March 14, 2012

Duquesne Beats Crosstown Rival Robert Morris

from press release

PITTSBURGH -- Five different Colonials tallied on Wednesday night as the Robert Morriswomen's lacrosse team fell to cross-town rival Duquesne 12-6. MacKenzie Lawler led the Colonials with two goals on the night.

After Duquesne jumped out to a two-goal lead early in the first half, the Colonials responded with two goals of their own to even the score – all in the game's first 20 minutes. Senior Courtney Sicinski (Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown West) opened the night for RMU with her eighth goal of the year with 25:56 left in the first half after being set up by freshman Jessica Rutherford (Pylesville, Md. / North Harford). Freshman Kristin Yoviene (Easton, Md. / Saints Peter and Paul) would net her ninth goal of the year for the equalizer with 22:16 remaining.

The Colonials (1-6 overall, 0-0 NEC) would net a third unanswered goal less than three minutes later at 19:43 when sophomore Emily VanDyne (Webster, N.Y. / Webster Thomas) tallied her second goal of the season to put RMU up 3-2.

But the lead would not last. Duquesne (4-3, 0-0 Atlantic 10) would score four-straight goals to reclaim the lead before sophomore Talia Waskowicz (Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Allegheny) ended the Dukes' run with her 10th goal of the year at 27:01 of the second half. Lawler (Okemos, Mich. / Okemos) would add a pair of second-half goals (22:44, 8:30) to give the Colonials six on the night, but the hosts would increase their goal total to 12 as regulation came to an end.

Sophomore Kaitlin Pentz (Sykesville, Md. / Century) took the loss for Robert Morris with an eight-save performance. Liz Walker made four saves to pick up the win for Duquesne. Haley Marafioti led the Dukes with five points and three goals in the win.

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