March 16, 2011

Duquesne's 12-Goal Run Dooms RMU

from press release

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The Robert Morris University women's lacrosse fell in its return to Joe Walton Stadium against cross-town rival Duquesne, Wednesday, 13-5.
The Colonials (1-4, 0-0) got an early goal from Mackenzie Lawler but fell victim to a 12-goal run by the Dukes (4-2, 0-0) from which RMU could not recover. Robert Morris netted four second half goals but could not rally past its cross-town rival, falling for the fourth consecutive contest.

Haley Marafioti scored on a free position shot to give the Dukes the early lead. Robert Morris tied the game three minutes later as Lawler found the net with Colleen O'Donnell earning the assist on the play. Duquesne responded to the early challenge with four consecutive goals to close out the half. Robert Morris struggled in the first half on clears at the Dukes held the Colonials to just two successful clears in six chances. Kaitlin Pentz made five first half stops as Duquesne posted 16 shots in the period.

The Duquesne run continued into the second half with as the Dukes netted eight more goals in to push the lead to 13-1. The Colonials found a solid offensive rhythm later in the second stanza as Cara Hernandez continued her solid early showing netting her eighth goal of the year at the 5:58 mark of the second. After assisting on Hernandez's goal, Ashley Trombetta cut into the lead herself with a goal with 4:57 remaining on the clock. Emily VanDyne trimmed the lead to 13-4 with a goal 47 seconds later off of an assist from Colleen O'Donnell. Hernandez closed scoring for the Colonials with her second goal of game with 3:49 left in the contest.

The Dukes took advantage of their free-position shots scoring on five-of-eight, while Robert Morris struggled with clears failing to convert on five after entering the game with seven failed conversions all season. Liz Walker made several great saves in net for Duquesne and stopped a total of 10 shots.

Robert Morris returns to action at 3:00 p.m. Friday against St. Bonaventure at Joe Walton Stadium.

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