ASHLAND, Va. – Coming into the day, Randolph-Macon Men's Lacrosse sat fifth in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference standings. But by the end of it, R-MC cracked into the top four as the Yellow Jackets leapfrogged Roanoke with a 9-5 victory in Ashland. The victory was a historic occasion as well, marking just the second time in program history that the Yellow Jackets had bested the Maroons.
Score: Randolph-Macon 9, Roanoke 5
Location/Venue: Ashland, Va./Day Field
Records: Randolph-Macon (12-4, 6-3 ODAC), Roanoke (10-7, 6-4 ODAC)
How It Happened
- Randolph-Macon struck early and often in the first quarter. Junior Colin DiSesa (Ashland, VA / Hanover) took a pass from freshman Derek Marsilio (Harrisburg, PA / Bishop McDevitt) to open the scoring for the Yellow Jackets with 11:50 to play. It was the first of four in the period for R-MC as junior Ryan Tiffey (Columbia, MD / Wilde Lake) scored about six minutes later. He took a pass from senior Ty Anderson (Chestertown, MD / Kent County) into the cage for the team's second goal. Marsilio added one of his own at the 3:57 mark, as he took a shot that landed in the net thanks to a pass from junior Brendan Markovic (Westminster, MD / Winters Mill). Freshman Andrew TIffey (Columbia, MD / Wilde Lake) finished the quarter strong for R-MC with a goal less than a minute later. Freshman Brandon Smith (Richmond, VA / Douglas Freeman) earned the assist for Andrew Tiffey's goal.
- Roanoke got one goal back in the opening minutes of the second quarter, but R-MC responded. Markovic took the ball to the cage with 5:29 remaining in the quarter to put R-MC ahead 5-1. Roanoke answered less than a minute later to make the difference three goals. Smith ended the period with a score, as with under ten seconds to play, he took a pass from Marsilio and finished the play at the cage for the 6-2 lead at the break.
- R-MC opened the second half with a goal as the Tiffey's made a connection. Thirty-four seconds into the half, Andrew Tiffey passed to his brother Ryan to finish the play, putting R-MC up 7-2. Roanoke scored twice in the frame, though R-MC held the advantage heading into the final quarter.
- The Yellow Jackets scored twice early in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Markovic earned the assist for both goals as he sent a pass over to DiSesa for the goal at the 13:12 mark and repeated the action just over a minute later to Marsilio. Roanoke earned a final tally later in the game, but the score wasn't enough to threaten the R-MC advantage 9-5.
Inside The Numbers
- Randolph-Macon dominated the first quarter, making 12 shots, picking up 15 ground balls and forcing nine turnovers. Roanoke was limited to just three shots and two ground balls.
- R-MC won ten of 18 faceoffs in the game. Junior Dan Muller (Glen Allen, VA / Glen Allen) won eight and junior Joe Maranto (Joppa, MD / Fallston) won two.
- The Yellow Jacket's defense was busy all day. Junior Camden Stramanak (Annapolis, MD / Annapolis) made four caused turnovers while senior Austin Evans (Glen Allen, VA / Glen Allen) made three and senior Cole Churchill (Hillsborough, NC / Cedar Ridge) made two, as did junior Tyler Flora (Mechanicsville, VA / Hanover).
- Markovic led the team with six ground balls, while Flora and senior goalkeeper Chris Cerrina (Ridgewood, NJ / Ridgewood) added five each. Muller also had four ground balls on the day. R-MC dominated play on the ground, grabbing 36 ground balls, compared to 19 for the Maroons.
- Cerrina made nine saves against 14 shots as he earned the win in goal.
- DiSesa led the team with 12 shots. R-MC held the shooting edge 36-27.
- R-MC is now in fourth place in the ODAC Standings. This is key as seeds are determined for the ODAC Tournament, with the third and fourth seeds earning a chance to host a quarterfinal. With Roanoke now finished with its season, R-MC would hold a head-to-head tiebreaker edge when seeds are determined next weekend.
Randolph-Macon's win against Roanoke is one for the history books. It's just the second time R-MC has defeated Roanoke in program history. The last time it happened, R-MC won 13-9 on April 25, 1972, which was in just the second year of the program.
Randolph-Macon will celebrate Senior Day with a matchup against Virginia Wesleyan beginning at 4:00 PM next Saturday at Day Field.