Robert Morris Downs Mount St. Mary's, 8-3
from Press Release
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – April 27, 2014 – Having already secured the program's second Northeast Conference Tournament berth, the Robert Morris Universitywomen's lacrosse team concluded regular season action with its annual Senior Day festivities on Sunday afternoon with an 8-3 victory over Mount St. Mary's.
On a day in which she was one of five seniors honored prior to the contest, senior goaltender Kaitlin Pentz (Sykesville, Md. / Century) shut out a team for an entire half for the second time in her career. Turning away six shots in the opening frame, Pentz backstopped Robert Morris (11-5, 5-2 NEC) to a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Fellow senior Emily VanDyne (Webster, N.Y. / Webster Thomas) got the scoring started three minutes into the half with the 40th goal of her career.
Over twenty minutes would elapse before RMU picked up its second goal, a tally coming from Katie Breeze (Ellicott City, Md. / Middletown) with just over five minutes remaining in the half.
Three minutes after Breeze's marker, Corey Karwacki (Sparks, Md. / Hereford) pushed the lead to 3-0 with her 31st goal of the season, an advantage that the Colonials would carry into the halftime break. Karwacki's 31 goals this season is one of the ten-highest goal totals in a single year during RMU's ten-year history.
RMU's lead would double to 6-0 in a span of seven minutes to start the second half as the three-goal run was started by Emily Jamison (Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Hills) almost three minutes after the resumption of play when she made the score 4-0.
Corey's sister, Jessica Karwacki (Sparks, Md. / Hereford), scored three minutes later to make the score 5-0 and add a goal to her pair of assists as she led Robert Morris with three points in the victory and surpassed 50 career points in just her second season at RMU. J. Karwacki also collected eight draw controls to give her an even 200 controls this season, becoming the first student-athlete in NCAA history to reach that mark.
Kristin Yoviene (Easton, Md. / Saints Peter and Paul) picked up the first of her two goals in the half to put Robert Morris up six just seven minutes into the second half as she now has 75 goals in three seasons as a Colonial, the seventh-most in program history.
By the time that Mount St. Mary's (3-13, 2-5 NEC) found the back of the net, Pentz had established the program's longest shutout streak to start a game having held the Mountaineers off the board for 38:57, surpassing the previous mark of 35:07 set by Erica Webb against Central Connecticut State in 2009.
The goal for the Mountaineers cut the lead for Robert Morris to five, but the Colonials responded with a pair of goals for a seven-goal advantage, the largest lead of the game.
Yoviene recorded her second marker of the contest midway through the half before Jessica Rutherford (Pylesville, Md. / North Harford) netted the eighth and final RMU goal with 12 minutes remaining in regulation.
Mount St. Mary's picked up two goals in the final three minutes of action as RMU closed its final chapter of the regular season with an 8-3 victory.
After six saves in the first half, Pentz finished the contest with seven stops while collecting her program-record 11th win of the season and 33rd win of her career. Pentz first held an opponent scoreless for a half as a freshman in 2011 against Wagner when she kept the Seahawks off the board in the second half of that contest.
The three remaining seniors – Rachel Cox (Pasadena, Md. / Chesapeake), Lauren Roberts (Baldwinsville, N.Y. / C.W. Baker), and Stacy Wade (Canadaigua, N.Y. / Canadaigua)– all started in their final regular season home contest as a Colonial as the group now has 34 victories in their four seasons at Robert Morris, a program record for any class.
Robert Morris will make the trek to Smithfield, R.I. for the 2014 Northeast Conference Tournament in the coming week before taking part in a semifinal matchup against Wagner on Friday, May 2 that is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.
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