March 17, 2012

Robert Morris Caps Comeback, Edges Davidson in OT

from press release

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The Robert Morris women’s lacrosse team rallied from five goals down in the final twelve minutes to force overtime before freshman Erin Mossop (Schenectady, N.Y. / Guilderland) scored the only goal in the extra frame to lead the Colonials to their second victory of the season.  The 13-12 victory this afternoon snapped a six-game losing streak for the Colonials.

Robert Morris (2-6, 0-0 NEC) never led in the game until overtime as the Davidson (3-5, 0-0 NLC) held leads of two, three, and five goals against RMU throughout the game.  Sophomores Talia Waskowicz (Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Allegheny) and MacKenzie Lawler (Okemos, Mich. / Okemos) brought the Colonials back from a 12-7 deficit in the second half with the duo scoring five goals that brought the game to a tie at the end of regulation.

The Colonials fell behind early as Davidson registered the first two goals only eighteen seconds apart with twenty minutes remaining in the first half.  Senior Courtney Sicinski (Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown West) got the RMU on the board a minute later.  Davidson would add a third goal before Mossop would score her first of two goals in the game.  Lawler would follow up that goal with her first of three on the day to tie the game at three with ten minutes remaining in the half.  The Wildcats would respond with the next three goals to double their total to six before Waskowicz scored her first of five goals in the contest with five minutes remaining.  Davidson would add a seventh goal in the half before RMU’s Kristin Yoviene (Easton, Md. / Saints Peter and Paul) ended the first-half scoring with the Colonials’ fifth goal.

Robert Morris would pull even with the Wildcats as they tallied the first two goals of the second half. Senior Colleen O’Donnell (Portland, Ore. / St. Mary’s Academy) scored thirty seconds in and Waskowicz netted her second of the game just two minutes later.  Robert Morris would not control the lead for the time being as Davidson rattled off the next five goals over a four minute stretch. Coming out of a timeout, the Colonials started their own run of five-straight goals as Waskowicz netted her second hat trick of the season.  Lawler would add the next two goals for Robert Morris as she joined her fellow sophomore in recording a hat trick in today’s contest.  Waskowicz would match Lawler’s two goals with two of her own to bring her total for the game to five with the game-tying goal with 1:06 remaining in regulation.  The only scoring in overtime would come from the stick of Mossop as she tallied her second of the game.

Sophomore goaltender Kaitlin Pentz (Sykesville, Md. / Century) made eleven saves in the contest to pick up her second win of the season.  Her counterpart, Pittsburgh native Jessica Melby, also recorded eleven saves while picking up the loss for Davidson.  The Colonials held the edge in shots, ground balls, caused turnovers, draw controls, and clears over the Wildcats in the game.  O’Donnell led Robert Morris with four ground balls, three caused turnovers, and six draw controls in the contest.

The Colonials return to action as they open up NEC play with a two-game road trip facing Mount St. Mary’s this upcoming Friday before continuing their travels to Monmouth next Sunday.  The squad returns home on March 31 to host St. Francis (PA) at Joe Walton Stadium with a 1:00 p.m. faceoff.

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