March 28, 2013

Robert Morris Picks Up First NEC Victory

from press release

Brooklyn, N.Y. - The Robert Morris University women's lacrosse team kicked off the road portion of its Northeast Conference schedule with an afternoon contest at LIU-Brooklyn on Thursday. Behind an offense that produced nineteen goals, the Colonials picked up their first win in NEC play as they defeated the Blackbirds, 19-11.

LIU-Brooklyn would open the scoring just 25 seconds in to the contest as the Blackbirds capitalized on a RMU turnover in the offensive zone and went end-to-end for the first goal. Robert Morris would not wait long to respond as Brittany Byerly (Wexford, Pa. / Pine-Richland) would net the first goal of the game for the Colonials.

The Blackbirds would take a 2-1 lead before the Colonials rattled off three consecutive goals over a span of just 1:43. Emily Jamison (Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Hills) would score the first of her three goals as she tied the game, 2-2. Just 31 seconds after her first goal, Jamison would score again to give the Colonials the lead for good, 3-2, as she scored both goals while RMU was down a player after receiving a yellow card. The fourth Robert Morris goal came from Emily VanDyne (Webster, N.Y. / Webster Thomas) to give the Colonials a 4-2 lead just ten minutes in to the contest.

Just before the midway point of the half, LIU-Brooklyn would cut the Robert Morris lead to a single goal, 4-3, before the Colonials again scored three-straight goals. VanDyne would net her second goal of the half just 16 seconds after the Blackbird goal to regain the two-goal advantage for RMU. Lauren Roberts (Baldwinsville, N.Y. / C.W. Baker) would contribute her fifth goal of the season to further increase the lead for the Colonials. VanDyne would complete her hat trick with her third goal in a span of just over eight minutes which made the score 7-3 in favor of the Colonials.

After a fourth goal by the Blackbirds, Roberts tallied her second of the game to maintain the four-goal lead for Robert Morris. A fifth goal for LIU-Brooklyn a short time later was answered with two goals by Jessica Karwacki (Sparks, Md. / Hereford). The Blackbirds would net the final goal of the first half with twenty seconds remaining as the Colonials held a four-goal advantage, 10-6.

The opening ten minutes of the second half belonged to Robert Morris as the Colonials would score four times to increase their lead to eight goals. The first three goals came from Kristin Yoviene (Easton, Md. / Saints Peter and Paul) as completed the natural hat trick. Yoviene's three goals came just 5:03 apart and was followed up by Jamison's third goal of the afternoon as RMU held a 14-6 lead.

The eight-goal advantage quickly shrunk during the middle of the second half. In less than six minutes, the Blackbirds would score five times to make the score 14-11 with 13:37 remaining. Robert Morris closed out the game scoring the final five goals in response to the run made by LIU-Brooklyn. Talia Waskowicz (Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Allegheny) would put an end to the scoring run of the Blackbirds with the 15th goal for RMU. Karwacki would become the fourth Colonial to record a hat trick as she picked up her third goal of the game with eight minutes remaining. Yoviene would then add her fourth goal of the contest a short time later before MacKenzie Lawler (Okemos, Mich. / Okemos) pushed the lead even further. Roberts would finish the scoring with two minutes remaining as she also joined the hat trick club with her third goal that made the final score 19-11.

The Colonials would win 22 of the 32 draw controls while Karwacki would corral 17 of them. Robert Morris directly caused eight of the 24 LIU-Brooklyn turnovers while also forcing the Blackbirds in to ten failed clearing attempts. Goaltender Kaitlin Pentz (Sykesville, Md. / Century) earned her fifth win of the season that saw the Colonials improve to 5-5 for the 2013 season and 1-2 in conference play.

Robert Morris returns to action on Saturday as it concludes a two-game road trip with a contest against Wagner. The game against the Seahawks is scheduled to start at Noon.

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