan Markovic (Westminster, Md. / Winters Mill) and sent it into the cage to bring the game within two.
But Roanoke turned on the jets from there. The Maroons shut out R-MC in the second period, while scoring six goals of their own. The run put the halftime line at 10-2 in favor of Roanoke.
RC scored another three to open up the second half. Randolph-Macon cut the nine-goal run as senior Tyee Buttrey (Damascus, MD / Damascus) sent a shot into the net with 12:06 to go in the third. It was Buttrey's second goal of the season.
R-MC and RC swapped scores for much of the remainder of the period. Roanoke started the back-and-forth a few minutes after Buttrey's goal with a score at 9:52 to go in the third.
Randolph-Macon answered. Senior Miles Muncie (Midlothian, VA / Midlothian) took a pass from sophomore Davis Hitt (Annapolis, Md. / Annapolis) and put it in the cage to take the score to 14-4. The goal came in a man-up situation.
The teams did it again as the third period was coming to an end, with RC scoring at 3:23 left and R-MC scoring with 2:53 to go – once more in an advantage situation – as sophomore Ryan Tiffey (Colombia, Md. / Wilde Lake) scored on an assist from Keepers.
Roanoke opened the final period three goals, taking their lead to 18-5.
R-MC sparked its own offense during the middle of the quarter.
Hitt scored his second assist of the day, as he passed over to sophomore Tyer Flora (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) who netted R-MC's sixth goal of the afternoon and his first goal of the season.
About a minute later, the duo that scored R-MC's second goal of the game, Markovic and Anderson, reversed roles from their earlier goal with Markovic netting his sixth goal of the season and Anderson tallying his first assist of 2018.
R-MC finished the 3-0 run as Muncie score from the left side of the cage as he crashed in. Muncie is the team leader with 26 goals this season.
Roanoke closed out the game with two goals, winning 20-8.
Randolph-Macon won more face offs that the Maroons for the game, taking 17 compared to RC's 15. Freshman Jack Silvernale (Warrenton, Va. / Highland School) led R-MC, going 7-12 at the X, while sophomore Joe Maranto (Joppa, Md. / Fallston) and junior Dan Muller (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) each won five.
Roanoke outshot the Yellow Jackets 56-26. Junior Chris Cerrina (Ridgewood, NJ / Ridgewood) tallied 15 saves while freshman Kyle Browne (Mount Airy, Md. / Liganore) collected one save in about eight and a half minutes of work.
Sophomore Ben Swavely led the Yellow Jackets with two caused turnovers while seniors Alex Camilliere (Huntingtown, MD / Huntingtown), Kyle Geblein (Hagerstown, MD / Smithsburg) and Coleman Adams (Mechanicsville, VA / St. Christopher's) as well as sophomore Merrick Wood (Arnold, Md. / Severna Park) each tallied one.
Buttry led the team with four ground balls while Flora, Geblein and junior Austin Evans (Glen Allen, VA / Glen Allen) tallied three each
Randolph-Macon will face Shenandoah in Winchester on Wednesday at 7:00 PM before returning home against Randolph at 1:00 PM on Saturday.