ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon's senior class scored eight of R-MC's 25 goals on Saturday afternoon, making their presence known on their senior day in front of one of the largest crowd of the season at Day Field. Senior Tait Buttrey (Damascus, MD / Damascus) scored three goals and an assist on the day while his brother Tyee Buttrey (Damascus, MD / Damascus) tallied three assists in Randolph-Macon's 25-4 win against the Randolph WildCats. R-MC moved to 9-7 overall and 4-4 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference while Randolph fell to 0-15 and 0-8 in the ODAC).
R-MC got on top early. The Yellow Jackets' defense shut out Randolph in the first quarter while the seniors pushed the offensive engine. Senior Coleman Adams Mechanicsville, VA / St. Christopher's) scored the first goal of the game with 7:39 remaining in the period. He was followed by senior Kyle Keepers (Roswell, GA / Roswell) who got the assist from Tyee Buttrey with 4:22 to go in the period in a man-up situation. Tait Buttrey scored his first of the day with the assist from junior Ty Anderson (Chestertown, MD / Kent County) with 3:40 to go. After sophomore Joe Maranto (Joppa, Md. / Fallston) secured the proceeding faceoff, sophomore Ryan Tiffey (Colombia, Md. / Wilde Lake) scored with Tyee Buttrey assisting moments later. Senior Miles Muncie (Midlothian, VA / Midlothian), the team leader for goals scored, got his first of two in the game with 2:05 to go. Maranto won the faceoff following Muncie's goal, again leading to an R-MC score, this time by sophomore Brendan Markovic (Westminster, Md. / Winters Mill) with assist to Tyee Buttrey again. All of Buttrey's assists in the game came in the first period.
R-MC was not done in the first quarter though. Tait Buttrey scored one last time with sophomore Davis Hitt (Annapolis, Md. / Annapolis) assisting with 18 second left, giving R-MC the 7-0 lead heading into the second period.
Randolph struck first in the second as RC junior Prince Charles got the ball into the cage to open the scoring for RC. But the senior action remained strong for R-MC. Moments after the WildCat score, senior Kyle Geblein (Hagerstown, MD / Smithsburg) sent a pass to sophomore Colin DiSesa (Ashland, Va. / Hanover), who scored his 13th goal of the season with 10:53 remaining in the period.
After nearly five minutes without a score, Randolph got the next one with 5:13 to go, cutting the R-MC lead to six. But much like the first quarter, R-MC lived for the final minutes of the period.
Muncie scored his second goal of the game and 31st of the season with 3:31 to go. Then, following the faceoff, Tiffey scored again with Keepers on the assist, marking Tiffey's 28th goal of 2018. Randolph got a faceoff and goal as R-MC worked in its groove, but it was not enough to throw the Yellow Jackets off. An illegal procedure penalty netted R-MC its second and final extra man opportunity of the afternoon, which they converted as Hitt scored on the assist from DiSesa. DiSesa would dish out another assist before the end of the quarter as he sent a pass over to Tiffey to score with 16 seconds left and sent R-MC into the halftime intermission up 12-3.
R-MC had its best quarter of the afternoon in the third, scoring eight while limiting Randolph to just one. DiSesa was the first Yellow Jacket to score, doing so three times in a row at 12:41, 11:02 and 9:17 remaining in the period. His second goal was assisted by Hitt while the third assist went to Markovic.
After freshman Jack Silvernale (Warrenton, Va. / Highland School) secured the faceoff following the third goal by DiSesa, freshman Jimmy Hasemann (Gaithersburg, Md. / Magruder) took the ball into the cage to put R-MC up 16-3. Sophomore Tom Prusak (Phoenix, Md. / St. Paul's) added a goal with 5:07 to go in the period with Tait Buttrey offering the assist to put R-MC up 17-3. Tait got his own goal moments later with 1:26 to go, marking his fourth of the season and third of the game, but not before Keepers netted his 27th of the year with 3:13 to go in the period. Sophomore Tyler Flora (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) got the assist on Keepers' goal as well. Randolph did get their fourth goal of the game with 1:18 remaining as Charles scored his second of the game, but R-MC answered before the quarter even closed. Tiffey scored his 30th goal of the season as Prusak offered the assist, sending R-MC into the final quarter with the 20-4 lead.
Prusak got R-MC's next goal as well after getting the assist from sophomore James Mahan (Salem, Va. / Salem), which all came with 11:41 to go in the fourth. Sophomore Dan Muller (Glen Allen, Va. / Glen Allen) extended R-MC's lead as Hasemann sent his a pass that he took into the cage with 6:18 to go in the quarter, while Anderson added another Yellow Jacket score with 4:24 to go. Hasemann and Mahan each ended the game with scores at 1:46 and 1:40 respectively, with Prusak assisting on both goals, to tally three assists on the day.
Randolph-Macon outshot Randolph 68-15.
Defensively, the team was led by Geblein who caused five turnovers and picked up three ground balls. Flora and Tiffey each added two CT's. Maranto and Silvernale led the team with five ground balls, with Adams adding four and DiSesa, Prusak, Flora and Tyee Buttrey each picking up three. R-MC captured 48 ground balls total to Randolph's 16.
At the X, R-MC won 22-32 faceoffs, with Maranto winning 13-17 and Silvernale winning 9-4.
Randolph-Macon heads to Guilford next Saturday for a 4:00 PM tilt, which could potentially be an important battle for placement in the seedings of the ODAC Tournament. Guilford (9-5, 3-3 ODAC) is playing Hampden-Sydney today and Washington & Lee Wednesday.