April 8, 2011

Robert Morris Dominates Wagner 14-1

from press release

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The Robert Morris University women's lacrosse team picked up its second consecutive win against a Northeast Conference foe Friday knocking off Wagner on the road, 14-1.

The Colonials (4-8, 2-2) used two seven goal runs and the best defensive effort in school history to defeat the Seahawks (2-9, 1-3). Ashley Trombetta (Sykesville, Md. / Century) picked up six points while Colleen O'Donnell (Portland, Ore. / St. Mary's Academy) netted four goals and Kaitlin Pentz (Sykesville, Md. / Century) allowed the fewest goals in school history.

Trombetta started the offensive onslaught for the Colonials scoring 1:28 into the game. O'Donnell made it a two goal advantage 47 seconds later. Elizabeth Sunseri (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Mt. Lebanon) made it 3-0 at the 25:15 make of the first half. NEC rookie of the Week, Emily VanDyne (Webster, N.Y. / Webster Thomas) pushed the Colonial advantage to 4-0 at the 23:37 mark.

O'Donnell netted her second goal of the game 25 seconds later to give Robert Morris a five goal lead 6:48 into the contest. Lauren Roberts (Baldwinsville, N.Y. / C.W. Baker) made it a 6-0 game at the 18:43 mark of the first half. O'Donnell completed her first half hat trick with 17:20 left in the first frame.

Wagner netted its only goal of the game with 16:11 left in the first half as Lauren Petrik netted a goal of an assist from Annie O'Connor. Trombetta closed first half scoring with her second goal of the game with 11:25 left in the half.

Trombetta completed her hat trick with the first goal of the second half at 24:31 of the second half to give RMU a 9-1 advantage. Trombetta assisted on the next two Colonial goals as O'Donnell and MacKenzie Lawler (Okemos, Mich. / Okemos) found the net.

Roberts netted her second to push the Colonial lead to 12-1 with 11:33 left in regulation. VanDyne scored her second goal of the game at the 8:01 mark of the second half off an assist from Sunseri. Kaleigh Gibbons (Candia, N.H. / Manchester Central) closed scoring in the contest with nine seconds left in the regulation.  

Robert Morris dominated shot attempts outshooting Wagner 29-8, while also winning the ground ball battle 22-17. O'Donnell, who entered the game as the national leader in caused turnovers and second in the NEC in ground balls, picked up six ground balls and caused six turnovers.  

Robert Morris returns to action at noon Sunday against conference rival Long Island.  

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