April 3, 2011

Robert Morris Starts Hot, Holds Off Bryant

from press release

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The Robert Morris University women's lacrosse team knocked off Northeast Conference rival Bryant Sunday, 11-9, to pick up its first win of the season at Joe Walton Stadium.

The Colonials (3-8, 2-2) ran out to a 10-2 lead early in the second half and held off a late charge by the Bulldogs (3-8, 2-2) to pick up the win. Emily VanDyne (Webster, N.Y. / Webster Thomas) led the Colonials offensively with five points but five different Colonials posted a pair of goals.

Robert Morris got out of the gate quickly with five unanswered goals to start the game. Rachel Engel (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Upper St. Clair) scored at the 25:20 mark of the first half to give the Colonials the early advantage. VanDyne netted back-to-back goals to give the Colonials 3-0 advantage at the 19:13 mark. Elizabeth Sunseri (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Mt. Lebanon) made it 4-0 at the 18:26 mark off the assist by VanDyne. Engle closed the 5-0 start with her second of the first half at 17:02 of the first half.

Madeleine Pickett got Bryant on the board at the 15:24 mark of the first half with a free position goal. Kaleigh Gibbons (Candia, N.H. / Manchester Central) netted back-to-back goals to push the Robert Morris advantage to 7-1 at the 4:44 mark. Haley Bloom netted the second goal of the half for Bryant with 2:09 left in the half to cut the Colonial advantage to 7-2. Colleen O'Donnell (Portland, Ore. / St. Mary's Academy) pushed the Robert Morris advantage back to six with 23 seconds left in the half to give the Colonials an 8-2 advantage at the intermission.

The theme of the first half for the Colonials was sharing the ball as seven of the eight first half goals for RMU were assisted. Entering the game Sunday, Robert Morris did not have or than six assists in any game this season.

Ashley Trombetta (Sykesville, Md. / Century) kept the momentum going in the second half netting two goal early following the break to give RMU a 10-2 advantage at the 24:46 mark of the second stanza. Despite the eight-goal deficient Bryant refused to go away.

The Bulldogs responded to the eight-goal hole with six unanswered goals cutting the Robert Morris lead from eight down to just two. During the run, Bryant got two goals from Kimberley Sniffen and also netted two goals on free position shots. O'Donnell stopped the Bulldog run with a free position goal with just 4:35 left in the contest. Lisa Vendel cut the Colonial led to two with 4:06 left in half but it was all the offense the Bulldogs could conjure.

Kaitlin Pentz (Sykesville, Md. / Century) stopped seven in net for the Colonials including making five in the second half. Robert Morris won the draw control battle 12-9 including tour by Sunseri. The Colonials control the ground ball battle picking up 21 with Bryant managed only 10.

Robert Morris returns to action next week with a road trip to conference rival Wagner April 4. 

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