RMU Edges Jacksonville in Another Shootout
from press release
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The Robert Morris
University Colonials were up by five with 6:02 left to play, but
the Dolphins surged a comeback by scoring four goals within two
minutes to make it a one goal game. Both teams scrambled for
possession in the last 2:25 of regulation, but the Colonials
prevailed and held on to their one goal lead to win 18-17.
Robert Morris led the game for all but 40 seconds of the contest when the game was knotted 7-7 with 5:18 left to play in the second quarter. However, the Dolphins never let Robert Morris far from their sight with the Colonials biggest lead capping at five goals, which occurred twice in the contest.
The win was a complete Colonial effort as 10 players scored goals in the win, 12 captured at least one point, six recorded multi goal games and nine earned multi point games. Junior Patrick Smith (Westminster, Md. / Westminster) led the contest with four goals and one assist for five points, while sophomore Kiel Matisz (Stoney Creek, Ontario / Saltfleet) finished the contest with a team high three assists and one goal for four points. Junior Taylor Caparosa (Annapolis, Md. / Annapolis), junior Keith Lee (Hudson, Ohio / Western Reserve Academy) and sophomore Kyle Buchanan (Nepean, Ontario / John McCrae) each finished with a pair of goals and one assist.
Mike Grosz (St. Louis, Mo. / Parkway West) finished the contest with a team high seven ground balls, while Jordon Sealock (Airdrie, Alberta / George MacDougal) and Buchanan each recorded a season-high six ground balls. Sealock also added a team high three caused turnovers.
RMU opened the contest with a two goal lead within the first five minutes of play with scores by Matisz and Lee. John Linnan responded for Jacksonville by scoring an unassisted goal at 5:02. However, the Colonials continued to dominate the first quarter and scored the next three goals to take a 5-1 lead. Before the end of the first frame the Dolphins and the Colonials traded goals to set the score at 6-2 in RMU's favor heading into the second quarter.
Freshman Taylor Graves (Carlsbad, Calif. / Carlsbad) increased RMU's lead to five goals by beating Dolphin goalie Brad Hester at 3:46. Throughout the next five minutes Jacksonville's offense exploded and scored five goals to knot the score 7-7 with Jeremy Tissenbaum and Ryan Serville leading the way with two apiece. That would be the only time RMU did not lead the contest.
Within the last few minutes of regulation, the Colonials regained their composure and found the net three times to take back the lead, 10-7.
In the third quarter the Dolphins and the Colonials fired off three goals apiece, which maintained RMU's three goal lead at 13-10.
The two squads traded goals to start the final quarter, but the Dolphins triggered off two goals at the 2:27 and 3:49 marks to cut RMU's lead to one. At 6:01 Rob Marasti (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Mt. Lebanon) scored his first goal of the season for the Colonials, which was followed by three more RMU goals to give them their biggest lead of the second half at 18-13. The Dolphins made a run for it to end the half with four goals, but the Colonials were able to hold on to earn the 18-17 win.
Redshirt freshman Charles Ruppert (Long Island, N.Y. / Massapequa) and sophomore Dillon Pope (Smithtown, N.Y. / Smithtown West) shared time between the pipes and made six save apiece. Hester tallied 10 stops for the Dolphins.
Nick Scalzo led the Dolphins with five goals and added one assist for six points and Ryan Serville led the team with seven points, consisting of three goals and four assists.
The Colonials return to action next Saturday, April 3 when they take the Air Force at 12:00 p.m. at Joe Walton Stadium.
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