April 19, 2009

RMU Ends Season with Win over Mount

from press release

The Robert Morris University Colonials ended their season on a high note as they took down Mount Saint Mary's in a 14-13 thriller on Sunday afternoon during RMU's senior day contest at Joe Walton Stadium.

The win over Mount Saint Mary's marked several firsts for the Colonials. It marked the Colonials' first win over the Mountaineers in program history and gave RMU a final 9-8 overall record, which is the first time the Colonials have ever finished a season above .500. They also end the season with a 5-3 league mark, which is the best NEC record in RMU history.

After two comeback goals by the Mount in the final minute of regulation to tie the game 13-13, senior Jillian Howley (East Northport, N.Y. / Northport) stepped up to the plate and connected on a free-position attempt with 15 seconds left in the game to capture the 14-13 win. The free-position goal was the Colonials only successful free-position shot on seven attempts throughout the game. Seconds before Howley's game winning goal, the Mountaineers had a free-position opportunity, but junior goalie Erica Webb (Arnold, Md. / Broadneck) made a clutch save to prevent the score and enable the win for RMU.

Howley also scored once earlier in the game to finish with two goals, while senior Kara Blakeley (Gibsonia, Pa. / Pine-Richland) led RMU with four goals and one assist for five points. Senior Ashley Levering (Glenwood, Md. / Glenelg) and sophomore Ashley Trombetta (Sykesville, Md. / Century) registered one goal and two assists each in the win and seniors Jennifer Collins (Edgewater, Md. / South River) and Emily Tomlinson (Springfield, Va. / West Springfield) each captured two goals.

The Mount started off play with a goals by Kathleen Rossetti at 1:01 and Katelyn Catanese at 5:37 to take the early 2-0 lead. However, Robert Morris responded with two back-to-back goals of its own. At 7:33 Tomlinson took a pass from Levering a beat Mountaineer goalie Brigid McTavish for RMU's first goal and then at 11:08 Blakeley evened up the score 2-2 with her first goal of the day.

With 14:45 left in the half Brianna Gauthier snuck through RMU's defense for the score, but the Colonials were able to score three goals in the next four minutes to grab a 5-3 advantage.

In the final 6:44 of the first-half the Mountaineers scored three times, while Levering and Blakeley scored one more time each for the Colonials to bring the score to 7-6 in RMU's favor to start the second-half.

After three minutes of play Collins got the first second-half score on the board when she triggered the ball into Mount St. Mary's net at 3:02. The Mount answered back less than a minute later with a goal by Kelly Taylor on a free-position attempt.

At. 5:01 Howley scored her first goal of the game off of an assist by Ali Gibbons (Candia, N.H. / Manchester), which was followed by Blakeley's fourth goal of the contest 43 seconds later. Throughout the next five minutes, the two squads traded goals to bring the score to 12-9 with 15:54 left on the clock.

At 15:11 Tomlinson scored her second goal of the game to give RMU its largest lead of the day at 13-9. At 20:48 and 22:12 Catanese notched her fifth and sixth goal of the day to bring the score to 13-11. For the next seven minutes RMU maintained possession of the ball making it impossible for the Mountaineers to score.

However, with 1:15 left on the clock the Mount managed to take the ball and score to bring the game within one. 25 seconds later Mount St. Mary's Lucy Pompa found the net and scored again for the Mountaineers to knot the score 13-13.

Both teams battled for the remaining seconds of the game, but it was RMU who came out on top, 14-13, when Howley scored with 10 seconds left on the clock.

Webb finished the contest with 12 saves, while McTavish notched 10 saves. The two squads were relatively even on draw controls with Mount St. Mary's winning 15 and RMU notching 14 wins.

The Colonials end the season with a 9-8 overall record and a 5-3 NEC mark.

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