April 13, 2011

Moore Sets Robert Morris Record with Seven-Goal Performance

from press release

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Senior captain Trevor Moore (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia / Western Reserve Academy) delivered one of the best offensive performances in school history Wednesday afternoon as he broke a single-game school record by tallying seven goals in leading the Robert Morris University men's lacrosse team to a 14-5 rout of host Canisius in the Colonials' final non-conference contest of the season at the Demske Sports Complex.

Moore, who entered the week ranked first nationally in goals per game, certainly did not take a breather after Saturday as he recorded his second consecutive seven-point game and now owns four games in his career in which he has hit at least that figure, a school record. His final score of the day broke his single-season career high and moved him into a tie for second place all-time in single-season goals scored at Robert Morris (36).

Sophomore Jake Hayes (Calgary, Alberta / Central Memorial) provided back-to-back hat tricks for the first time in his career as he tied his career high with three points. Junior captain Kiel Matisz (Stoney Creek, Ontario / Saltfleet) also added a trio of points on the strength of two goals and an assist, notching his first multi-goal game of the season and the 10th of his career in the process.

Although RMU would cruise to victory, Canisius actually grabbed the opening two goals and had a 2-0 advantage seven minutes into the opening quarter. Then Moore took over.

He turned the Colonial deficit into a lead without hesitation as he struck for a natural hat trick in a span of just 3:52 to put RMU on top, 3-2, with just over four minutes remaining in the first.

Matisz added an unassisted score to put Robert Morris up by two, but the Golden Griffins momentarily responded by tying the game early in the second quarter with consecutive goals.

After Canisius tied it, 4-4, Robert Morris absolutely took complete control as it went on a 10-0 run and held the Golden Griffins scoreless until the final five seconds of regulation, a span of over 42 minutes.

Redshirt senior captain Patrick Smith's (Westminster, Md. / Westminster) goal just past the midway point of the second quarter gave RMU the lead for good. The Colonials entered intermission with a flurry of momentum after Hayes and Moore scored just 16 seconds apart in the final 90 seconds of the half to give RMU a 7-4 lead.

Robert Morris put the game out of reach by exploding for a six-goal third quarter in which Moore registered three more tallies, Hayes added two and Matisz recorded one. Sophomore Tyler Digby (Westminster, British Columbia / New Westminster) added RMU's final goal near the midpoint of the fourth quarter.

Moore, who moved his program-record career goal total to 120, tied classmate Corbyn Tao-Brambleby's (Coquitlam, British Columbia / Western Reserve Academy) school record for career hat tricks (18) with Wednesday's performance. He also extended his consecutive point streak to 41 games and also pushed his stretch of consecutive games with multiple points to 11.

Smith added an assist to pick up his third consecutive multi-point effort and his ninth of the season while Digby also provided a helper to notch his first multi-point game of the season.

Junior Mike Grosz (St. Louis, Mo. / Parkway West) won 13 of the 19 faceoffs he took, collected six ground balls and recorded his first collegiate point with an assist on Moore's tally immediately preceding halftime.

Freshman Anthony Bianchi (Rochester, N.Y. / Aquinas Institute) also registered his first collegiate point when he assisted on Hayes' goal that opened the second-half scoring.

In his first-career start, freshman Alex Kelly (Fallston, Md. / Archbishop Curley) was a defensive force for RMU as he tallied three caused turnovers and also scooped up two ground balls.

RMU wrapped up a three-game road trip Wednesday while finishing its non-conference slate at 6-3.

Robert Morris returns to action this Saturday, April 16, as it plays its first-ever Northeast Conference (NEC) home game. The Colonials will host Wagner at 2:30 p.m. at Joe Walton Stadium.


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