April 14, 2012

Robert Morris Keeps Offense Rolling vs. Mt. St. Mary's

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Robert Morris University men's lacrosse team scored the first three goals of the game and never let up as it kept its offensive momentum rolling in a 17-10 win over host Sacred Heart in Northeast Conference (NEC) action Saturday afternoon at Campus Field.With the effort, RMU scored at least 15 goals for the third straight outing, achieving that feat for the second time in program history. The Colonials also assisted on 12 of those 17 scores to tally a double-digit assist total for the third-consecutive game.

While the offense was making headlines, there was a notable defensive performance as well. Redshirt junior Mike Meagher (Chesterfield, Mo. / St. Louis University)registered a caused turnover in the first minute of the second quarter to break RMU's all-time career record for CT. Meagher, who also tied his career high with six ground balls, tallied another caused turnover later in the game and finished the day with a new program record sum of 44.

Senior Kyle Buchanan (Nepean, Ontario / John McCrae)led the offensive outburst Saturday as he finished with a game-high five points courtesy of a hat trick and two assists. It marked Buchanan's third-career game with at least five points, all of which have come on the road, and his fourth career hat trick. With his performance, Buchanan notched his 31st career multi-point game and his 11th career multi-goal game.

Redshirt senior Kevin Brownell (Burlington, Ontario / Central) was the other Colonial to tally a hat trick Saturday as he scored three goals and added a helper to tie his career high of four points. It marked Brownell's second hat trick in his past five games and also was his 21st career multi-point game and his 12th career multi-goal game.

Redshirt junior Dave Morton (Orangeville, Ontario / Hill School) matched Brownell's output of four points with two goals and two assists. In the process, he picked up his fourth straight multi-goal game, a stretch in which he has notched at least three points in every game.

Senior Kiel Matisz (Stoney Creek, Ontario / Saltfleet) collected a goal and two assists to move into third place in career points at RMU with 147. Matisz broke his previous career high for goals with his 29th score of the season and extended his point streak to 17 straight games. His 37th career multi-point game also gave him at least three points for the 14th time in RMU's past 16 games.

Junior Tyler Digby (Westminster, British Columbia / New Westminster) was the final Colonial to hit at least three points Saturday as he matched Matisz's line. Digby tied his career high for points in a game and points in a season in the process as he hit three points for the fifth time in his career.

RMU had statistical advantages in shots (46-33) and shots on goal (33-18) and also committed fewer turnovers. However, its biggest area of control may have been in ground balls as RMU held a 41-25 margin in that department, marking the third straight game in which the Colonials have had at least 14 more ground balls than their opponent. Robert Morris has tallied 138 ground balls in its past three games compared to the 87 grabbed by its opposition.

Robert Morris scored the game's first three goals in the first six minutes and had a 5-3 lead after one quarter of play. After the Pioneers pulled within one early in the second frame, RMU took control by going on a 5-0 run in fewer than six minutes. The Colonials maintained a six-goal margin at the half, 11-5.

Sacred Heart scored the first three goals out of the break to make the proceedings more interesting, but that would be as close as it would get the rest of the way as RMU responded with back-to-back goals to push the margin back to five, 13-8. Robert Morris led 14-9 after 45 minutes of action and extended its lead in the final stanza.

The Colonials got a couple of goals from unlikely sources.

One week after tallying his first-career point, sophomore defenseman Sean Meagher (Chesterfield, Mo. / St. Louis University) scored his first-career goal in the third quarter. Sean also added an assist to record his first career multi-point game.

Senior faceoff specialist Mike Grosz (St. Louis, Mo. / Parkway West) also put one between the pipes to notch his second goal of the season.

Junior Jake Hayes (Calgary, Alberta / Central Memorial) scored a pair of goals to reach 50 for his career. He tallied his 10th multi-point game this season and his eighth multi-goal output.

Senior Casey Abbott (San Jose, Calif. / Bellarmine Prep.) and redshirt sophomore Taylor Graves (Carlsbad, Calif. / Carlsbad) both notched one goal and one assist. Abbott collected his fourth consecutive multi-point game with the performance.

Robert Morris has now won each of its last four games against Sacred Heart.

RMU will have a week of before continuing NEC play as the Colonials will face defending league champion Mount St. Mary's next Saturday, April 14. The opening faceoff is set for 4:00 p.m.

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