March 27, 2009

RMU Knocks Off Wagner in NEC

from press release

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – After falling to Monmouth in their conference opener last weekend, the Robert Morris University Colonials bounced back with a 19-14 victory over NEC foe Wagner on Friday afternoon at Joe Walton Stadium. RMU’s 19 goals in the win is a season high for the squad and senior Kara Blakeley (Gibsonia, Pa. / Pine-Richland) captured an individual career game-high with five goals.

Four other Colonials joined Blakeley with multiple goals in the triumph. Senior Emily Tomlinson (Springfield, Va. / West Springfield) recorded a hat-trick and senior Jennifer Collins (Edgewater, Md. / South River), junior Ali Gibbons (Candia, N.H. / Machester) and freshman Courtney Sicinski (Downington, Pa. / Downington West) each notched a pair of goals. Senior Ashley Levering (Glenwood, Md. / Glenelg) continues to be RMU’s top assist provider, as she led the game with four helpers, while also adding one goal for five points.

Within the first five minutes of action Wagner tallied two goals to take the early lead. At 5:59 Blakeley found her way through a sea of green jerseys to tally RMU’s first goal of the day. Freshman Colleen O'Donnell (Portland, Ore. / St. Mary’s Academy) followed with another Colonial goal at 8:13 to tie things up and 40 seconds later Collins beat Wagner goalie Alex Johnston to give RMU a lead that it would never retire.

During the next 7:30 of play Robert Morris added three more goals to its total to set the score at 6-2. The Seahawks were finally able to find their way through the Colonials’ resilient defense when Janine Bright scored her second goal of the day. Bright’s goal was followed by two more Wagner goals to bring the score within one at 6-5.

Robert Morris slowly began building a demanding lead throughout the rest of the first half and was able to tally six more goals, while Wagner registered just one goal by Kelly Blundin.

The two squads headed into the second-half with Robert Morris enjoying a six goal cushion at 12-6. Robert Morris dominated possession for the first seven minutes of play, but was unable to find the net. Wagner was finally able to get the ball back and raced it down the field. Cara Gonzalez passed the ball off to Blundin, who scored her fourth and final goal of the game.

However, the Colonials responded with three unanswered goals within a 48 second span to improve RMU’s lead to 15-7. Levering launched the ball to sophomore Ashley Trombetta (Sykesville, Md. / Century) at 9:28, who sent the ball flying into Wagner’s net. 28 seconds later Blakeley tallied her third goal of the game and with 19:44 left on the clock Levering picked up her own rebound and tossed the ball to Tomlinson, who was able to connect.

Wagner answered back with a free-position goal and Bright’s third score of the day to cut into RMU’s lead 15-9. Gibbons was able to give Robert Morris back its eight goal lead with two back-to-back goals and then at 17:43 Blakeley gave the Colonials their biggest lead at 18-9.

Wagner made a run for it in the last 10 minutes of action, scoring five times to RMU’s one goal, but the Colonials still prevailed with the 19-14 win.

RMU junior goalie Erica Webb (Arnold, Md. / Broadneck) finished the game with 11 saves, while Johnston tallied 13 saves in the defeat. Robert Morris dominated on draw controls, winning 22 to Wagner’s 13 and went one-for-three on free-position shots, while Wagner was five-of-thirteen.

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