GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Kyle Keepers (Roswell, GA / Roswell) scored five goals, including three in an eight-goal first quarter for Randolph-Macon as the Yellow Jackets locked up fifth place in next week's Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament with a 15-9 win over the Guilford Quakers. The Quakers were also in the hunt for the fifth seed in the tournament. Randolph-Macon ends the regular season with a 10-7 overall record and 5-4 in the conference.
Keepers scored his first goal for R-MC with 13:54 left in the first quarter on an unassisted play to get the ball into the cage.
For the next few minutes after Keepers' goal, it was all R-MC as the Yellow Jackets alternated the faceoff win and then the goal. Sophomore Dan Muller (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) won the faceoff after Keepers' goal. Paired with a Guilford penalty, the faceoff win led to a Randolph-Macon goal from senior Miles Muncie (Midlothian, VA / Midlothian), who got the assist from fellow senior Coleman Adams (Mechanicsville, VA / St. Christopher's) in a man-up situation for R-MC.
Faceoff-man, sophomore Joe Maranto (Joppa, Md. / Fallston) scored the next win at the X and sent a pass to fellow sophomore Ryan Tiffey (Colombia, Md. / Wilde Lake), who scored just seconds after the faceoff, giving the assist to Maranto. Maranto, at the X once more, helped lead the Yellow Jackets to their next goal -- an unassisted shot by Keepers into goal with 12:12 remaining in the quarter, which got the R-MC to the 4-0 lead.
R-MC's next goal came about two minutes later after a Guilford shot was saved by junior goalie Chris Cerrina (Ridgewood, NJ / Ridgewood). The score came at the hands of junior Ty Anderson (Chestertown, MD / Kent County), who scored on the assist from sophomore Nate Malinowski (Middle River, Md. / Boys' Latin).
R-MC never let up in the first period. Just minutes later and with another man-up situation, Tiffey scored again after an assisting pass from fellow sophomore Colin DiSesa (Ashland, Va. / Hanover). The duo reversed the setup about a minute and a half later as DiSesa scored on a pass from Tiffey, putting the Yellow Jackets up 7-0.
Guilford got a pair of goals back quickly as Derek Spaulding scored twice in a row at 6:18 and 4:43 left in the first quarter.
Keepers scored again to tally his third of the quarter after Tiffey passed to him with 2:45 remaining in the first. It was the final goal of the period for either team as R-MC took a 8-2 lead into the second quarter.
The goals came at a slower clip from that point on. Guilford scored first in the second with 7:34 remaining, cutting the R-MC lead to five. The Quakers cut the lead more with a goal at 5:44, getting the score to a Yellow Jacket lead of 8-4.
But R-MC closed the quarter out with a pair of goals as sophomore Brendan Markovic (Westminster, Md. / Winters Mill) stuck the ball into the cage with 3:54 remaining. Keepers scored as well on a pass from Tiffey with 1:03 remaining, helping the Yellow Jackets take the 10-4 into the halftime intermission.
Randolph-Macon started the second half much like the first – scoring at an impressive rate. Adams took a pass from Markovic into goal with 13:20 remaining to open the second half scoring. After Muller won the proceeding faceoff, he sent a pass ahead to Tiffey for the goal just seconds off out of the faceoff win. Guilford scored after their own faceoff win, but the offenses went cold for about ten minutes of play. GC also scored on the other end of the drought, but R-MC was still up 12-6 following that goal.
Adams got his second goal of the game with 1:35 left in the third, putting R-MC up 13-6.
Guilford tallied the first goal of the final quarter, but Malinowski answered. Just a minute and a half after the GC goal, he stuck the ball in off the assist from Tiffey. Keepers also added a final goal for R-MC with 7:31 remaining, which was assisted by DiSesa. GC also scored twice more in the period, finalizing the score at 15-9 for the game.
Cerrina finished with 13 saves on 22 shots while playing all 60 minutes in the game.
In faceoffs, R-MC held the slight 14-13 edge, with Maranto tallying nine and Muller taking five.
Randolph-Macon led with 22 ground balls to Guilford's 15. Sophomore Ben Swavely (Downington, Pa. / Downington East) led the team with four ground balls while senior Kyle Geblein (Hagerstown, MD / Smithsburg) and sophomore Tyler Flora (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) each had three. Geblein also led the team with a pair of caused turnovers.
Randolph-Macon will be the fifth seed for the ODAC Tournament and will face fourth-seeded Lynchburg on Tuesday in Lynchburg at 7:00 PM.
2018 ODAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament Schedule
Tuesday, May 1 - Quarterfinals
Game 1: #5 Randolph-Macon at #4 Lynchburg | 7:00 p.m.
Game 2: #6 Bridgewater at #3 Roanoke | 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 4 – Semifinals -- at Washington and Lee University
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. #1 Washington and Lee | TBA
Game 4: Winner Game 2 vs. #2 Hampden-Sydney | TBA
Saturday, May 5 – Championship -- at Washington and Lee University
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 | TBA