March 19, 2011

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RMU Keeps Bellarmine Winless on Road

from press release

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa.—The Bellarmine University lacrosse team remained winless on the road, dropping an 18-10 decision to Robert Morris this afternoon in an NCAA Division I non-conference game at Joe Walton Stadium.

The game started as a defensive struggle as Robert Morris shut out the Knights in the opening period to take a 1-0 lead. Bellarmine finally broke into the scoring column at the 13:09 mark of the second quarter to tie it 1-1 on an unassisted goal by Colton Clark.

The Colonials then scored four in row before goals by Ted Avendt and Cameron Gardner trimmed the margin to 5-3 with just over a minute in the opening half. However, the Colonials' Patrick Smith got a shot by Bellarmine goalkeeper Dillon Ward with just five ticks left on the clock to give the home squad a 6-3 halftime lead.

Robert Morris and Bellarmine traded to goals to start the second half, before the Colonials went on another 4-0 run to go up 11-4 with 4:05 remaining in the third quarter. Andrew Wolford brought the Knights a goal closer, but RMU's Corbyn Taobrambleby scored his fourth goal of the day as the Colonials took a 12-5 lead into the last quarter.

Although Bellarmine was able to double their goal total in the fourth quarter, Robert Morris kept its offense firing on all cylinders and scored six fourth quarter goals to make the final score 18-10.

For the game RMU held a 57-35 shot advantage over BU, which led to 21 saves for the Bellarmine goalies and just 11 for the Colonials.

Bellarmine committed twice as many turnovers as the Colonials with RMU winning the turnover battle 17-8. The Colonials also picked up 45 ground balls to BU's 28.

The Knights held a slight advantage in faceoffs, winning 16 of 31, and BU converted four of seven man-up opportunities.

Leading scorers for the game were Taobrambleby (4G, 0A) and Kevin Brownell (2G, 2A) of Robert Morris, and Gardner (3G) and Clark (1G, 2A) of Bellarmine.

Bellarmine slips to 3-6 on the season, while RMU climbs to 4-3.

The Knights hope to snap their road losing streak next Saturday as they visit the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College. Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.


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