April 9, 2009

Robert Morris Rolls to 19-6 Win Over CCSU

from press release

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – April 9, 2009 – The Robert Morris University Colonials extended its winning streak to two games after defeating the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils, 19-6, on Thursday afternoon at Joe Walton Stadium. The 13 goal difference was the largest margin Robert Morris has defeated a team by this season. The win was a complete team effort as it saw 12 players capture at least one point in the win, which is a season high for the squad.

With the win Robert Morris improves to 7-6 overall and 3-2 in league play, while Central Connecticut State drops to 0-13 and 0-6 in the NEC.

Senior Ashley Levering (Glenwood, Md. / Glenelg) tied a season-high in assists with five and led the game in points with six, while senior Jillian Howley (East Northport, N.Y. / Northport) led the game in goals with four. She also added an assist for a five-point game. Senior attacker Emily Tomlinson (Springfield, Va. / West Springfield) captured a hat trick and has totaled at least one point in every game this season. Seniors Kara Blakeley (Gibsonia, Pa. / Pine-Richland), Jennifer Collins (Edgewater, Md. / South River) and freshman Courtney Sicinski (Downington, Pa. / Downington West) each added a pair of goals. In addition, senior Brittany Borsody (Germantown, Md. / Wagner) and junior Alexis Liberatore (Marriotsville, Md. / Liberty) captured their first goals of the season.

The goalkeeping duo of Erica Webb (Arnold, Md. / Broadneck) and Jennifer Schulze (Bel Air, Md. / C. Milton Wright) captured a combined 17 saves in the win. Webb finished the entire first-half without allowing any Blue Devil goals and was scored on just two times in the second half.

The Colonials dominated the game from the very beginning of play and racked up 13 goals in the first-half alone, while Central Connecticut State was unsuccessful on all attempts.

Howley opened up play 56 seconds into action when she rolled through the Blue Devil defenders to grab the first goal of the game. Three minutes later Sicinski found a pass from junior Ali Gibbons (Candia, N.H. / Machester) and found the net to increase RMU’s lead to 2-0.

RMU continued to collect goals throughout the half. Blakeley tallied both of her goals within less than a two minute span. In pursuit of her second score of the day the senior went coast to coast with the ball and took it straight to the net for the goal.

The Colonials finished up the first half scoring five goals in the last 1:44 seconds of action. Howley scored back-to-back goals within an 11 second time period and sophomore Ashley Trombetta (Sykesville, Md. / Century) concluded the half with a free-position goal with one second left on the clock to end things with the Colonials up 13-0.

Howley started off the second half with a goal at 1:12 with Levering notching her fourth assist on the play. Central Connecticut State was finally able to get a point on the scoreboard when Lyndsey Mastandrea connected on a free position shot at 5:07.

The Blue Devils finally started getting a rhythm with RMU and continued to trade goals with the Colonials for the remainder of play. However, Robert Morris’ impressive first-half performance was enough to ensure them the 19-6 win.

Robert Morris will look for its third consecutive conference win on Saturday, April 11 when the Colonials take on Quinnipiac at 12:00 p.m.

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