ASHLAND, Va. – On his Senior Day, Ty Anderson (Chestertown, MD / Kent County) collected four goals while junior Colin DiSesa (Ashland, VA / Hanover) pushed for five, both new career highs as Men's Lacrosse defeated Virginia Wesleyan Saturday afternoon. The win cemented Randolph-Macon's fourth place finish in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference standings, meaning the Yellow Jackets will host a quarterfinal game next week for the first time since 2012.
How It Happened
- Anderson got everything started for the Yellow Jackets with the first goal 11 minutes into the game. DiSesa offered the assist to Anderson for the first goal. Junior Dan Muller (Glen Allen, VA / Glen Allen) won the next faceoff as fellow junior Tyler Flora (Mechanicsville, VA / Hanover) picked up the ground ball. Muller got a shot off before freshman Jack Averna (Warrenton, VA / Fauquier) converted the next R-MC chance to put the Yellow Jackets up 2-0. R-MC got two more goals in quick succession with junior Brendan Markovic (Westminster, MD / Winters Mill) taking a pass from freshman Andrew Tiffey (Columbia, MD / Wilde Lake) to go ahead 3-0. That was followed quickly with DiSesa's first goal, which was assisted by Flora. VWU got one back, but R-MC capped the period off with junior Davis Hitt (Annapolis, MD / Annapolis) earning a goal to send R-MC out of the period up 5-1.
- R-MC scored ten unanswered crossing the second and third quarters. Anderson earned his second to open the scoring in the second quarter. Then, junior Nate Malinowski (Middle River, MD / Boys' Latin) sent an assisting pass to Tiffey. Junior Ryan Tiffey (Columbia, MD / Wilde Lake) scored after an assist from Averna, putting R-MC ahead 8-1 with 3:54 to go in the second. Freshman Derek Marsilio (Harrisburg, PA / Bishop McDevitt) scored twice in the waning minutes and DiSesa added one as well as Randolph-Macon took an 11-1 lead at halftime.
- DiSesa controlled all of R-MC's offensive production in the third quarter. He scored after assisting passes from Andrew Tiffey, Ryan Tiffey and freshman Brandon Smith (Richmond, VA / Douglas Freeman).
- Anderson scored twice in the fourth quarter to close out his day. His first was assisted by fellow senior Lee Pratt (Winston-Salem, NC / Ronald Reagan) while the second by Andrew Tiffey and the two goals were broken up by a Marlins score. Fellow senior Tanner McClelland (Purcellville,VA / Loudoun Valley) got in on the action, scoring off a pass from Ryan Tiffey, which marked the first goal of his four-year career.. The two Tiffeys connected for a goal with 5:04 remaining as Ryan Tiffey scored after Andrew Tiffey sent him the pass. Smith finished out the day with a score on a pass from Hitt as R-MC settled in with the 19-2 win.
Inside The Numbers
- Randolph-Macon outshot Virginia Wesleyan 66-23. DiSesa led with five goals, Anderson added four with Ryan Tiffey and Marsilio throwing in two. Markovic, Smith, McClelland, Andrew Tiffey and Hitt each had one.
- Andrew Tiffey led the team with four assists while Flora, DiSesa and Ryan Tiffey each had two.
- Senior Austin Evans (Glen Allen, VA / Glen Allen) paced the defense with four caused turnovers. Junior Camden Stramanak (Annapolis, MD / Annapolis) added two, while Flora and senior Cole Churchill (Hillsborough, NC / Cedar Ridge) added one each. Evans' four CT's matches his career-high, which he's obtained two other times this season – at Methodist and at Haverford.
- Flora led the team with eight ground balls, one away from his career high of nine. Anderson added five groundballs while sophomore Jack Silvernale (Warrenton, VA / Highland School), Churchill and Stramanak each collected three. R-MC picked up 40 ground balls to VWU's 28.
- Senior Chris Cerrina (Ridgewood, NJ / Ridgewood) made five saves on seven shots, a 71% save rate. Freshman Tommy Kane (Crofton, MD / DeMartha) also got about eight minutes of work, making a save.
- R-MC commanded 19 faceoffs compared to VWU's six. Muller went 6-9, Silvernale won five of his six and junior Joe Maranto (Joppa, MD / Fallston) won 80% of his faceoffs, going 8-10.
Randolph-Macon will host a quarterfinal game in the ODAC Tournament on Tuesday. The game will mark the first ODAC Tournament game in Ashland since 2012. The game time and opponent will be announced later this weekend.