WINCHESTER, Va. – Randolph-Macon Men's Lacrosse earned its record-setting 11th win Saturday afternoon as the Yellow Jackets defeated Shenandoah in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference match in Winchester. The win marked the first time R-MC earned more than ten overall wins in a season.
Score: Randolph-Macon 13, Shenandoah 6
Location/Venue: Winchester, Va./Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium
Records: Randolph-Macon (11-3, 5-2 ODAC), Shenandoah (7-7, 3-5 ODAC)
How It Happened
- Shenandoah earned the early goal, but Randolph-Macon earned control in the rest of the frame. Junior Brendan Markovic (Westminster, MD / Winters Mill) scored a goal with 9:27 remaining in the period after taking an assisting pass from fellow junior Ryan Tiffey (Columbia, MD / Wilde Lake). The goal was made possible by a turnover just moments before, caused by freshman Derek Marsilio (Harrisburg, PA / Bishop McDevitt). Moments after the proceeding faceoff, which R-MC's Joe Maranto (Joppa, MD / Fallston) won, junior Colin DiSesa (Ashland, VA / Hanover) scored his first of the day. Maranto won the next faceoff as well, with a ground ball picked up by junior Tyler Flora (Mechanicsville, VA / Hanover). Flora fed the ball ahead for DiSesa to score his second in a row. About two minutes later, R-MC finished the scoring off for the period with a goal by junior Nate Malinowski (Middle River, MD / Boys' Latin) in a man-down situation. R-MC left the first quarter with a 4-1 lead.
- R-MC scored two early goals in the second quarter. Tiffey scored in a man-advantage situation after taking an assisting pass from Markovic. Tiffey scored again about two minutes later, this time assisted by Marsilio to put the Yellow Jackets up 6-1. Shenandoah scored three in a row to cut the R-MC lead to two, but freshman Andrew Tiffey (Columbia, MD / Wilde Lake) broke the SU streak with a score at the 2:19 to go mark in the period. He got the assist from freshman Brandon Smith (Richmond, VA / Douglas Freeman). Senior Ty Anderson (Chestertown, MD / Kent County) finished the half off with a goal with just four seconds on the clock. R-MC took an 8-4 lead into the third quarter.
- R-MC dominated the third period. Markovic scored his second of the game with an assist from Flora, just two minutes into the frame. DiSesa added his third of the day after a pass from Markovic with 11:25 to go in the period, putting Randolph-Macon ahead 10-4. The final two goals of the quarter for R-MC were Tiffey-to-Tiffey connections. Andrew Tiffey scored on an assisting pass from Ryan Tiffey with 7:01 to go, putting R-MC ahead 11-4. Then with 3:37 left and in an advantage situation, Ryan Tiffey scored after getting a pass from Andrew Tiffey to give the Yellow Jackets a 12-4 lead. Shenandoah added one before the end of the quarter, but R-MC had the 12-5 lead going into the final period.
- DiSesa added his fourth and final of the day midway through the fourth quarter as Anderson passed over to the junior, who hit the cage to give R-MC the 13-5 lead. Shenandoah finished with a goal with about three minutes remaining, but that was not enough to encroach on the Randolph-Macon lead as the Yellow Jackets closed out the victory.
Inside The Numbers
- R-MC held the edge in shots, 42-32. DiSesa led the team with eight shots with Markovic close behind with seven shots.
- In the cage, senior Chris Cerrina (Ridgewood, NJ / Ridgewood) made 13 saves against 19 shots faced. Freshman Tommy Kane (Crofton, MD / DeMartha) also made a save.
- Maranto won nine of 19 faceoffs while junior Dan Muller (Glen Allen, VA / Glen Allen) won two of three at the X.
- Flora made two caused turnovers to lead the team. Malinowski, Marsilio, senior Cole Churchill (Hillsborough, NC / Cedar Ridge), junior Davis Hitt (Annapolis, MD / Annapolis) and junior Camden Stramanak (Annapolis, MD / Annapolis) each had one caused turnover as well.
- Flora led team with five ground balls. Maranto added four, with Anderson, Ryan Tiffey, Smith, Markovic, Churchill, DiSesa and senior Austin Evans (Glen Allen, VA / Glen Allen) each picking up two ground balls. R-MC picked up 27 ground balls compared to SU's 23.
Program Record for Season Wins
Now with 11 wins this season, the team has set a program record for total number of team wins in a season. The prior record, ten wins, had been attained three times before this season, including twice under head coach J.B. Sheridan. After starting play in 1971, the Yellow Jackets reached ten wins for the first time in 1992 and repeated the endeavour in 2013 and last season.
Randolph-Macon will face Lynchburg on Wednesday at Day Field beginning at 7:00 PM.