April 24, 2010

Robert Morris Snaps Two-Game Losing Streak

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Robert Morris University Colonials snapped a two-game losing streak with a close 12-10 victory over the Sacred Heart Pioneers on Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers held a 6-4 lead after the first-half, but a strong second half lifted the Colonials over SHU to earn their ninth win of the season.
Juniors Trevor Moore (Port Coquitlam, B.C. / Western Reserve Academy), Corbyn Tao-Brambleby (Coquitlam, B.C. / Western Reserve Academy) and Patrick Smith (Westminster, Md. / Westminster) all recorded hat-tricks in the victory and Rob Laughner (Indianapolis, Indiana / Bishop Chatard) and Mike Grosz (St. Louis, Mo. / Parkway West) led the team with five ground balls.

The Pioneers started off the contest with a two-goal lead with goals by Timmy Katz and Jon Flood at the 3:34 and 5:27 marks. A little over a minute later the Colonials got in a groove and reeled off three goals to grab a 3-2 advantage heading into the second quarter.

It took over five minutes for a score to be made in the second quarter, but Sacred Heart broke the silence at 5:40 with Flood's second goal of the contest. Tao-Brambleby scored his second goal of the contest with 7:27 left to play to take back a one goal lead, but the Pioneers dominated the rest of the quarter by scoring three times in the final 6:21 of the half to take a 6-4 advantage.

Robert Morris answered back in the third quarter outscoring the Pioneers three-to-one. Flood Scored a man-up goal with 8:35 left in the Frame, but a goal by Smith with 7:44 left on the clock and back-to-back goals by Moore knotted the score, 7-7 heading into the final frame.

Kiel Matisz (Stoney Creek, Ontario / Saltfleet) opened things up with a goal at 1:08, which was followed by two SHU goals, giving them a 9-8 lead with 4:53 left to play. Fortunately, the Colonials got in a scoring groove and found the net three times within a minutes span to take back the lead, 11-9. The squads swapped goals for a final time with Sacred Heart scoring with 1:44 left on the clock and Moore tallying his third score with 51 seconds left in the game to finalize the score, 12-10.

Sacred Heart was successful on only one-of-eight extra man opportunities, but held the Colonials scoreless on two chances.

Pioneer goalie Tom Trgo displayed an exceptional performance with 20 saves, while RMU's Dillon Pope (Smithtown, N.Y. / Smithtown) made eight stops.

The Colonials return to action next Saturday, May 1 against No. 1 Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. at 1:00 p.m.

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